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To support our team in an ongoing Academy of Finland project, the group of Bioorganic Chemistry at Aalto University invites applications for the position of a  


The Deska research group is dedicated to the development of novel enzymatic methodologies and to expand the biocatalytic toolbox for synthetic-organic applications. At the interface between organic synthesis and the molecular biosciences, our young and international team provides an inspiring interdisciplinary environment for researchers from different fields to broaden their academic portfolio and to engage in exciting new science.

The position and our expectations

The open postdoctoral position will complement the ongoing consortium project ExtremoForm. In collaboration with the groups of Malin Bomberg (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) and Silvan Scheller (Biochemistry, Aalto University), we are exploring next generation formate dehydrogenases to serve as key building blocks in biological CO2-fixation strategies. Your tasks will include the implementation of engineered formate dehydrogenases into biocatalytic cascade designs for CO2-valorization pathways, as well as the investigation of enzyme promiscuity to expand the product scope of the proteins beyond formic acid. Key qualifications: experience in biocatalysis and/or chemical catalysis.

Scientific environment

Our research is carried out in modern facilities with a state-of-the-art infrastructure. We offer functional laboratories for synthetic-organic work in the Department of Chemistry & Materials Science, as well as access to excellent biotechnology facilities in the Department of Biosystems & Bioproducts. All laboratories are located on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi, a short metro-ride from Helsinki.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our team, please submit your application material through our recruitment system following the link below, latest by February 15th, 2021.

To qualify for this position, you need to check the following boxes:

  • a doctoral degree in a suitable field such as e.g. biocatalysis, organic chemistry, molecular biology.
  • a proven track record of research at a high scientific level
  • motivation, commitment and good teamwork skills
  • good written and oral communication skills in English

To apply, please share the following application materials with us, in English and as PDF files:

  • Application letter, starting with your statement “I am interested in this position because…”
  • Curriculum vitae, incl. list of publications
  • Research portfolio, outlining your previous projects and your interests in science
  • Names and contact information for references

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

More Information

If you wish to learn more about the team and our work, visit www.deskalab.com. More information about the position can be enquired by contacting Prof. Jan Deska, in recruitment process-related questions you may contact HR coordinator Isabella Itäpalo. Emails: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi

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