Departmental Chairman ad interim Biotechnology

Due to the departure of Prof. Isabel Arends to Utrecht University as dean of the Faculty of Science, the position of Departmental Chairman Biotechnology (BT) will be open as of 1 June. A faculty search committee has been set up to fill this vacancy through open recruitment.

Prof. Ulf Hanefeld will fulfill the role of interim Departmental Chairman of BT from 1 November 2018 onwards. In the period from 1 June to 1 November, Prof. Jack Pronk will do the honors and take up the role of  Departmental Chairman a.i. of the BT department.




Innovation is crucial to fulfil the potential of industrial biotechnology for sustainable production of fuels, chemicals, materials, food and feed. Similarly, scientific and technological advances in environmental biotechnology are needed to enable novel approaches to water purification, and ‘waste-to-product’ processes thus contributing to a circular economy. Increased fundamental knowledge encompassing enzymes, microorganisms and processes are essential for progress in this field. The Department of Biotechnology covers this research area and, based on new insights, selects, designs and tests new biobased catalysts, micro-organisms, and processes.

The department encompasses six research themes (sections):