Motivation and Goals of this Position

Circular Economy solutions focus on the production of high value products from renewable resources and the usage of industrial waste streams. In recent years, our extremophiles team has developed an innovative process for biological treatment of industrial waste water. By using extreme halophilic archaea, organic components in the waste water can be utilized to form biomass and bio-based products. In this way, we are able to offer a sustainable way for treatment of industrial brine and provide a solution for circular economy.

This project offers the unique opportunity to transfer this process from the laboratory to industry. The goal is to describe this process quantitatively using highly sophisticated bioreactor environments integrate the understanding in process modelling and control strategies based on digital twins. The responsibilities comprise:

  • Fermentation of extreme halophilic archaea in sophisticated lab scale and unique pilot bioreactors
  • Investigate the influence of various components in the brine on degradation kinetics
  • Automate and optimize process control strategies based on digital twins


  • Master of Science in Bioprocess Technology, Biotechnology, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or similar.
  • Experience in bioanalytical methods
  • Background in bioprocess technology
  • Experience in operating bioreactor environments in laboratory scale
  • Curiosity and patience to transfer established bioprocessing methods to the emerging field of Circular Economy
  • Sensitivity for data analysis and statistical assessment of large data sets
  • A superior command of English
  • You should be accustomed to networked critical analytical thinking, scientifically interested and able to work in a team respecting tight project timelines


This work will be done at TU WIEN, Research Area of Biochemical Engineering and can start January 1st 2021 and is scheduled for three years.

We offer a highly interesting, diversified position comprising bioprocess technology projected on circular economy bioprocesses in tight cooperation applied basic science projects with industrial partners.

The monthly minimum wage is currently € 2.148, 00 (14x per year), before tax, at a 30h/week employment. The TU Wien aims to increase the proportion of women and encourages qualified women to apply.

We are looking forward to your application!