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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Agrar­tech­nik und Bio­öko­no­mie e.V. (ATB)

The Leib­niz Insti­tute for Agri­cul­tural Engin­eer­ing and Bioeconomy is a pion­eer and a driver of bioeconomy research. We cre­ate the sci­entific found­a­tion to trans­form agri­cul­tural, food, indus­trial and energy sys­tems into a com­pre­hens­ive bio-based cir­cu­lar eco­nomy. We develop and integ­rate tech­niques, pro­cesses and man­age­ment strategies, effect­ively con­ver­ging tech­no­lo­gies to intel­li­gently cross­link highly diverse bioeco­nomic pro­duc­tion sys­tems and to con­trol them in a know­ledge-based, adapt­ive and largely auto­mated man­ner. We con­duct research in dia­logue with soci­ety - know­ledge-motiv­ated and applic­a­tion-inspired.

Sci­ent­ist (m/f/d) (75%)

Within the frame­work of the BMBF-fun­ded pro­ject "New­Food­Sys­tems (Sub-pro­ject: Sus­tain­able and resi­li­ent cul­tiv­a­tion of insects for innov­at­ive use in feed and food pro­duc­tion - reKultI4Food)”

Working field:

The use of insect pro­tein derived from by-products and resid­ual streams from the cul­tiv­a­tion and pro­duc­tion of food could sig­ni­fic­antly improve the sus­tain­ab­il­ity of animal hus­bandry by clos­ing gaps in nutri­ent cycles. However, the eco­nomic pro­duc­tion of insect pro­tein can be chal­len­ging due to insuf­fi­ciency of spe­cific­ally optim­ised pro­duc­tion and pro­cessing meth­ods and there­fore, it can­not com­pete in price with con­ven­tional pro­tein feeds such as fish meal or soy. In addi­tion, the value-added poten­tial of insect ingredi­ents has hardly been exploited so far. Mak­ing sci­entific con­tri­bu­tions, min­im­ising future pro­tein defi­cits and at the same time improv­ing the sus­tain­ab­il­ity of food pro­duc­tion as well as increas­ing the eco­nomic viab­il­ity of insect pro­teins are the over­arch­ing goals of the pro­ject. Focus­ing on the black sol­dier fly, Her­metia illu­cens, which is prom­ising for feed and food pro­duc­tion, the fol­low­ing sub-object­ives are pur­sued: 1) a bet­ter under­stand­ing of nutri­ent util­isa­tion and nutri­ent require­ments of insect lar­vae, 2) their applic­a­tion for pro­duc­tion-rel­ev­ant quant­it­at­ive and qual­it­at­ive improve­ment of sus­tain­able insect pro­duc­tion through the util­isa­tion of rel­ev­ant residues, 3) detailed know­ledge of con­sumer- and author­ity-rel­ev­ant micro­bi­o­lo­gical para­met­ers in the con­text of insect pro­tein pro­duc­tion, and 4) the eval­u­ation of the use of insect pro­tein in an innov­at­ive prac­tical trial for feed­ing in aquacul­ture.

Your respons­ib­il­it­ies
  • Plan­ning and con­duct­ing exper­i­ments to eval­u­ate insect-sub­strate inter­ac­tions, con­sid­er­ing safety aspects along the insect pro­duc­tion chain
  • Adapt­ing avail­able micro­bi­o­lo­gical tech­niques (MALDI-ToF, DNA sequen­cing, etc.) to determ­ine the dynam­ics of micro­bial com­munity dur­ing insect cul­tiv­a­tion and pro­cessing
  • Broad­en­ing the spec­trum of spe­cific ana­lyt­ical meth­ods to eval­u­ate the entire insect pro­cessing path­ways
  • Present­a­tion of pro­ject res­ults at sci­entific con­fer­ences and stake­holder meet­ings
  • Writ­ing pro­ject reports and sci­entific pub­lic­a­tions

Requirements:

  • Excel­lent uni­versity degree in food tech­no­logy, agri­cul­tural engin­eer­ing, chem­ical engin­eer­ing (Dip­loma or Mas­ter of Sci­ence)
  • Advanced level of sci­entific work­ing exper­i­ences in the area of insect cul­tiv­a­tion and pro­cessing
  • Exper­i­ences with insect-asso­ci­ated microor­gan­isms and work­ing with human patho­gens (RG2)
  • Exper­i­ences in the applic­a­tion of insect-based feeds for aquacul­tures
  • Know­ledge in stat­ist­ical data ana­lysis
  • Will­ing­ness to use Bio­Nu­mer­ics soft­ware to eval­u­ate the micro­bial diversity
  • High level of interest in inter­dis­cip­lin­ary cooper­a­tion at the inter­face of micro­bi­o­logy and pro­cessing tech­no­logy
  • Very good writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish skills
  • Abil­ity to work in a team and will­ing­ness to cooper­ate, reli­ab­il­ity, flex­ib­il­ity, per­sonal com­mit­ment and inde­pend­ent work
  • European Driv­ing license class B is required

What we offer:

  • An attract­ive, inter­dis­cip­lin­ary work­ing envir­on­ment in a team of exper­i­enced and young sci­ent­ists and tech­ni­cians
  • Excel­lent infra­struc­ture for car­ry­ing out sci­entific work
  • Oppor­tun­ity to do a doc­tor­ate within the pro­ject includ­ing the pos­sib­il­ity to par­ti­cip­ate in struc­tured doc­toral pro­grams
  • Access to national and inter­na­tional net­works for your sci­entific career
  • Fam­ily-friendly work­ing con­di­tions that pro­mote the com­pat­ib­il­ity of work and fam­ily life
  • Com­pany-owned elec­tric bicycles for busi­ness trips
  • Par­ti­cip­a­tion on the VBB com­pany ticket
  • Our insti­tute is loc­ated on the edge of a pic­tur­esque park-like land­scape and is easy to reach by pub­lic trans­port or by bike

The part-time pos­i­tion (75%) is lim­ited until Octo­ber 31st, 2024. An exten­sion for a fur­ther 6 months is pos­sible sub­ject to the approval of the reques­ted fund­ing.

The salary will be based on your qual­i­fic­a­tion and pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence accord­ing to TV-L up to salary group 13.

How to apply:

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please con­tact Dr.-Ing. habil. Oliver Schlüter (E-Mail oschlueter@atb-potsdam.de) and visit our web­site www.atb-potsdam.de.

If you would like to con­trib­ute your pro­fes­sional com­pet­ence to our inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research, please apply by the fol­low­ing dead­line August 21st, 2022 using ATB’s online applic­a­tion form for the job advert­ise­ment, code 2022-6-3, at https://www.atb-potsdam.de/en/career/vacancies. Applic­a­tions received after the applic­a­tion dead­line can­not be con­sidered.

Equal­ity of oppor­tun­ity is part of our per­son­nel policy. Dis­abled applic­ants with adequate qual­i­fic­a­tion will be pref­er­en­tially con­sidered.

By sub­mit­ting an applic­a­tion, you agree that your job applic­a­tion doc­u­ments will be stored for a period of six months, even in the case of an unsuc­cess­ful applic­a­tion. Fur­ther inform­a­tion on the pro­cessing, stor­age and pro­tec­tion of your per­sonal data can be found at https://www.atb-potsdam.de/en/services/data-protection-declaration-for-the-application-process .