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Research Assistant in Biorefinery of Grass (2021-224-03651)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a part-time position (30 hours/week) as research assistant  in biorefinery of grass is available from 1. September 2021 or soon hereafter and will run until 30 June 2022. The position is located within the Section of Sustainable Biotechnology with working place in Copenhagen.

Job description

The position is a part of the research projects, Grass4Food and GrassProteinFeed, with the overall goal to develop methods to purify proteins and other valuable compounds from grass juice with high yield.

The content of the position for the research assistant will include work with enzymes and different separation technologies such as buffer systems to stabilize juice, coagulation, centrifugation, and filtration. Analytical techniques will be used to monitor the concentration and quality of the proteins and other selected molecules during the different steps of the purification process. Novel methods have to be developed to ensure a high yield of proteins and ingredients.  

The successful applicant must hold an MSc degree in Biotechnology or equivalent education. The candidate should possess practical experience with production and application of enzymes, protein extraction from grass or other leaf materials and analytical methods for protein determination and biomass characterization. Applicants without these qualitfications will not be considered. As the position is part of research projects with different academic and industrial partners, the candidates qualifications should also show good interpersonal and communication skills and team spirit to solve the problems together with the different stakeholders.

The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience consists of five sections of which three are situated in Aalborg with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Applied Chemistry and Biology & Environmental Science, one in Copenhagen on Sustainable Biotechnology and one in Esbjerg on Chemical Engineering. For more information please see  Department of Chemistry and Bioscience

You may obtain further professional information from Associate Professor Mette Lübeck by phone: +45 9940 2589 or e-mail: mel@bio.aau.dk 

Qualification requirements:
The required level of qualifications is at master level. 

The application must contain the following: 

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Copy of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and, if any, PhD) On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations
  • Personal data

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lone Lund by mail est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 3494.

Appointment to Research Assistant may be for a period of up to three years. Reappointment may be made, but a Research Assistant can only be appointed to Research Assistant for a period of maximum three years. Further information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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