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Industrial Biotechnology – Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together. www.vttresearch.com

Do you want to join us in creating scientific and technological excellence for the benefit and competitiveness of companies and the society?

VTT has a strong focus on development of biotechnological processes for sustainable production of fuels, chemicals and materials from renewable biomass feedstocks. In the future, increasing emphasis is foreseen in production of biology-enabled value-added chemicals, proteins, materials, and use of C1 carbon sources (e.g. CO2) as feedstock. Multidisciplinary approaches are highly appreciated at VTT, e.g. interaction with (thermo)chemistry, material sciences, micro-manufacturing and food technology.

In these areas, we have cutting edge platforms for strain engineering and screening in high throughput manner and the development and scale up of bioprocesses from laboratory scale to pilot-scale bioreactors.  VTT is part of the Finnish National Bioeconomy infrastructure and a partner in the EU level infrastructure ESFRI Roadmap “EU-IBISBA: Industrial Biotechnology Innovation and Synthetic Biology Acceleration” (www.ibisba.eu) for the further development of the high throughput strain cultivation infrastructure and related analytics.

Research professors are key experts in VTT’s research network contributing to implementation of VTT strategy. Research professor’s role is to promote and lead innovative research in a defined research area taking care of competence gaps and supporting competence development for future need. In addition, the research professor support challenge-driven way of working and ensures scientific excellence in his/her field. The research professor is expected to build strong research project portfolios, manage large research openings and projects, actively collaborate with academic and industrial partners and stimulate active use of research results by beneficiaries, and publish and disseminate scientific results. The research professor is also expected to create international networks and collaborations and influence research and innovation agendas.

You should have a strong background in metabolic engineering and understanding of biological chemistry as a basis for using microbes as cell factories. You should also have know-how on modelling of metabolism and cell function, in bioprocess physiology and optimisation, and synthetic biology and automation as tools in strain construction, analysis and product design. Proven record in working closely with industry and understanding industrial needs are of great benefit.

You will be working with colleagues that have a broad know-how on industrially relevant production organisms, in particular yeasts and filamentous fungi, as well as bacteria and plant cell cultures. VTT researches in industrial biotechnology focus on protein production, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, enzyme discovery and engineering, bioprocess optimisation and scale-up, and process microbiology. The infrastructure available is excellent ranging from advanced analytics, automated robotics systems to pilot scale bioreactors.

We offer a great opportunity to develop scientific and technological excellence together with VTT´s top experts in a leading multi-disciplinary RTO and to co-create with industrial customers. You will be a part of a creative and international working environment. The tasks are versatile, independent and challenging, with support and coaching where needed. VTT is a modern, well-equipped working environment with competent, internationally oriented and highly trained personnel assisted by skilled business support professionals.

The position of the Research Professor is, according to VTT’s new tenure track system, first fixed term for 5 years, with possible continuation. The salary and benefits will be determined according to the salary level of corresponding positions at VTT. Applicants may also present a salary request. We may also consider more junior tenure track applicants for the vacancy.

VTT uses international experts to evaluate the scientific relevance of the applicants to this position. One part of the evaluation is the publications provided by the applicant.

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Lio Tariman

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