PhD & Post-doctoral Adverts

Opportunity in Solar Fuels Research

Postdoctoral position in Semi-artificial Photosynthesis: biohybrids for fuel production 

University of Cambridge - Reisner Lab 

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work in the Reisner group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK. The project is part of a European Research Council (ERC) project and a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded consortium with the laboratories of Prof Julea Butt (University of East Anglia) and Prof Lars Jeuken (University of Leeds) on sunlight-driven chemistry with material-biocatalyst hybrid systems. The aims are to develop strategies for the integration of electroactive microbes in bespoke photoelectrodes (ERC) and the coupling of bacteria to synthetic light absorbers (BBSRC). We thereby address the need for new innovations in the solar fuels field and develop a new chemical biology platform, in which biological pathways can be systematically exploited for solar-to-chemical conversion.


Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in Microbiology, Biological Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemistry or a closely related discipline. A strong background in working with anaerobic cell cultures, synthetic biology, electromicrobiology, bioelectrochemistry, microbial fuel cells/microbial electrosynthesis and photochemistry is desirable for the position. An expertise in molecular biology techniques (e.g. protein extraction, DNA/RNA extraction) is an added advantage. The applicant should also have experience in coordinating activities as part of a larger interdisciplinary team. Candidates are encouraged to think outside of their formal field of training to fit into a creative, collaborative and dynamic research environment. A strong record of research productivity and creativity as well as excellent communication, management and English writing skills will be required. The successful candidate will also be expected to help guide undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as taking on laboratory management duties.

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Deadline: 24th May 2020

How to apply

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Prof E Reisner via email on



PhD Position in Marseille: Mechanism of hydrogenases 

University of Marseille

The PhD student will use direct electrochemistry and other kinetic methods to study various aspects of the reactivity of NiFe hydrogenases produced in our lab. The project focuses on the molecular aspects of catalysis, using an interdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and biochemists/molecular biologists at the group of Prof. Christophe Léger.

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To apply, please sent to a CV and the contact details of two former advisors. 



PhD Position in Artificial Microbial Photosynthesis: development of biohybrid systems to produce solar chemicals and fuels from waste-carbon  

Position open for a highly motivated PhD student to join the world’s first Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE, in the field of solar fuel synthesis. Solar energy is the most abundant energy source and can act as a green and sustainable energy supply. It is worth noting that one-hour sunlight can satisfy the one-year energy demand of the entire world. Artificial microbial photosynthesis is a novel strategy to produce value-added products from sunlight, microbes and CO2. The artificial photosynthetic system works by mimicking natural photosynthetic bio-machineries which can exceed the efficiency of natural photosynthesis. Light-harvesting materials and microbes are the essential components of this photo-biohybrid system. The proposed project tackles the largely unexplored challenge to develop highly efficient light-harvesting materials to maximize solar biofuel production through the innovative biohybrid system.


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For more information: For informal enquiries please contact Dr Shafeer Kalathil (

Deadline: 1st July 2020
Start Date: 1st October 2020



PhD Position in Experimental Physical Chemistry

The PhD project is directed towards fundamental mechanistic studies in the area of photo-redox catalysis, using in particular time-resolved laser spectroscopy. The focus of interest is photoinduced and proton coupled electron transfer reactions, in molecular systems and in combinations of molecules and semiconductor materials. Research will be conducted in collaboration with other research groups within and outside the department, within a project financed by the K&A Wallenberg Foundation. For more information please visit the research group's website. The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. Teaching on undergraduate and Master level may be included, up to 20% of full time.

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Deadline: 1st June 2020


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