NEWS FROM THE PROJECT

PHD POSITION IN MICROALGAE TECHNOLOGY/BEER BREWING AT THE NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF BIOECONOMY RESEARCH

This is a full-time 3-year position within microalgae technology and beer brewing. The position is part of the project ALGAE TO FUTURE. The applicants will be linked to Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM), and has to be qualified to the PhD program at KBM NMBU. See regulations https://www.nmbu.no/en/research/phd/regulations_guidelines and required qualification https://www.nmbu.no/en/research/phd/application_admission. The PhD work will be supervised by researchers from NIBIO, NMBU and the consortium partner University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. The place of employment will be NIBIO, Department for Bioresources and Recycling Technologies at Ås.

Job description

The project will develop three microalgal value chains demonstrating the potential of various uses of algal biomass rich in respectively starch, protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and the main topic for the current PhD task is production of microalgae for use in fermented beverage production. The specific challenges include the development of a cultivation process for selected food grade approved species of microalgae, where production of microalgae biomass with a product specific biochemical composition is essential. This includes biomass components with functionality resembling malt for beer production, such as high starch content combined with starch degrading enzymes.

The algae biomass will be used in an ordinary or modified brewing process. Processing conditions will be monitored and product properties, such as aromatic profile, chemical composition and storage stability of the product will be evaluated.

Contact persons

Research Manager/Department Head Trine Eggen, tel +47 909 97 074 or Department Head Stig Borgvang, tel +47 458 67 258.

For further information about the position and the application process: POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AVAILABLE

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