Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry of Plant Natural Products - University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Biological Chemistry of Plant Natural Products

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications to fill a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the broad area of the biological chemistry of plant natural products. We are particularly interested in individuals who combine insight and interest in the structure and function of plant natural products and the enzymes in their biosynthetic pathways, along with a vision for how systems and synthetic biology can inform research and innovation in this field. The position will afford many collaborative opportunities both within and outside the department (with biologists, food scientists, chemical engineers, and agricultural scientists), and an individual with ability and interest to bridge to one or more of these disciplines is sought. The department also welcomes applicants with goals of utilising plant natural products as pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, or in agricultural improvement. 

The successful candidate will have access to a recently acquired unique plant cell culture collection comprising ~2200 species of  plants ( , the Mass Green High Performance  Computing Center (, aswell as state-of-the art mass spectrometry, NMR, imaging and biophysical characterization instrumentation through the Institute of Applied Life Sciences ( ). In addition, as a state land grant institution, UMass has farm and experiment station facilities to support applications in agriculture.

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Call opening FRANCE - PRESTIGE Postdoc Programme

15 SEP 2016

The PRESTIGE programme is co-financed under the Marie Curie Actions-COFUND of the FP7

The PRESTIGE programme, coordinated by Campus France, aims at fostering the international mobility of post-doc researchers.

Three mobility schemes are available:

- Incoming, allowing foreign researchers to carry out their post-doctoral research work in France;

- Outgoing, for researchers from France wishing to carry out a post-doctoral research project in another country;

- Re-integration, targeted at nationals of EU Member States or Associated countries working in research for at least 3 years in another Third Country to come to France to further develop their career.

PRESTIGE is a co-financing programme, funding about 1/3 of the post-doc  fellow's living, mobility and research allowance, while the remaining 2/3 are financed by another partner, either public or private.

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IIASA Postdoctoral Fellowships

ii logo namePostdoctoral Fellowships are available at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) for Researchers in:
  • Natural and Social Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences and Modelling
  • Interdisciplinary and Sustainability Sciences
  • Integrated Assessment
  • Management and Policy
IIASA located in Schloss Laxenburg near Vienna, Austria, provides full funding for a number of postdoctoral researchers each year. Scholars conduct their own research on topics closely related to one or more projects on IIASA's agenda.

Upcoming application deadlines:                2016: 1 October                        2017: 1 April, 1 October

Postdoctoral positions are of up to two years' duration, and can begin up to six months after selection.

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PhD in Environmental Chemistry - Umeå University, Sweden

UmU LogoUmeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4,300 employees and 31,500 students have chosen Umeå University. We welcome your application!

This PhD position is part of a larger project demonstrating integrated production of methane and carbonised biomaterials from forest biomass. The main focus is on carbonisation of lignin and digestion residues using hydrothermal carbonisation, and chemical evaluation of the produced carbon materials. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2016.Bio4energy cmyk

This PhD position is part of a larger research project where we will be demonstrating the integrated production of methane and carbonised biomaterials (biochar, activated carbon, and carbon fibres) from forest biomass. By using Organosolv pre-treatment of the biomass, we can extract a lignin fraction isolated in high yield and high purity. The carbohydrate fraction from the pre-treatment will be used for the conversion of methane by digestion, while the lignin will be the feedstock for conversion to carbonised materials.

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EU International Strategy for Research and Innovation, EU External Action Service
Stanford University Announces Certificate Program in Renewable Energy, Biofuels Journal
Aarhus University will be setting up a Programme for Biorefining, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, AArhus University
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