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PhD Programme Assistant

An enthusiastic PhD programme assistant who will operate in and contribute to the PE&RC Office composed of 4 staff members supported by a secretariat of 3.
The PhD programme assistant is responsible for:

  • Administrative activities related to PhD training and education (registration, website management, financial transactions, course material logistics, archiving)
  • Handling of PE&RC office mail
  • Support in development, maintenance and execution of PR activities (posters, flyers, social media)
  • Archiving: provision of overview of training activities including financial reports
  • Maintenance of PE&RC website (including calendar)
  • Preparation of monthly newsletters

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18-10-2019 Wageningen University & Research
Secretaresse

We zoeken een enthousiaste teamplayer voor 16 uur per week voor onze back office bij de leerstoelgroep Microbiologie. Het team bestaat momenteel uit een secretaresse en een projectmedewerker. Je zorgt samen met je collega's voor het goed verlopen van alle voorkomende werkzaamheden op de administratie. Je vervult daarbij een actieve rol op het gebied van algemene secretariaatswerkzaamheden, zoals:

  • het beheren van e-mail en het opnemen van de telefoon;
  • het boeken van vergaderzalen;
  • bestellingen doen;
  • bijhouden van actuele bestanden in Excel;
  • het regelen van reizen;
  • het archiveren van publicaties;
  • hulp bieden bij het organiseren van kleine evenementen en andere ad hoc taken;
  • Tevens zal je als back-up fungeren voor de verantwoordelijke persoon van de studentenadministratie.

De werkzaamheden zullen in samenwerking met de huidige secretaresse worden gecoördineerd en uitgevoerd. We verwachten dat je collega's en studenten vriendelijk en servicegericht te woord staat. Tijdens de afwezigheid van je collega's op de administratie kun je na overleg taken overnemen.

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18-10-2019 Wageningen University & Research
PhD Biodegradation of micropollutants in membrane concentrate

Are you the enthusiastic PhD scientist who wants to investigate biodegradation of organic micropollutants (OMPs), present in the concentrate of a novel nanofiltration (NF) membrane? Then we are looking for you!

There is growing concern about the presence of OMPs in surface waters. These OMPs, which can be consumer products or medicine residues, have the potential to cause long-term harm to humans and aquatic ecosystems. Municipal waste water treatment plants (MWTPs) are considered a hotspot for the release of these OMPs into the environment. To remove them, a NF membrane was developed that allows controlled passage of ions, but retains OMPs. The NF concentrate concentrations is recycled to the MWTP. The PhD project will focus on the effect of this recirculation on (1) the possibility to stimulate biodegradation of OMPs and (2) the treatment performance of the MWTP. OMP analyses will be used to identify and quantify their removal mechanisms (e.g. biodegradation, sorption). Bio-assays will determine the eco-toxicity of selected samples. Parameters, such as sludge production, aeration efficiency, COD removal, nitrification and sludge digestibility will provide information regarding the effect of NF recirculation on MWTP performance.
The project is financed by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research - Applied and Engineering Sciences (NWO-TTW) and will be carried out in close cooperation with two PhD students of the University of Twente focusing on the NF membrane. The research will mainly consist of laboratory work, but includes a pilot-plant located at a full-scale MWTP owned by one of the Dutch water authorities that is funding the project.
The PhD student should have knowledge of and affinity with wastewater treatment processes with an emphasis on the microbiological aspects. An understanding of and experience with chemical analyses and their interpretation is appreciated. The student is pro-active and has good communication skills as the student needs to cooperate with a broad consortium within a larger research project.

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17-10-2019 Wageningen University & Research
PhD Student

We are looking for a PhD candidate for the project "Light harvesting and electron transport in plants with extraordinary photosynthesis". You will be part of a multidisciplinary project that will combine biophysics, physiology, biochemistry, modelling and genetics to understand very high photosynthetic rates in C3 plants. This particular programme will investigate how light-harvesting and electron and proton transport is organised, functions and is regulated in C3 plants with exceptional photosynthetic properties. The project will be supervised by Prof Herbert van Amerongen and Dr Jeremy Harbinson.
Background information: A typical C3 crop plant, like wheat or tomato, will have a maximum photosynthetic rate of about 30 µmol m-2 s-1. A small number of exceptional C3 plants achieve much higher assimilation rates than this - at irradiances of 2 000 µmol m-2 s-1 the light response curves of leaves of these plants will not have saturated and they have CO2 fixation rates of over 50 µmol m-2 s-1: C3 leaves with C4 rates of photosynthesis! We have a programme to understand how these high rates of photosynthesis are achieved, both in terms of function and genetics. Ultimately, we want to explain what makes these leaves so special in terms of their biophysical, physiological and biochemical properties. Hirschfeldia incana is a member of the Brassicaceae with the high rates of photosynthesis that interest us. The Brassicaceae includes Arabidopsis and several crop plants such as Brassica rapa and B. oleracea. It is thus a physiologically and genetically well understood genus. We will exploit this knowledge in our project. As a physiological reference - a plant with crop plant rates of photosynthesis, we will use Brassica nigra. We will therefore compare leaves with crop plant rates of photosynthesis with the Usain Bolt of the photosynthesis world. To do this we will use a range of advanced biophysical and physiological tools to measure photosynthesis and its operation and regulation in folio and in vitro; If this kind of research would interest you and you enjoy understanding complicated systems then this could be the project for you.

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17-10-2019 Wageningen University & Research
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Additive Food Assembly

Are you a talented, creative engineering scientist who would like to work on the foods of the future? Are you a pioneer who is inspired by surprising solutions for serious societal challenges? Are you ready to set up your own field, supported by and embedded in a world-leading research group? Then we may have just the right Tenure Track position for you.
The foods that we consume and enjoy every day are prepared by mixing the ingredients, and applying different treatments, such as heating, shaping and slicing or cutting. In the future, we may also prepare foods using additive assembly, in which we build up foods for example through 3D printing. This will allow us to make better plant based protein foods (meat analogues), better gluten free bread and other bakery products, and help children or elderly to overcome problems in their food intake. Robotic additive assembly will also help us to make food preparation safer, and better retain freshness.
We look for a motivated and creative assistant / associate professor in mechanical, chemical or food engineering. You have a demonstrably good scientific track record, and now wish to start your own research line. You are able to attract research funding, and set up a strong societal network (including industries). You can attract and manage a group of PhD students, postdocs and others. You inspire BSc and MSc students with your vision and high-quality educational activities.
Your research connects the understanding of complex food materials under processing conditions, with aspects of equipment design, automation and system control. You are interested in using strategies for adaptive control for additive food assembly, using fast coupling between sensor output and system control. Machine-consumer interaction may be a part of this. You are expected to active contribute to education, and will have the freedom to set up your own courses.
You will be an independent researcher with your own team, embedded in a large and growing research group on food processing, who will support you and your team. In turn, you will contribute to this group, with 40% of your time on your research, 40% on education and 20% on management.

Information Tenure track Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University offers talented young scientists a challenging Tenure Track career trajectory. By introducing this trajectory, our aim is to attract top talent and to stimulate excellence.
From the position of Assistant/Associate Professor, candidates can grow into a Professor position, holding a personal chair in a manner solely determined by personal success. In addition, they will be given the chance to build up their own research line. It goes without saying that candidates will be intensively supervised and coached during the trajectory. Moreover, this transparent career path can lead to a permanent employment contract.

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16-10-2019 Wageningen University & Research