PHD STIPEND IN ALTERNATIVE FOOD PROTEINS FROM EDIBLE MYCELIUM FUNGI

Aalborg University
February 02, 2023
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PHD STIPEND IN ALTERNATIVE FOOD PROTEINS FROM EDIBLE MYCELIUM FUNGI

(18-23003)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a PhD stipend is available within the doctoral programme Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering. The PhD stipend is open for appointment from 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is for 3 years. The Department consists of two sections with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Technology and Biology. Place of employment of the position is Section for Bioscience and Engineering in Aalborg. The section consists of 90 people of which about 30 are associate- and full professors. The section conducts internationally competitive research on various topics within Biology and Biotechnology and publishes more than 100 peer-reviewed publications annually.

Job description

The focus of the PhD project will be to perform solid state fermentation using edible mycelium fungi and study the obtained fermented protein products using molecular methods including RNAseq for identification of hydrophobins which are specialized hydrophobic proteins from fungi. Besides RNAseq, the research involves studying and characterizing the content and composition of proteins and other compounds using different analytical methods such as elemental analysis, HPLC, GC-MS, and other protein analytical methods. Furthermore, the research involves development of extraction methods for obtaining protein-rich and fiber-rich fractions, including extraction of hydrophobins.

The position is a part of two new research projects, FungalFood and HfbFood, with the overall goal to produce mycoproteins, and HfbFood with the additional goal to purify proteins focusing on hydrophobins, and evaluation of the fermented protein products for techno-functionality in food matrices in collaboration with University of Copenhagen. The FungalFood project is highly collaborative with several other academic and industrial partners, whereas the HfbFood project collaborates with Aalto University in Finland. Visits to other collaborating labs will be part of the project. Full training in all techniques will be available.

Applicants must have a Master of Science (MSc.) degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or equivalent educations. The candidate should have insight into molecular techniques, protein chemistry and relevant analytical techniques. As the position is part of research projects, the candidate should also show good interpersonal and communication skills and team spirit to solve the problems together with the different stakeholders.

The application must contain:

  • Cover letter of 1-2 pages describing the motivation for applying and an account of the applicant's background in relation to the announced position
  • Project description, which is required for technical reasons – in this case, where you apply for a specific project, you may upload a copy of the project description above
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records
  • Other relevant information.
  • All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. We value diversity and see it as a strength.

    For further information about the scientific aspects of the stipend, please contact Associate Professor Mette Lübeck, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, phone: 99402590, email: mel@bio.aau.dk.

    The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience provides cutting-edge research and teaching in biotechnology, biology, environmental science, chemistry and chemical engineering. Our research solves important topics for the benefit of society, and through research-based teaching, we educate independent, collaborative and solution-oriented bachelors, graduates and PhDs.

    We are a dynamic workplace with high professionalism and efficiency, a good working environment and with a focus on work-life balance. We strive for a culture with collaboration that promotes openness and curiosity towards new initiatives and ideas and with a constructive approach to problem solving. As an employee at the department, you will be part of an international research environment, with a focus on innovation, knowledge sharing and excellency as well as interdisciplinary collaborations.

    At the department, we have high-profile research groups and individual researchers who deliver world-class applied and basic scientific research with a mission-driven approach, and who contribute to the development of new technologies, methods, and new basic insights within natural science and engineering. The department is divided into two sections: Section for Bioscience and Engineering and Section for Chemical Science and Engineering, as well as one administration. Both sections have activities on both Aalborg and Esbjerg campuses. The day-to-day management is handled by the head of department, the deputy heads of research and education, and the head of the secretariat in collaboration with section leaders.

    PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.

    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.

    For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Vigdis Skomager-Bohnfeldt, The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: vkns@adm.aau.dk, phone: +45 9940 7408.

    For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: www. phd.engineering.aau.dk

    The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

    AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

    Agreement

    Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 15 December 2021 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

    Vacancy number

    18-23003

    Deadline

    02/02/2023

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