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Novo - Postdoc within Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology

Deadline - 26th of August, 2021
Amount - 2.5 mio DKK for up to 3 years

Phone: +45 7242 2588
Webpage: Novo Postdoc within Industrial Biotechnology

The Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to make significant contributions to the sustainability of society and the environment, including support of research within the areas of industrial biotechnology and environmental biotechnology. Grants within these areas will support excellent research with a strategic perspective addressing major questions and challenges within these fields. The proposed research must involve a clear element of biotechnology, have an outlook to scaling potential(s), contribute to sustainability and, if relevant, increase productivity.

The research projects should preferably include one or more of the following topics:
- Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools and systems for synthesis and production of valuable products (e.g., chemicals, proteins and materials)
- Development of technologies and processes that can be utilized directly for bioproduction
- Improvement of the efficiency of biomanufacturing
- Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools and systems to protect or improve the environment
- Understanding, protection or manipulation of natural or industrial ecosystems in relation to application of biotechnology
- Data science promoting research within industrial or environmental biotechnology, including related ecosystems research
Projects primarily within plant science, agriculture or food biotechnology should be addressed to the foundation’s calls for these areas. Applications will be assessed by the most relevant Novo Nordisk Foundation review committee.

 For the biotechnology requirement, the OECD short definition of biotechnology will be used as a reference for assessments. The OECD single definition of biotechnology is: the application of science and technology to living organisms, as well as parts, products and models thereof, to alter living or non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services.

An applicant must either:

- have a PhD or equivalent degree obtained within 6 years of the application deadline date.
- be a PhD student who will defend her/his thesis before April 1, 2021.
The applicant must consult with the planned supervisor at the Nordic host institution before submitting the application. To utilize the fellowship, a recipient must be accepted as a postdoctoral employee at the host institution.

The postdoctoral fellowship period can be from 1 to 3 years. The duration of the fellowship should reflect the time frame of the research activities.

At least 1 year of a fellowship must be used at the Nordic host institution. For applicants currently based at a Nordic host institution who have not conducted research in another country, a research period with a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 months in total at a laboratory in another country will be considered as a positive element for the postdoctoral training, but is not a requirement.

Funding up to DKK 800.000 per year is available for expenses including the fellowship recipient’s own salary and direct project costs. An additional amount up to DKK 100.000 in total is available for costs related to a 6-12 month stay at a collaborating laboratory in another country.