A Research Platform for Singapore

Research Associate (Biomass Characterisation and Processing for Food Use)

Posted Date:31 August 2022
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed term



TUMCREATE is a multidisciplinary research platform of the Technical University Munich (TUM) at the Singapore Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE). We are joining forces with universities, public agencies, and industry for the advancement of future technologies.

Our large-scale Food Science ‘Proteins4Singapore’ program is funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF). The Technical University Munich (TUM) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) join forces with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI) to research plant-based proteins.

Please visit www.tum-create.edu.sg for more information about TUMCREATE.


Job Purpose/Objective of the Position

We are offering a PhD student position starting in January 2023. The project aims at creating innovative urban agro-food systems with focus on plant and algae biomass production for food use. The task within the position will be biotechnological processing of the biomass to liberate and characterize the protein fraction. The final goal is to contribute to building up a more sustainable and circular bioeconomy.


Job Responsibilities

  • Being involved in planning and setting up a small-scale bioprocess and biotech laboratory
  • Accessing protein from different food resources (plants as well as microorganisms)
  • Comprehensive analysis of the lipid and protein fraction of the biomass
  • Setting up and optimizing novel strategies for enzyme production in microbial cultures (including screening for promising strains)
  • Screening and optimization of different bioctalytic methods for protein extraction
  • Preparation of research reports, presentations and publications in English
  • Supervision of undergraduate students


Job Requirements/Competencies

  • Master’s in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioprocess Engineering or a related field
  • Ability to operate analytical devices such as HPLC, FPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS and to perform basic protein chemical methods such as SDS-PAGE, molecular biology methods, such as cloning and expression of recombinant proteins
  • Hands-on experience with hydrolase enzyme systems for biomass processing and fractionation would be advantageous
  • Experience in cultivating different autotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms
  • Multidisciplinary nature of the project requires strong translational skills for generated data and insights
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills for working in an international research team
  • Good interpersonal and teamworking skills


What TUM CREATE offers you

  • Competitive salary that commensurate with experience
  • Medical insurance
  • Good amount of leave/vacation days
  • Vibrant, modern and positive working environment in Singapore
  • Campus-sited office location with a host of facilities
  • In-building perks including gym, game room and coffee room



Please send your application including cover letter and CV to hr@tum-create.edu.sg.

We look forward to your application.