As 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
The research-engineer 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 selected candidate will more specifically join the Environmental Biotechnologies research group, which among others develops new bio-based technologies for biowaste treatment and recycling. In this context, she/he will be involved in the assessment of the energy potential of waste and residues from the agricultural and wastewater sectors, as well as in the development of adapted bio-based conversion processes for optimized energy production and wastewater treatment. The selected researcher will play a key role in the future biowaste recycling for circular agriculture and wastewater treatment.
The selected research-engineer will be expected to develop a strong, innovative research and innovation activity with a special focus on mastering and optimisation of the microbial conversion of complex biomass (including biowastes and wastewaters) substrates towards specific metabolites, relying in particular on anaerobic digestion and fermentation processes.
The activity should be connected to the concept of bio- and circular economy, i.e. the possibility to convert waste streams and renewable biological resources into bioenergy and other metabolites of industrial interest. 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 the whole chain from the microbiological processes to understanding, controlling, monitoring, and optimising large-scale production, including the development of new tools for process monitoring and control, prototype reactors, pilot plants, new products and services to the up-coming green sectors. A proven track record of working closely with industry and understanding industrial needs, especially of biogas production, solid organic waste treatment, and wastewater treatment, 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 bioprocess engineering, 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 bioprocess engineering, bioengineering, environmental biotechnologies, 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 in wastewater treatment or biomethanation processes
- 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 must include:
- A CV
- A motivation letter
- The names of two or three referees
- If possible, a list of publications, invited talks, patents and granted projects