This is an 11-month postdoctoral position (with possibility to extend up to a total of 15 months pending project extension) working in Neil Bruce’s group in CNAP. This project involves the development and translation of a biotechnological process to convert agricultural residues into feed for the production of Black Soldier Fly larvae (BSFL). Underpinned by recent discoveries in our lab, we aim to further develop and optimise effective in vitro strategies for lignocellulose deconstruction in an industrial context with the ultimate aim of commercialising the technology through a spin-out company. The position supports ongoing work on the microbial deconstruction of lignocellulose and a variety of microbiological, biochemical and biophysical techniques will be employed to this end.
To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research. Specifically, to develop and optimise the biological treatment process that converts lignocellulose into nutritious feed for BSFL and to assess its effect on biomass degradation and modification.
The role holder will also assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and assist in the development of a business plan for the commercial development of the project.
The job involves microbial fermentation, biomass analysis, enzyme analysis and Black Soldier Fly larvae rearing. A variety of microbiological, biochemical and biophysical techniques will be employed to this end.
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Interview date: 19 or 20 April 2023
For informal enquiries: Please contact Professor Neil Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org
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