School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow in Biocatalysis and Enzyme Engineering to join a young, independent research group in the Department of Industrial Biotechnology. Our interdisciplinary research efforts aspire the development of next-generation biocatalysts for green chemistry. By joining our group you will develop innovative biocatalytic solutions for a wide range of highly relevant organic syntheses. Your research activities will advance new enzyme-catalysed transformations that you will implement in the synthesis of fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and new modalities, enabling applications in chemical manufacturing platforms.

Research activities:

  • Discovery and characterisation of novel enzymes for organic synthesis
  • Enzyme engineering
  • High-throughput screening of enzyme libraries and assay development
  • Development of multi-enzyme cascades
  • Up-scaling of biotransformations, isolation and characterisation of reaction products
  • Synthesis of substrates and building blocks

Further activities:

The postdoctoral researcher will disseminate the project results through scientific publications and oral presentations, as well as communicate scientific progress. Furthermore, you will contribute to the supervision of master and PhD students, as well as become involved in teaching of laboratory courses in biotechnology. The selected candidate will assist with applications for suitable research grants and support the management of a research laboratory.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • An innovative and communicative research environment
  • Room to develop research creativity
  • High interdisciplinarity and opportunities to broaden your research skillset
  • Opportunities for career development

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  • A doctoral degree in biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology or equivalent or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Demonstrated theoretical and practical experience in biocatalysis, i.e., development of biocatalytic processes for organic synthesis.
  • A publication record in the wider area of enzyme catalysis
  • Profound knowledge of microbiology, molecular biology and recombinant expression techniques along with practical experience of protein purification strategies.
  • Knowledge of enzyme activity assays and experience of state-of-the-art chromatographic techniques
  • Excellent communication skills, including fluency in spoken and written English
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently within an interdisciplinary group
  • Good time management skills and organisational abilities
  • The candidate has personal integrity, high collaboration skills, focuses on goals and results, is persistent and sees the bigger picture

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality.
  • Awareness of sustainable development and green chemistry.
  • The candidate has personal maturity, is independent, takes initiative and is energetic.
  • Basic skills in bioinformatic techniques
  • Experience of organic synthesis techniques, compound purification and characterisation by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

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To apply for the position

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must be written in English and include:

  • Cover letter (max. one page)
  • Statement of motivation (max. one page) outlining your interest in this position and how it relates to your previous studies and future goals.
  • CV including professional experience, educational background, knowledge/ research skills and a list of publications (max. two pages).
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Contact information of three references. 

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2023-1394
  • Christian Schnepel,
Published 06.Jul.2023
Last application date 24.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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