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Are you passionate about solving some of our most pressing challenges? You want your impact to be felt both on terrestrial as well as space applications? You are in luck! The Bioprocess Engineering Chair (BPE) of Wageningen University, The Netherlands, just opened a vacancy for an exceptional, motivated and results-driven postdoctoral fellow within the field of microalgal multiproduct biorefinery and cell-free enzymatic conversion systems.

You will be tackling an innovative project in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) and several European space tech, cell-free and microalgal biotech, as well as novel food ingredient companies. The goal is to mildly recover and employ enzyme-rich microalgal extracts to convert direct-air-captured CO2 into carbohydrates within cell-free systems. Emphasis will be also directed towards using the residual microalgal biomass (functional proteins, lipids, pigments and carbohydrates) for active food and nutraceutical ingredients. You will be performing both lab experiments as well as manage a small team of students, interns and visiting scientists. Moreover, you will apply for further funding, prepare the project reports as well as organize the quarterly communication events. The initial project implementation period is 24 months with the possibility of prolongation based on the obtained results.

BPE is one of the most influential research groups working on cellular and cell-free biotechnology for food, feed, nutraceutical and platform-molecule applications. The group is leveraging its unique blend of bench-scale cultivation, extraction, purification and analytics, alongside its pilot-scale AlgaePARC research infrastructure. This makes it a one-of-a-kind platform able to directly translate innovative research into industry-relevant technologies.

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Rene Wijffels, by e-mail: [email protected].
For more information about the procedure, please contact AFSG HR Support by email: [email protected].

This vacancy will be listed up to and including August 18th 2022. The preferred starting date for this position is September 2022.

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