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Research Scientist Position in Bioprocess Engineering is Open

Research Scientist Position in Bioprocess Engineering is Open | iBB | Scoop.it

A position is open at iBB to hire a doctorate researcher under the
scope of the FCT-funded AlgaePlas project. The selected candidate (PhD holder) will work on the development of bioprocesses involving bioreactors for the production of biopolymers and other high added value molecules from the carbohydrate fraction of macroalgae.The work will be performed at BERG-iBB under the supervision of Dr. Teresa Cesário. More information on the position and how to apply can be found here, under the acronym AlgaePlas. The application deadline is February 26th, 2019.

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Sustainable Bioplastics from Seaweed

Sustainable Bioplastics from Seaweed | iBB | Scoop.it

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biodegradable macromolecules produced as reserve materials by bacteria.  PHAs have the potential to replace the main polymers in the plastic market as long as price competitive production processes are developed. The goal of the project "AlgaePlas", which has recently been recommended for funding by FCT, is to use seaweed residues after hydrocolloid extraction, or whole seaweed with no current industrial applications, as novel sugar platforms for PHAs production by marine bacteria. The project, which falls within the scientific area of Industrial Biotechnology, is headed by Teresa Cesário from BERG-iBB and involves collaboration with the University of Minho. The proposal "AlgaePlas: Seaweed biorefinery for the upgrade of carbohydrates to sustainable bioplastics" was submitted in the context of the 2017 Call for SR&TD Project Grants.

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