Postdoc in Plastic Depolymerization (2021-224-03521)
At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and
Bioscience, a position as Postdoc in Plastic Depolymerization is available in
the period 01.08.2021 - 31.07.2024 or soon hereafter. The position is located
within the Section of Biotechnology with working place in Aalborg.
The postdoc position will focus on the depolymerization of polyesters, as part
of a H2020 EU project UPLIFT, studying the bio-upcycling of plastic waste from
food and drinks packaging. The project involves 15 partners from all over
Europe and will develop scalable bioprocesses for the recycling of mixed
plastic waste and multilayers. We will integrate microbial/enzymatic
depolymerization, together with bio-based building blocks, following a
biorefinery approach. Through eco-design, we will then develop new eco-
polymers that are easier to recycle, thus contributing to a more sustainable
plastic sector. The best technology will be tested at pilot scale, in order to
reach a TRL 6 (https: // upliftproject.eu/).
You will be applying protein/genetic engineering to increase the stability and
activity of polyester hydrolases, which will be expressed and secreted, both
in E.coli and Ideonella sakaiensis. You will test the effect of enzyme
immobilization, using different hydrophobic binding domains and evaluate
enzyme synergies in simple Synthetic Mixed Consortia. Defined Mixed Consortia
will be developed to upcycle residual streams of the hydrolysates. The project
will be carried out in collaboration with 2 PhD's that will work on the
degradation of polyolefins and the development of new screening methods. The
joint results and technologies will be applied to mixed plastic waste and
newly designed eco-polymers. An additional postdoc will be hired later in the
project, to develop consolidated bioprocesses.
You are expected to have practical experience with various molecular biology
and protein engineering techniques, including the use of bioinfomatic tools.
We expect you to run controlled experiments for plastic depolymerization
(quantified by HPLC and enzymatic assays), site-directed mutagenesis,
transformation and cloning, lab-scale enzyme purification, enzyme
immobilization tests, characterization of enzyme activity, etc.
Expertise on running bioreactors, as well as documented skills in scientific
dissemination of results are also required.
Limited teaching within the area can be expected.
The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience consists of five sections of which
three are situated in Aalborg with research and teaching in Biotechnology,
Applied Chemistry and Biology & Environmental Science. Moreover, one section
is located in Copenhagen on Sustainable Biotechnology and one section is
situated in Esbjerg on Chemical Engineering. Due to the interdisciplinary
nature of this project, you will be collaborating with the group of Professor
Jeppe Lund Nielsen and Associate Professors Cristiano Varrone.
You may obtain further information about the project from Associate Professor
Cristiano Varrone by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or
similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant
will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot
exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.
The application must contain the following:
A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in
relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are
A current curriculum vitae.
Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you
could be asked for an official English translation.
Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be
attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be
considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or
boards, participation in organisations and the like.
Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online"
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for
applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment
committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be
informed whether they will be assessed or not.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from
all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.
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HR-Partner Lone Lund by mail email@example.com or phone (+45) 9940 3494.
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Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of
Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of
Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment
and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed
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