Tecniospring Implementation of an innovative biorefinery process on the agri-food industry (IMAGINe) | [LJ890]

Tecniospring Implementation of an innovative biorefinery process on the agri-food industry (IMAGINe) | [LJ890]

12 abr
Centre Tecnologic de Catalunya

12 abr

Centre Tecnologic de Catalunya


Eurecat Centro Tecnológico de Cataluña


Eurecat, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya (membre de Tecnio), aplega l’experiència de més de 650 professionals i dóna servei a més de 1.700 empreses. R+D aplicat, més de 200 projectes realitzats, serveis tecnològics, formació d’alta especialització, consultoria tecnològica, 88 patents, 7 spin-ofss i esdeveniments professionals són alguns dels serveis que Eurecat ofereix tant per a grans com per a petites i mitjanes empreses de tots els sectors. El valor afegit que aporta Eurecat accelera la innovació, disminueix la despesa en infraestructures científiques i tecnològiques, redueix els riscos i proporciona coneixement especialitzat a mida de cada empresa.


Eurecat, Centro Tecnológico de Cataluña (miembro de Tecnio), aglutina la experiencia de más de 650 profesionales y presta servicio a más de 1.700 empresas. I+D aplicado, más de 200 proyectos realizados, servicios tecnológicos, formación de alta especialización, consultoría tecnológica, 88 patentes, 7 spin-off y eventos profesionales son algunos de los servicios que Eurecat ofrece tanto para grandes como para pequeñas y medianas empresas de todos los sectores. El valor añadido que aporta Eurecat acelera la innovación, disminuye el gasto en infraestructuras científicas y tecnológicas, reduce los riesgos y proporciona conocimiento especializado a medida de cada empresa.


Eurecat, Technology Centre of Catalonia (member of Tecnio), brings together the expertise of 650 professionals and serving more than a 1.700 companies. Applied R + D, more than 200 projects, technological services, highly specialized training, 88 patents, 7 spin-offs, technology consulting and professional events are some of the services that Eurecat offers for both small and medium-sized companies of all sectors. The added value provided by Eurecat accelerates innovation, decreases spending on scientific and technological infrastructures, reduces risks and provides specialized knowledge to each company.

Job description


Eurecat is currently the leading Technology Centre in Catalonia, and the second largest private research organization in Southern Europe. Eurecat manages a turnover of 50M€ and 650 professionals, is involved in more than 200 R&D; projects and has a customer portfolio of over 1.600 business clients. Eurecat is currently participating in more than 60 EU funded collaborative projects, mainly in the Horizon 2020 Programme. In addition to this wide experience at European level, Eurecat is also a strong player in the various R&D; programmes sponsored by the Spanish and Catalan administrations. Technology transfer is also an essential activity in Eurecat, with 36 international patents and 7 technology-based companies (six in Spain and one in Latin America) started-up from the centre.

Eurecat R&D;, innovation and training activities is distributed in four main areas of knowledge: Industrial, Sustainability, Biotech and Digital. Additionally, Eurecat has been accepted by the European Commission as a KETs (Key Enabling Technologies) Technology Centre in order to collaborate with SMEs on close-to-market research and innovation activities.

Candidates will be integrated with a team of more than 30 researchers, most of them doctors, in the Area of Sustainability, specifically at the Waste Energy and Environmental Impact Unit.

EURECAT has several labs equipped with state of the art technology and equipment, and has large experience in the field concerning the project, having participated in several private and public projects.

Eurecat will provide the candidate with a national and international network of contacts related to the research field and the possibility to work in close collaboration with other units in Eurecat.

Location of the vacancy: Manresa (Barcelona / Spain).


The main objective of the project is to develop a new biorefinery process, for industrial agri-food waste, using selected extractions and fermentations to recover valuable products, and anaerobic digestion to turn the remaining waste into energy. The main goal is to promote circular economy within the agro-food industry including the waste-to energy concept.

The project is open to any agri-food waste and any biotechnological process that the candidate can propose.

Specific objectives:

- Develop pre-treatments to enhance the bioavailability of lignin rich agri-waste avoiding inhibitory countereffects.

- Develop extraction processes to recover valuable biomolecules of interest.

- Develop fermentation processes to obtain high value products.

- Develop an anaerobic digestion stage to obtain biogas (methane) and/or hydrogen (two-stage).

Expected results

- Validate at TRL 5, a biorefinery process, using lignocellulosic waste form the agri-food industry.

- Upscale until TRL 5 an anaerobic digestion system capable of producing relevant industrial gases.

- Recover valuable biomolecules in a marketable form.

Tasks to be developed by the researcher.

The researcher is expected to lead the whole project. The researcher will mainly be involved in the biological processes (fermentation and anaerobic digestion, or other) but will also be implicated in the pre-treatments and the purification processes.


- PhD on biotechnology, biochemistry, or biology / chemistry /chemical engineering with proven experience in the field of biotechnology or biochemistry.

- Have experience in applied research and/or technology transfer activities.

- Have experience biological processing of wastes: anaerobic digestion and/or fermentation.

- Experience in biomolecule extraction and purification processes at lab and pilot scale will also be considered.

- Fluent in English. Spanish and/or Catalan will be also considered.

Job: Investigador

Department: Sostenibilidad

Location: Manresa (Spain)

Contract: Temporary

Working day: Full time

Sector: Energy

Vacancies: 1

Discipline: R&D;

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