Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

RCAB - Assistant professor in bioprocess engineering

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Location: UM6P Laayoune 

Expected starting date: April 1st, 2024

Job Summary

Research Center on Algal Biotechnology (RCAB) at University Mohammed VY Polytechnic (UM6P), Laayoune City, is seeking a motivated assistant professor in bioprocess engineering. The selected candidate is anticipated to establish a research program focusing on advanced bioprocesses for algal biomass valorization in different applications. The scope of research is based on various aspects of science and technology development, including enzyme and chemical catalysis, bio-separation, bioproduct testing and process scaleup. The candidate is expected to actively pursue external research funding, foster collaborative projects and contribution in managing a comprehensive research program. Responsibilities include proposal writing, project supervision, teaching, and mentorship aligned with his/her scholarly and research background.

Job Responsibilities

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Design and update curricula and evaluate student performance.
  • Mentor graduate students, providing guidance on research projects.
  • Interact with academic and professional communities, disseminating research findings through conferences and workshops. 
  • Generate high-quality research publications, including peer-reviewed articles and conference papers, showcasing excellence in research. 
  • Lead a dynamic research program in bioprocess engineering, focusing on advancing technologies for processing algal biomass into biofuels, chemicals, biopolymers, food, and animal feed. 
  • Seek and secure extramural research funding through successful grant applications.
  • Develop innovative technologies and methodologies in bioprocess engineering.
  • Commit to continuous professional development, remaining informed about the latest developments in bioprocess engineering and related fields.
  • Cultivate collaborative research initiatives within and beyond the department, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches and partnerships with institutions or industry collaborators. 
  • Engage in departmental, university, and professional service activities, including academic advising, and participation in relevant academic organizations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ph.D. in bioprocess engineering, environmental engineering, or algal biotechnology.
  • Expertise in biomass valorization for application in biofuels, chemicals, biopolymers, food, and animal feed.
  • Proficient in collaborative work within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated postdoctoral research experience.
  • Ability to articulate research programs aligned with vision of the research center.
  • Proven teaching ability in bioprocess engineering at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Established publication record with original peer-reviewed publications, preferably as first author.
  • Active research profile, showcasing potential for future research independence through fellowship, co-Investigation, collaboration, or grant applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication abilities.
  • Previous experience in bioprocess engineering, environmental engineering, or algal biotechnology, either in academia or industry.
  • Strong commitment to leading innovative research initiatives in bioprocessing technologies.
  • Focus on engineering systems for processing diverse biomaterials (e.g., algae biomass, plant biomass, grains, vegetable oils, etc…).

This job description outlines the primary responsibilities and qualifications expected for an assistant professor in bioprocess engineering. Specific duties and requirements may vary based on the institution's needs and policies.

Application procedure:

Applications must be sent using a single electronic zipped folder with the mention of the job title. The folder must contain:

  • A detailed CV showing synthetic presentation of the academic background, research activities, publications, and key achievements.

  • A research and teaching plan, entrepreneurial ideas and concepts, and services for UM6P community: max 3-4 pages

  • 3 Reference letters

About UM6P Campus in Laayoune City:

Located at the Technopole of Foum El Oued, Laayoune City, Morocco, the new satellite of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), a higher research & education institution with an international standard, is established to serve Morocco and the African continent. Its vision is honed around research and innovation at the service of education and development. This unique nascent university, with its state-of-the-art campus and infrastructure, has woven a sound academic and research network, and its recruitment process is seeking high quality academics and professionals to boost its quality-oriented research environment.

UM6P is a very ambitious university, enjoying ample research funding, moderate
teaching load, and excellent facilities.

In its research approach, the UM6P promotes transdisciplinary, entrepreneurship spirit and collaboration with external institutions for developing up to date science and at continent level in order to address real challenges.

All our programs run as start-ups and can be self-organized when they reach a critical mass. Thus, academic liberty is promoted as far as funding is developed by research teams.

The research programs are integrated from long-term research to short-term applications in linkage with incubation and start-up ecosystems. 

UM6P offers highly competitive salaries at the international level. Our researchers get incentives through a participation to the intellectual property they develop.

About Research Center on Algal Biotechnology (RCAB) – UM6P Laayoune :

The Research Center on Algal Biotechnology (RCAB) is a new component of the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P). It is located in Laayoune City and constitutes a structure of practical-based research with a vision of offering versatile infrastructure for cultivation and conversion of algae based on merging biotechnology, environmental science, and sustainability. Driven by innovation, sustainability, and interdisciplinary collaboration, the center aims to bridge research and practical applications for the development of a large spectrum of applications in agriculture, cosmetical, pharmaceuticals, feed and food industry, bioremediation, climate change mitigation, and renewable energy production. 

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