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Marie Sklodowska Curie - Individual Fellowships at IMDEA Energy Institute, Biotechnological Processes Unit

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    30/06/2019 14:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Mostoles, Madrid
    IMDEA Energy
    Biotechnological Processes Unit

The Biotechnological Processes Unit at the IMDEA Energy Institute, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2019.

Before sending your application, please check the full description of the eligibility criteria that can be found in the webpage call.

Brief description of the institution:

The IMDEA Energy Institute is a Research Centre located in the town of Mostoles, in the region of Madrid (Spain). Its R&D activities are aimed to promote the development and implementation of an efficient and sustainable energy system. Accordingly, research activities are oriented to fostering the development of renewable energies and clean energy technologies in general.

Being created in 2007, IMDEA Energy has experienced a fast growth reaching in a few years a relevant international position in R&D activities on energy topics. An essential factor for explaining this successful development has been the ability for attracting top level researchers, as well as the availability of new and excellent scientific infrastructures, favoring the achievement of outstanding scientific results.


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Brief description of the Unit

The Biotechnological Processes Unit (BTPU) focusses its research on two of the biochemical technologies selected by the European Industrial Initiative as the most promising to be developed at commercial scale: (i) ethanol and higher alcohols from lignocellulosic feedstock through chemical and biological processes and (ii) bioenergy carriers produced by micro-organisms (algae, bacteria) from CO2 and sunlight.

Since it is the only C-rich material source available on the Earth, biomass is very likely to be the only viable alternative to fossil resources for the production of transportation fuels and chemicals. As a consequence, keeping in mind that BTPU is working at IMDEA Energy, our research activity considers not only the production of biofuels but also bioproducts.

Project description

Renewable oil-based chemistry arises as a promising alternative to petroleum for the production of fuels and chemicals. It is of outmost importance to obtain low-cost microbial oils to reach an economically viable process. Within this context, microbial oils derived from lipids synthetized in microorganisms and produced from wastes are a feasible alternative for a progressive fossil fuels reduction. Conventionally, sugar-based feedstocks are used for yeast oleaginous production however this limits the process to carbohydrate rich substrates. Nevertheless, the sugar platform can be substituted by a VFAs (carboxylate)-based technology which enables bioprocess flexibility upon different substrates while opening the range of utilized molecules. In this context, the fellow will be involved in the development of efficient yeast strains for producing microbial oils production through biochemical routes from VFAs generated out of different feedstocks.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to work on the study of fundamental aspects of yeasts metabolism in order to increase the knowledge of this innovative approach and the long-term exploitability of bioprocesses combination. The fellow will also study different fermentation routes for producing microbial oils with non-conventional yeasts.

Yeast molecular biology will be valued since different molecular tools will be use for the development and generation of new yeast strains.

Research Area

  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV)
  • Life Sciences (LIF)

Applications: Deadline for submission of documents 30th June 2019. Documents to be submitted:

  • Complete curriculum vitae stating background and skills
  • Letter of motivation including research interests
  • Two reference letters


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