Context of interventionAs part of a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the work of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department tackles some of the major environmental challenges our society is facing today, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, the efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control. To this end, the mission of the ERIN department is:
(1) To conduct impact-driven scientific research and development, as well as technological innovation
(2) To support companies in the implementation of new environmental regulations and advise governments on determining sustainable policies for the future with the objectives of:
- Analysing, managing and exploiting sustainable resources (water, air, soil, renewable energy, bioresources)
- Reducing the environmental impact of human consumption and production activities
She/he will join ERIN’s Environmental and Industrial Biotechnologies (BIOTECH) unit. This RDI unit has developed expertise in i) proofing new concepts using metabolic engineering and integrative biology approaches for the production of biomolecules of industrial interest produced by plants or microorganisms, ii) developing new technologies and processes to control, treat and remediate environmental pollutions, with a focus on microorganism-based biotechnologies and iii) developing bio-process engineering solutions to convert organic resources into energy and molecules for industry.
The BIOTECH unit carries out impact-driven research geared to the development of bio-based products and processes of industrial interest, new biorefinery concepts for more efficient and sustainable processes, and new technologies for the detection and treatment of environmental pollution. The selected candidate will more specifically join the Plant Biotechnologies research group which develops new concepts, products and services based on integrative biology and biotechnological approaches for the valorisation of plant biomass as feedstock of molecules for renewable industrial products and the green biotech sector.
Plant synthetic biology is an emerging field that combines engineering principles with plant biology. Plant synthetic biology will play an important role in the future of plant biotechnologies, as well as in agriculture for traditional crop improvement, in enabling synthesis of novel products of nutritional, pharmaceutical or other values, as well as in fundamental understanding of plant biological processes. These developments have pushed the department to expand its competences in plant biotechnologies towards synthetic biology approaches. The selected researcher will play a key role in the future valorisation of plant-based molecules for industrial applications.
The selected researcher will be expected to develop a strong, innovative research and innovation activity in plant synthetic biology and successfully define RDI projects in relation. She/he will be expected to bring her/his expertise to reinforce the team in this topic and create synergies with existing unit expertise.
- The main objective will be to set up a competitive research agenda focusing on plant metabolic engineering and understanding of biological chemistry as a basis for using plants and microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, fungi and green microalgae) as cell factories
- Expertise on modelling of metabolism and cell function, bioprocess physiology and optimisation, experience in cell lines engineering, analysis and product design are required for this position as well as an excellent academic background
- In addition, a proven track record of working closely with industry and understanding industrial needs would be considered as an important asset
Furthermore, the main responsibilities of the selected candidate will include to:
- Define and manage as a PI new project activities in plant synthetic biology, including writing and submitting proposals for competitive funding and collaborative funding with industrial partners
- Understand and formalise needs of private/public partners regarding scientific knowledge or technological developments
- Formulate innovative/scientific/ technologic concepts
- Supervise post-doc researchers and PhD students involved in these projects
- Disseminate, valorise and transfer RDI results (patents, licenses, prototypes, publications, technical reports, participation in conferences, etc.)
- Actively collaborate with other researchers in order to promote interdisciplinary activities internally and externally
- PhD in plant biology, molecular biology, agronomy, chemical engineering, biomolecular engineering, or related disciplines
Required qualifications include postdoctoral experience (at least 5 years after PhD completion), ability to work with a team and ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and external stakeholders. In any case, applicants are expected to have a demonstrated record of publication excellence.
- Experience in proposal writing and project acquisition
- Excellent writing- and reporting/presentation skills (scientific level)
- Excellent written/verbal communication skills with the proven ability to effectively communicate across different levels of the organization and with customers
- Customer and result oriented attitude
- Able to handle multiple projects and changing priorities
- Willingness to work collegially in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
- The candidate will preferably have hands-on experience with cell biology or molecular genetics and gene editing-based technologies
- Basic bioinformatics knowledge would be a plus
- English is mandatory
- French or German will be considered as an asset
Candidates interested in the above position can apply online on our website www.list.lu The application file should include:
- A CV
- A motivation letter