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Assistant Professorship (all genders) - Tenure Track "Industrial Biotechnology"

2022-10-06
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TU Wien is Austria's largest institution of research and higher education in the fields of technology and natural sciences. With over 26,000 students and more than 4000 scientists, research, teaching and learning dedicated to the advancement of science and technology have been conducted here for more than 200 years, guided by the motto "Technology for People". As a driver of innovation, TU Wien fosters close collaboration with business and industry and contributes to the prosperity of society.

The Faculty of Technical Chemistry invites applications for a Tenure Track position starting fromJanuary 2023 (40 working hours): 
Assistant Professor (all genders) Tenure Track „Industrial Biotechnology“ in form of an initially fixed-term (6 years) position, including a tenure evaluation, which when positive, opens the possibility to change the position to Associate Professor with an unlimited contract.

The tenure track position is affiliated with the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering, Research Area Biochemical Engineering and comprises research and teaching in the field of developing new, sustainable bioprocesses and microorganisms for their application in the biotech and chemical industry. The main research focus shall be in the area of developing bioprocessing strategies and appropriate biocatalysts for the conversion of gaseous (synthesis gas, CO2, CH4) and liquid one carbon compounds (formate, methanol). By establishing this tenure track position, existing research activities as well as connections between the research topics chemical engineering, technical chemistry and the biosciences shall be strengthened. 

Tasks:

Research:

  • Metabolic and genome engineering of acetogenic bacteria to generate a systems-level understanding of their physiology and metabolism
  • Application of the gained knowledge and know-how to produce base chemicals, biofuels and bioplastics
  • Development of innovative bioprocessing strategies and biocatalysts to obtain sustainable bioprocess solutions with the potential to replace traditional, carbon-positive production processes and reduction of the “CO2 footprint”
  • Utilization of feedstocks from industrial sources (gaseous, liquid) as well as sustainably generated one carbon compounds (e.g. through biomass gasification or electrochemical catalysis) and systems-level analysis and knowledge-based improvement of biocatalytic conversion
  • Methodology includes continuous bioprocessing, systems metabolic engineering, metabolic modeling, systems biology analyses

Teaching:

  • MSc programs: teaching in the areas of „Industrial/White Biotechnology“ and „Biology and Genetics of industrial microorganisms“ within lectures, seminars and practical lab courses
  • BSc programs: teaching in the areas of „Biochemistry and Biotechnology“ and “Chemical Engineering”. As the official langauge of the BSc programs at TU Wien is currently German, suitable language skills are required

Your profile:

  • A university PhD degree (or equivalent) in biotechnology, biochemistry, microbiology, technical chemistry etc.
  • Excellent English and German language skills
  • Proven expertise in bioprocessing of gaseous and liquid one carbon compounds as well as of industrial waste and residual streams
  • Experience with scale-up of bioprocesses and the corresponding bioprocess monitoring and control
  • Extensive experience and proven research achievements in the areas of metabolic engineering, anaerobic microbiology and physiology, metabolic modeling, and systems biology
  • Scientific publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals (at least 15 original research papers as lead author)
  • Outstanding achievements and potential in research, international reputation (participation at international conferences with contributions), applied-oriented research experience (patent applications)
  • Experience in conception, acquisition and accomplishment of research projects
  • Proven funding and successful project leadership in highly competitive programs according to the TUW Excellence Promotion Initiative (successful acquisition and management of an FWF-START, ERC or Christian Doppler Laboratory)
  • Experience in teaching and in the (co-)supervision of bachelor, master, and PhD students
  • Scientific experience (at least one year) at well-reputed foreign research institution
  • Willingness to lead a research group as well as to take on management tasks within the organizational structure; organizational talent and ability to work in a team as well as excellent communication skills
  • Ability and willingness for interfaculty and interuniversity cooperation
  • Ideally, skills or experience in the field of promoting young scientists and women as well as in gender mainstreaming

We offer:

  • A wide variety and exciting range of tasks and flexible working hours
  • Wide range of internal and external training opportunities
  • Central location of workplace with very good accessibility (U1/U2/U4 Karlsplatz)
  • A range of attractive social benefits (see Fringe-Benefit Catalogue of TU Wien)

TU Wien is committed to increasing the proportion of women in particular in leadership positions. Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to women when equally qualified, unless reasons specific to a male applicant tilt the balance in his favour.

People with special needs are equally encouraged to apply. In case of any questions, please contact the confidant for disabled persons at the university, Mr. Gerhard Neustätter.

The employment starts as University Assistant with a minimum salary of EUR 4,061.50 gross (14 x per year) according to the collective bargaining agreement for a PostDoc. After signing the qualification agreement, the employment continues as Assistant Professor with a minimum salary of EUR 4,782.30 gross (14 x per year).

We look forward to receiving your application until 06.10.2022.

Please submit your application including:

  • Curriculum vitae and letter of application
  • Presentation of achievements in scientific research as well as experience and activities in academic teaching and supervision of junior scientists
  • Certificates of academic degrees (upload it under the category: +add more documents)
  • Evidence of the acquisition of external funding and detailed concepts for future plans in teaching and research including a description of the contributions to the scientific profile of the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering or the Faculty of Technical Chemistry, respectively (upload it under the category: +add more documents)
  • Two rough concepts for project ideas (approx. 2 pages each), which substantiate and document the further plans and the potential with regard to competitive acquisition of third-party funding (upload it under the category: +add more documents)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

Carmen Keck | T: +43 1 588 01 406201 
Here you can find also relevant information about the application process.

Jobdetails

Titel
Assistant Professorship (all genders) - Tenure Track "Industrial Biotechnology"
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Standort
Karlsplatz 13 Wien, Österreich
Veröffentlicht
2022-09-15
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2022-10-06
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