PhD Position in Downstream Bioprocessing at Jacobs University, 2012 Germany

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The candidates will be involved in the synthesis and development of novel functionalized (proprietary) materials that have to be conveniently packed into disposable cartridges. Such adsorbent systems will be extensively tested for performance. Furthermore, it is expected that demonstration activities will take place in order to assess their commercial viability under real processing conditions. The candidate will also be involved in the characterization of adsorbents in order to study their surface interactions with biomass, which can be detrimental to process performance. Optimal adsorption conditions will have to be investigated using a variety of experimental (contact angle and zeta potential measurements) as well as theoretical (XDLVO theory, Residence time distribution analysis, Process tomography) tools.

• Master’s or equivalent degree in any field of the molecular life sciences, chemical or biochemical engineering, biotechnology, or related discipline. • Experience in basic cell culture and harvesting techniques, chromatography (preferably HPLC or FPLC), gel electrophoresis, organic synthesis, as well as basic analytical and spectroscopic techniques is highly desired. • The candidate should demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as in a team, should be enthusiastic and self-motivated, and should work systematically and responsibly. • Excellent English language and communication skills (written and spoken) are a pre-requisite.

Deadline: 10th October 2012

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