Postdoctoral fellow within enzymatic processing of biomass – Ref.no 17/02252

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU's expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.

On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.

Further information about NMBU is available on www.nmbu.no

Postdoctoral fellow within enzymatic processing of biomass – Ref.no 17/02252

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant two-year Post Doctoral–position in bioprocessing. The position falls within our “Foods of Norway” Centre for Research-based Innovation and the research aims at increasing the (nutritional) value of brewers’ spent grain.

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has about 160 employees divided into research groups. The post-doc will be associated with two research groups, called Protein Engineering and Proteomics (PEP) and Bioprocessing Technology and Biorefining (BTB). Together, these groups comprise approximately 40 people and research spans fundamental and applied enzymology, microbial ecology, and bioprocessing including anaerobic digestion.

Research Project
The research project will be focused on how to improve the value, in particular the feed value, of brewers’ spent grain by enzymatic treatments. We will address various pretreatment, fractionation and depolymerization approaches. Value creating “specialty processes”, such as the extraction of prebiotic compounds will also be assessed. Since the project is part of a large research center, interactions with other bioprocessing projects are expected. The project is researcher-driven, but will be conducted in close collaboration with industrial partners.

Main tasks

  • Assessing collection, storage and seasonal variability of brewers’ spent grain, which includes in-depth compositional analysis.
  • Literature studies and communication with partners and users to identify bottle-necks and opportunities in brewers’s spent grain valorization.
  • Carry out studies on bioprocessing of brewers’ spent grain to generate a better feed and/or to generate high-value subfractions.
  • Careful monitoring of processes, including in-depth analysis of process fractions.

(Points 3 and 4 are expected to consume > 80 % of the post-doc’s time)

Academic Qualifications
Required Academic qualifications

  • A PhD degree.
  • Relevant research experience (production and purification of enzymes, carrying out and analysing bioprocessing reactions, relevant analytical skills, work with relevant substrates such as lignocellulose).
  • Strong scientific performance, documented in the form of scientific publications.

Desired Academic qualifications

  • Experience in upscaling bioprocesses.
  • Experience in fermentation.
  • Deep understanding of enzymology.

Personal skills
Required personal skills

  • Good communication skills at all levels (written and oral; with peers, colleagues, and partners).
  • Team player.
  • Ambitious and with a true interest in science and technology.

Desired personal skills

  • Flexibility to allow occasional unconventional working hours.
  • Willingness to and interest in working abroad for shorter periods.

NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.

Remuneration
The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 57-77), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position

Further information
For further information, please contact Prof. Vincent G.H. Eijsink, E-mail: vincent.eijsink@nmbu.no; phone +47 67232463, or Prof. Svein J. Horn, E-mail: svein.horn@nmbu.no; phone: +47 67232488.

Application
To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.
Application deadline: 11.06.2017

Key publications
Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 11.06.2017. Please quote reference number 17/02252.

Verified testimonies, certificates
Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

The position follows the Norwegian government pay scale A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.

According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.


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