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PhD fellowship within fermentation of keratinous waste substrates – NMBU, Norway 2022

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The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant PhD fellowship within fermentation of keratinous waste substrates – Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

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Faculty of Science and Technology
NMBU Norwegian University of Life Sciences
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Qualification Details

In order to be appointed, the candidate must meet the requirements for admission to one of the PhD programs at NMBU. A master's degree of at least 120 credits (ECTS) is required, which is based on a bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits (ECTS), or cand.med.vet. degree, or integrated master's degree of at least 300 credits (ECTS). The applicant must have a master thesis which corresponds to at least 30 credits.

The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document good English skills, both written and oral. For more detailed information on admission criteria, see the PhD Regulations and the “supplementary provisions for the PhD programmes”.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications

  • Master in Biotechnology / Microbiology / Biochemistry / Chemistry / Chemical Engineering
  • Fluent English, both written and oral
  • Experience with research through a master thesis work

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience in working with microorganisms (filamentous fungi and/or bacteria)
  • Experience in enzymology
  • Experience with infrared/Raman spectroscopy, or infrared/Raman imaging
  • Experience with multivariate data analysis (for example principal component analysis, partial least squares regression, artificial neural networks)

You need to:

  • Be able to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary research team and needs to describe these skills in the application

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Screening of filamentous fungi and bacteria for keratinase activity;
  • Performing growth experiments with feathers and related materials;
  • Enzyme discovery, production and characterization
  • Monitoring fermentation/degradation of feathers by vibrational spectroscopy;

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Applications should include (electronically):

  • A letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Full publication list
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified)
  • A list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses)
  • Proof of English proficiency must be attached in accordance with NMBU PhD regulation section 5-2 (3).

About the Position

The PhD position is for a period of 3 years, or up to 4 years if teaching or other work duties are agreed.

The PhD position is part of the national Center for Industrial Biotechnology (SFI-IB; https://www.sintef.no/projectweb/sfi-industrial-biotechnology/). The PhD project relates to the Center’s focus on the industrial application of modern biotechnological methods, such as enzymes and microorganisms, for the production of a diverse range of commodities, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and feed ingredients, detergents, textiles, energy and materials. This is a long-term project involving a consortium of 4 research organisations, SINTEF (host), NORCE, NTNU and NMBU and, 14 industrial partners.

This particular PhD project focuses on developing microbial and/or enzymatic conversion of feathers and other keratin-rich recalcitrant materials. The PhD project aims at providing a detailed understanding on: (1) Which filamentous fungi and bacteria are able to degrade keratinous biomass? (2) What are the optimal process parameters for microbial and enzymatic conversion of feathers? (3) What are the key enzymes and can they be developed as industrial biocatalysts? (4) Can we monitor and optimize fermentation/digestion processes by online monitoring using vibrational spectroscopy?

Project and supervisor group

Associate professor Volha Shapaval, Professor Achim Kohler, and Dr. Boris Zimmermann at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Professor Vincent Eijsink and Professor Svein Jarle Horn at the Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway.

About the Employer: NMBU Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Note or Other details

Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 06.12.2021. Please quote reference number 21/04817.

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Contact details

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Volha Shapaval

E-mail: volha.shapaval@nmbu.no; phone +4798418248

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