Postdoctoral Researcher, Metabolic Engineering of Microbes for Plastic Degradation


Do you want to join our PlastBug -team, which aims to solve a plastic waste problem biotechnically?

Our aim is to develop a plastic waste recycling system where microbes will degrade different plastics to desired products. The team consists of experts from different areas including molecular biology, microbiology, plastic polymerisation, process design etc.

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Now we are looking for Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of metabolic engineering of microbes for plastic degradation. This is a two years contract starting at the latest in January 2021. This position is funded by grant.

With us you will be responsible for

Your main responsibility will be development of enzymes and/or microbes, which can degrade specific plastics. Work will focus on elucidation of novel plastic degrading pathways. This work requires cloning and gene expression and analysis of the enzyme activities.You will also carry out genetic modification of microbes to enhance their plastic degradation capacity.

We expect you to have

We expect you to have a background in biochemistry and/or knowledge in metabolic pathways. Previous experience from enzyme discovery is an asset. You are finalizing your doctoral thesis or already gained some experience as a post doc researcher. We expect you to have fluent written and spoken English skills since you will be working in an international environment.

As a person you are

  • Well-organized, practical, hands-on
  • Open-minded, innovative and solutions-oriented
  • Self-driven with proactive and analytical mindset
  • A team-player with good collaboration and communication skills

We offer

At VTT, we believe that our impact is built on scientific and technological excellence in all our work. Our people is the core of the next generation VTT. Our personnel’s wellbeing and competence development are key priorities. You will be a part of a creative and international working environment. We offer versatile, independent and challenging tasks and the needed support and coaching.

As a Post Doc at VTT you have a great opportunity to challenge yourself and develop your knowledge together with VTT’s top experts. We encourage you to be curious and think outside the box and offer you the support to do so. With your Post Doc work you are personally solving one of the global environmental problem.

For further information

For more information about the position, you can contact Kari Koivuranta (Principal Scientist). Email:, Mobile +358 40 702 0954.

Please send you application and CV as soon as possible, since we’re hiring as soon as we find the right candidate.

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Employment type: Funded by Grant, two years fixed-term


VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

Location: Tekniikantie 21, Espoo


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