PhD student position Microbial protein production from CO2

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  • Published date: March 5, 2018
    • Belgium

Project CO2PERATE:
Carbon capture and utilization is considered as one of the key routes to mitigate CO2 emissions. Bacteria can play a role in this, being catalysts that convert CO2 into complex organic compounds. An unexpected product, perhaps, is protein for feed. The global nitrogen cycle is severely imbalanced mainly due to agricultural losses during the production of e.g. soy which is used to feed cattle. It is now possible to produce soy-like protein in reactors, with CO2 and ammonia as inputs. Within a Flanders-wide consortium including several international leading companies we are investigating microbial potential for protein production, using different approaches in terms of energy source. The PhD project thus focusses on microbial conversion routes, towards feed.
Type of employment:
Doctoral researcher: Full time, fixed term appointment for 4 years, biyearly renewable after positive evaluation.
A competitive salary including benefits is offered
Ghent University is an equal opportunity employer.
Background and experience:

PhD student: We are searching for a motivated student with existing training and relevant master degree in biotechnology, microbiology or environmental-/bio-/chemical-engineering.

Scientific knowledge and skills:

Ability to develop and test laboratory scale processes with a focus on bioreactor operation with pure and mixed populations
Ability to perform in-depth and critical data analysis.
Potential to contribute to research program development.

Personal knowledge and skills:

A strong interest in inter/multi-disciplinary applied science, particularly around the biological sciences
Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with team members from different backgrounds and with different tasks.
Good oral and written communication skills in English are strictly required (C1 level).
Outcome focused, hands-on mentality.
Willingness to travel internationally.
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