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    Research assistant (M/F) – Zelcor Project

    Zelcor is a BBI-JU funded project involving a large public and private parternship (http://www.zelcor.eu). This project intends to demonstrate the feasibility of transforming lignocellulose recalcitrant side streams (lignocellulosic residues from ethanol production, lignins dissolved during pulping and lignin-like humins formed by sugars conversion) into high added-value bio-based products, including fine chemicals. This will be achieved by combining chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insect-based bioconversion.
    Ÿnsect is leading the work package WP4 in the Zelcor project, in collaboration with INRA and UPEC. The WP4 aims to develop a bioreactor to convert lignin rich by-products into valuable products both by rearing termites and by culturing microbial consortia isolated from termites gut.

    • Type of contract : CDD
    • Localisation : Evry
    • Availability : ASAP
    • Remuneration : According to the applicant profile

    Your mission

    The candidate will contribute to the development of the termite bioreactor, by carrying out the following tasks:
    – Rearing termites colonies and make them grow larger,
    – Upgrading the design of the termite rearing unit,
    – Undertaking experiments and setting up methodologies to take data and assess key parameters,
    – Supplying large among of termites for transformation in high added-value bio-based products,
    – Emulating the reproduction and production units of the termite bioreactor by computer modeling.

    Required Skills

    Master degree preferably in agronomy, biology, bioinformatics,
    – 1 to 5 years of professional experience, ideally,
    – Experience in termites or social insects, or insects biology and rearing,
    – Skills in modelling (python), ideally,
    – Autonomy, good interpersonal abilities, initiative, taste for experimentation, affinity for teamwork;
    – Interest for sustainable development and environmental care;
    – Well command of English spoken and written