Postdoctoral Researcher – Bioprocess Engineering for CO2 to Microbial Protein, Aarhus University, Denmark

Postdoc Position in Denmark, Aarhus University Denmark

Postdoctoral Researcher – Bioprocess Engineering: Join the Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center (CORC) at Aarhus University in Denmark for a 2-year postdoctoral position. We are seeking a motivated researcher to work at the intersection of applied microbiology, bioprocess engineering, and microbial biotechnology. Your work will contribute to the development of a groundbreaking biological process for converting CO2 into protein, with the aim of revolutionizing food production.

Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: Bioprocess Engineering for CO2 to Microbial Protein

Location: Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering – Industrial Biotechnology, Aarhus University, Gustav Wieds Vej 10C, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark


  • Ph.D. in anaerobic microbiology, biotechnology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, or related fields.
  • Strong interest in bioprocess engineering and sustainable technologies.
  • Excellent English language skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Strong management and communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented.

Job Description:

In this 2-year postdoctoral position, you will be part of a high-impact project aiming to revolutionize protein production using CO2 and renewable energy sources. The project involves a two-stage anaerobic microbial fermentation system. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Optimizing the integration of the first fermentation stage with the second fermentation stage.
  • Reducing chemical inputs and maximizing carbon conversion efficiency from CO2 to protein.
  • Managing the project, including supervising bachelor and master students.
  • Collaborating closely with large Danish companies and international institutions.
  • Publishing research results in international journals and conferences.

Who we are: The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center (CORC) is a mission-oriented center at Aarhus University. We focus on developing innovative science for carbon capture and conversions to replace fossil carbon and fossil fuel-intensive processes with sustainable, CO2-based technologies. Our center comprises research groups from Aarhus University and other institutions, fostering a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment.

What we offer:

  • Access to excellent research infrastructure and shared laboratories.
  • Collaboration with national, international, and industrial partners.
  • A research climate that encourages open and critical discussion.
  • A supportive work environment promoting professionalism, equality, and work-life balance.
  • An opportunity to make a high impact on addressing climate change.

Place of work and area of employment: The place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 10c, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering. You will work in a new laboratory headed by Prof. Alfred Spormann and Prof. Lars Angenent.

Contact information: For further information, please contact:

Last Date for Apply: Applications must be received no later than 1 October 2023.

Application procedure:

  • Submit your application online.
  • Include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio, and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any).

Letter of reference: If you require a letter of reference, please provide the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. Ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter before the application deadline.

Formalities and salary range:

  • The application must be in English.
  • Salary depends on seniority as per the collective labor agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.



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