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Position: Research Assistant for microbiological characterization of residues from the food production chain
Institution: Technical University of Denmark
Location: Kongens Lyngby, Lyngby‐Taarbæk Municipality, Denmark
Duties: Your overall task will be to help conduct microbiological characterization of different low value residues from the food chain that could serve as sustainable and economically interesting feeding substrates for rearing of edible insects. The project will, in addition, test the microbiological stability during storage of the different substrates and test different interventions (e.g. pH, temperature, heating) for their capacity to improve microbial stability and ensure safety. We will apply classical plate counting using both non-selective and selective media for both quantitative and qualitative microbiological characterization. In addition, we will be using both MALDI-TOF and next-generation sequencing to investigate and determine the microbiological composition of the different substrates including identifying relevant pathogens and fungi. Depending on the choice of substrates, it may also be relevant to work with qPCR to detect viruses in the substrates
Requirements: A relevant master's degree in life science with a microbiological focus; Experience with experimental microbiological work; Some experience with microbiological enumeration methods, and qPCR or NGS; Solid abilities in planning and structuring as well as the ability to be solution-oriented
   
Text: Research Assistant for microbiological characterization of residues from the food production chain Your overall task will be to help conduct microbiological characterization of different low value residues from the food chain that could serve as sustainable and economically interesting feeding substrates for rearing of edible insects. The project will, in addition, test the microbiological stability during storage of the different substrates and test different interventions (e.g. pH, temperature, heating) for their capacity to improve microbial stability and ensure safety. We will apply classical plate counting using both non-selective and selective media for both quantitative and qualitative microbiological characterization. In addition, we will be using both MALDI-TOF and next-generation sequencing to investigate and determine the microbiological composition of the different substrates including identifying relevant pathogens and fungi. Depending on the choice of substrates, it may also be relevant to work with qPCR to detect viruses in the substrates A relevant master's degree in life science with a microbiological focus; Experience with experimental microbiological work; Some experience with microbiological enumeration methods, and qPCR or NGS; Solid abilities in planning and structuring as well as the ability to be solution-oriented
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