Open PhD position: Microbiology/biotechnology for recovery of copper from chalcopyrite

Subject area for the project: Microbiology/biotechnology for recovery of copper from chalcopyrite
Admission subject: The studies carried out in the project are designed to lead to a PhD in Ecology
Placement city: Kalmar, Sweden
Job description
The research project is a European Union ERAMin2 funded project for the use of microorganisms for the extraction and recovery of copper from chalcopyrite mineral. The project will use consortia of microorganisms to extract the copper using strategies developed to control the community composition during the large-scale, bioleaching process. The laboratory studies will be scaled-up to larger column reactors and finally, the most promising techniques will be evaluated in an industrial scale test heap in Chile.

A person fulfils the general entry requirements if he/she

  • has been awarded a degree on second-cycle level
  • completed the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which 60 credits on second-cycle level, or
  • in other way, in Sweden or abroad, has acquired principally equivalent knowledge.

Specific relevant experience also includes

  • knowledge in the field of biomining
  • experience of working with acidophilic microorganisms
  • a high proficiency in written and spoken English
  • be able to solve problems
  • have the ability to work independently as well as interact well in a research group.

Assessment grounds

  • experience of working with nucleic acid extraction from microorganisms would place the candidate at an advantage
  • the ability to speak Spanish/Chilean would also be a merit.

To apply you must upload your application via the Linnaeus University website at:

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