PhD on Functional extracellular polymeric substances of anaerobic granules: extraction, characterization and genomics
This PhD project is part of the Gravitation Research Program SIAM - Soehngen Institute of Anaerobic Microbiology (www.anaerobic-microbiology.eu/scientists/). …
- Van der Maasweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 22325 - € 22325 per maand
This PhD project is part of the Gravitation Research Program SIAM - Soehngen Institute of Anaerobic Microbiology (www.anaerobic-microbiology.eu/scientists/). It will be developed at the Environmental Biotechnology Section, Department of Biotechnology at Delft University of Technology (TUD) and at Laboratory of Microbiology at Wageningen University & Research (WUR).
The aim of this PhD project is to study the production of functional extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) by anaerobic granular sludge and to get comprehensive information on the chemical structures of EPS and on the microorganisms and microbial pathways involved in their production. In addition, we want to understand how reactor operational condition can influence the production and properties of EPS. The project will be carried out both in TUD and WUR. Research at TUD will focus on EPS analysis, while research at WUR will focus on reactor operation and microbial pathways.
The candidate needs to hold (or is about to obtain) a MSc degree in chemical engineering, chemistry or biotechnology. The candidate must have some experience and practical skills in instrumental analysis and reactor operation. Previous experience in biopolymer analysis is an advantage. It is essential that the candidate is able to demonstrate competence in these areas, as judged by publications (or papers in press) in high quality peer reviewed journals or a MSc Thesis on a relevant topic. Very good spoken and written English is mandatory.
TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Yuemei Lin, Assistant Professor, phone: +31 (0)15 27 89887, e-mail: Yuemei.Lin@tudelft.nl or Dr. Diana Z. Sousa, Associate Professor, phone: +31 (0)317 483 107, e-mail: email@example.com.
To apply, please send a CV, list of at least two references and motivation letter by February 15th, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting vacancy number TNWBT18-085. Note that applications sent to other e-mail addresses will not be taken under consideration.