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In bioprocesses, microorganisms convert renewable, cheap and widely available feedstocks into value-added products, ranging from food ingredients to transport fuels. Micro-compartmented cultivation systems, for example based on water-in-oil emulsions, offer unique possibilities for fundamental and application-inspired research on performance, selection and laboratory evolution of micro-organisms and microbial consortia. In this project, we aim to unlock the potential of micro-compartmented cultivation systems for research on non-conventional micro-organisms, including thermophilic bacteria, and complex substrates.
We seek a postdoc with a microbial physiology background who will focus on adapting and developing microcompartmented cultivation methods for microbe-substrate combinations that are currently not accessible for this experimental approach. The developed methods will then be applied for selection, evolution and characterization of microbial strains and consortia for optimal conversion of renewable substrates. Selected strains and consortia will be further analysed by genome sequencing and quantitative physiological characterization in bioreactor cultures. The postdoc will join a team that currently consists of a PI and three PhD students and, in addition to running an independent project, will be actively engaged in activities of the other team members. Part of the research will involve collaboration with an academic group in the United States.
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Fixed-term contract: 3 years.
Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.
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Faculty of Applied Sciences
With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.
Department of Biotechnology
The Department of Biotechnology engages in internationally-leading education programmes and offers a stimulating research environment in the biosciences that combines fundamental science, engineering, and design, all directed towards biotechnological process innovations. The Department covers the areas of biocatalysis, bioprocess engineering, environmental biotechnology, industrial microbiology, and biotechnology and society. The Department harbours excellent laboratory facilities and infrastructure.
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
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