The Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) invites applications for a one-year research position at the postdoc level. You will explore research at the forefront of bio-, electro-catalysis and material science. We will assure the high multidisciplinary and the feasibility of the project by the collaboration between the Biocatalysis group and the Heterogeneous Catalysis group of HIMS. Both groups are part of the Sustainable Chemistry Research Prority Area (SC-RPA) and the position is funded from this framework. In general, the RPAs represent the excellence of UvA in terms of research and worldwide recognition.
The Biocatalysis (Biocat) and the Heterogeneous Catalysis (Het Cat) groups have acquired funds as part of the Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry to develop multi-functional hybrid electro-biocatalysts and biosensors. The research tasks will involve diverse steps:
- the development of N‐doped carbon support that has uniformly isolated metal centers on the surface, enabling simultaneous enzyme immobilization, electrical coupling and catalytic oxygen reduction;
- the production and, if required, the purification of recombinant oxidoreductase enzymes using E. coli as preferred expression host;
- the selective immobilization of oxidoreductase enzymes on the prepared high‐porosity and hydrophobic carbon‐based electrodes using different techniques.
The obtained hybrid electro‐biocatalytic systems will be finally tested and optimized for various possible applications, for instance 'detection of electric signal that is compatible with medical applications' and 'electro‐biocatalytic asymmetric redox reactions'. The carbon-based electrode material will be created following prior art available at Het Cat group, whereas enzyme production and immobilization will be carried out following expertise available at Biocat.
A PhD degree in biochemistry or chemistry is required. Due to the high multidisciplinary nature of the project, applicants with a substantial focus and/or previous research experience in one or more of the following sub-disciplines will have a clear advantage: synthetic chemistry, electrochemistry, biosensors and material science. The ability to collaborate and adapt in an international team is required and you must possess good communication skills in oral and written English. Due to limitations in recruitment budget we will preferably consider candidates that are currently in Europe.
You will be employed by the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam on a fixed-term full-time position (38 hours per week) for a period of one year. Depending on experience, the gross monthly salary will range from €2,588 to €4,084 (scale 10) and will be supplemented with an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities applies.
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