Fermentation Scientist - Bioplastics, PHA, production

Bioextrax AB (publ) / Biologjobb / Lund
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About Bioextrax
Bioextrax is an innovation-driven company using industrial biotechnology to contribute to a more sustainable future. We are originally a spin-off from the Department of Biotechnology at Lund University and are now a rapidly growing publicly traded company.
Our vision is to be a world-leader in bio-based technologies accelerating the transition to a sustainable, green global economy. The company is consistently working to develop innovative and green solutions based on microbiology.
The core of our business is a bio-based platform technology for hydrolysis of protein rich materials. This technology has many applications that can contribute to a bio-based and circular economy. We have developed and continue to develop methods to produce the bio-based and biodegradable polymers polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and to turn various protein-rich materials such as poultry feathers into valuable materials and ingredients to be used in feed, textile, and cosmetic applications.
While we are bringing our technologies to the market, we are constantly exploring new ways our platform can contribute to a more sustainable society. Does this interest you? Are you up for the challenge?
About the position
We are looking for a Fermentation Scientist to join our team in Lund, Sweden. You will be working closely with our Chief Technology Officer in a creative role where your tasks will range from design and execution of lab/pilot experiments to the exploration of new applications for our bio-based technologies. You will be responsible for process conceptualization and definition of new processes and the development and testing of strategies to improve bioprocess KPIs such as yields and product properties. You will be directly involved in designing experiments, running bench-top and pilot-scale fermenters, generating and analyzing data, preparing experimental reports, and providing input on technical approaches to meet project goals. You will lead a team of more junior employees.
The position will require occasional shift work (e.g. evenings, nights and/or weekends).
Who are you?
* We are looking for an ambitious individual with expertise in Biochemical engineering, Biotechnology, Microbiology, or a related field.
* You have a willingness to join a quickly expanding team on our journey from a small R&D company to a global leader within the bio-based economy.
Work experience:
o PhD with minimum three years of industry experience (including post-doc working in industry-related projects), or
o MSc. with minimum eight years of industry experience.
Required lab experience:
* Lab and pilot-scale PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates) production with different strains, substrates and cultivation techniques.
* Optimization of microbial cultivation media for high-cell density growth and high product yield.
* Downstream processing of scl and mcl PHA.
* Analysis and characterization of PHA.
* Online/Offline monitoring of microbial growth and products (spectroscopy, electrophoresis, and chromatography).
* Statistical optimization of media for microbial cultivations.
Desired experience:
* Industrial scale fermentation for PHA production.
* Large scale PHAs downstream processing.
* Bioprocess design and cost estimation.
* Waste/by stream valorization.
Job responsibilities:
* Management and supervision of project teams in designing and operating lab and pilot scale fermentation experiments for internal know-how development and delivery of samples to customers.
* Presentation and interpretation of results and projects outcomes.
* Actively contribute to improve processes and methods and evaluate the patentability of results.
About you:
You have an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to take advantage of new opportunities and let go of things that do not work. You also possess a willingness to learn new things, collaborate, and critically assess new ideas.
We think that the right person can work on a stand-alone basis. It is also important that you are flexible, solution-oriented, innovative and at the same time being reliable. You possess good social skills and are a down-to-earth team player.
Bioextrax is growing fast, and you consider it an exciting opportunity to be part of our journey.
The position is full-time. Salary depends on experience.
Do you want to join us? Send CV to Bioextrax CEO, Edvard Hall at edh@bioextrax.com, please include reference letters, no personal letter is needed. This is an on-going recruitment process; interviews are being conducted continuously.
For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Head of Communications, People & Culture, Helena Raihle at her@bioextrax.com or on +46 702 635 378.

Publiceringsdatum
2021-10-01

Så ansöker du
Sista dag att ansöka är 2021-10-15

Adress
Bioextrax AB (publ)
Ideongatan 3A,
22362 LUND

Jobbnummer
6008485

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