Professor Positions (Asst./Assoc./Full) - Grand Challenges in Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology is looking for ambitious scientists for (Asst./Assoc./Full) Professor positions in bioprocess and fermentation technology, down-stream processing and/or (cell) systems engineering, who use process engineering to design biotechnological innovations. We welcome candidates who can help accelerate the sustainable use of biomass in biobased processes and circular value chains, while being able to help our students reach higher levels of excellence (see for instance our courses here). Check out the available positions and join our team of top researchers!

Maria Cuellar Soares, Assistant Professor Biotechnology

"The microbial production of extracellular, phase-separating compounds for use as advanced biofuels and chemicals offer great opportunities for competitive processing through cell reuse and in-situ product recovery. At the Department of Biotechnology, I’ve been able to translate these opportunities into a research line that integrates fermentation technology, product recovery, scale-up and design."

Jack Pronk, Full Professor Industrial Microbiology

“I am fascinated by microbial physiology, microbial performance in industrial contexts and metabolic engineering with, currently, a research focus on yeasts. I work with a fantastic team of students (BSc, MSc and PhD), postdocs and technicians.”

Poet-DSM bioethanol factory Iowa, USA

Worldwide, there are currently five factories that convert non-edible agricultural residues to fuel ethanol. One of these, co-owned by the Dutch company DSM, is based in Emmetsburg, Iowa, where residues of corn production are abundantly available. The special yeast technology used to convert C5 and C6 sugars in these raw materials was developed at TU Delft.




POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels: Making fantasy reality


Nereda is the wastewater treatment technology that purifies water using the unique features of aerobic granular biomass. The technology is sustainable, cost-effective and biological. Plants require a quarter of the area of traditional installations; the process consumes much less energy; and it is entirely based on natural ingredients. The award-winning technology was invented by Mark van Loosdrecht of TU Delft and is being used all over the world.