Open PhD position on microbial electrosynthesis - PANGEA project

We are seeking candidates to conduct a PhD on microbial technologies for carbon dioxide conversion. Place of work: Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering of the University of Girona - LEQUIA (Catalonia, Spain). Envisaged date of start: January 2023. Contract: The selected candidate will apply for a 4-years grant from the Spanish National Research Agency AEI (“Ayudas Predoctorales para la Formación de Doctores-FPI”) linked to the funded research project “PANGEA”. The grant covers academic fees and research stays in other institutions. Supervisor: Dr Sebastià Puig.



  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in chemical/environmental engineering, chemistry, environmental sciences, biotechnology, or equivalent.
  • Have passed at least 60 ECTS of the Master’s Studies required to enrol in a doctorate program in the University of Girona.
  • Have a good academic record. 
  • Be fluent in English.

Who we are

LEQUIA (the Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering) is a research group of the University of Girona (Catalonia, Spain) devoted to the development of eco-innovative environmental solutions. LEQUIA projects are multidisciplinary and involve environmental scientists, chemists, biologists, engineers and social scientists. Our current research lines are 1) innovative bioprocesses for treatment, resource recovery and synthesis of new products, 2) physicochemical advanced processes for treatment and/or reuse of liquid and gas side streams, and 3) planning, control, and evaluation of complex environmental systems.

Research project

The PhD is linked to PANGEA project, funded by the Spanish National Research Agency. PANGEA will study new bioelectrochemical systems for the bio-electro conversion of CO2 into sustainable products such as methane or ethanol plus acetic acid. The project will involve the design, operation and control of pilot plants for microbial electrosynthesis.



Applicants should send the following documentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. not later than 21st October 2022:


What we offer

  • Work in a multidisciplinary research group with a recognised trajectory in the environmental/chemical engineering field.
  • The necessary equipment and facilities to carry out your research work.
  • Intensive contacts with fellow researchers and industrial organisations in Spain and across Europe.
  • Work in a research-funded project that addresses global environmental challenges, such as global change, renewable energies or resource depletion. 
  • Support and guidance to develop your research career.

Additional Info

  • Date: Friday, 21 October 2022

Work at LEQUIA

At LEQUIA we regularly publish open positions for research and support staff. If none of the job descriptions fits your profile, and you have a specific proposal, please send it to us with your CV

Laboratory of Chemical and Enviromental Engineering

Institut de Medi Ambient
Universitat de Girona
Campus Montilivi
17003 Girona

Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la UdG
Edifici Jaume Casademont, Porta B
Pic de Peguera, 15
17003 Girona
Tel. +34 972 41 98 59




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