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 :
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.
Furthermore, the main responsibilities of the selected candidate will include to :
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.