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PhD Student to work on: From Sea to Society - Westerdijk Institute-KNAW - Utrecht

Description of the project:  There is urgent need for an alternative, sustainable, efficient protein production chain. We will initiate a marine, …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Uppsalalaan, Utrecht, Utrecht
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2443 - € 3122 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Description of the project:
There is urgent need for an alternative, sustainable, efficient protein production chain. We will initiate a marine, efficient, sustainable low trophic aquaculture (LTA) chain, based on biomass from combined seaweed-mussel cultivation. Social innovation and creation of value along the protein production chain form the key goals of the project. They are supported by breakthroughs in the natural sciences, such as selective breeding of sterile seaweeds, innovative biorefinery of seaweed biomass and insight in the carrying capacity of the natural marine ecosystem. The knowledge and skills gained will be integrated in the FS2S learning community that will ensure the LTA continuity.
The aim of the PhD student project within FS2S is to identify fungal strains that efficiently break down seaweed cell walls, without degrading the protein content, and optimize these strains using non-GMO methodology. Bioreactor cultivations of the best strain and subsequent testing of the produces enzyme cocktail will be performed in collaboration with WUR-WFBR using their facilities.

Functie-eisen

The highly motivated candidates should have an MSc degree, excellent communication and social skills, a team-player attitude and affinity with fungal physiology and/or biotechnology. Knowledge of standard molecular laboratory techniques such as gDNA isolation, PCR, cloning and sequencing as well as a basic understanding of biochemistry is required. Experience with bioinformatics and fungal biology is appreciated.

Conditions

Salary:
According to “CAO-Nederlandse Universiteiten” (CAO-NU) € 2.443,- in the first year, increasing to € 3.122,- in the fourth year, excluding 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% year-end bonus. We offer an extensive package of fringe benefits.

Duration:
Initially one year with a potential extension.

Additional information

For additional information please contact Prof Ronald de Vries r.devries@wi.knaw.nl or visit the website www.wi.knaw.nl.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

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