PIPS Project Opportunity - Entomics @ National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)

Internship opportunity for BBSRC DTP students investigating biological post-processing methods for transforming insects into sustainable animal feeds

Project title: Investigating biological post-processing methods for transforming insects into sustainable animal feeds
Summary of the project aims, objectives and anticipated outcomes:The project is aimed at investigating different biological methods for extracting and optimising insect-derived meal for a range of animal feed applications.The objectives will be lab-scale proof-of-concept studies to assess various methods of processing. Will involve screening of multiple processing conditions and catalysts, rapid iteration of experimental variables and analysing the end-products using molecular biology techniques. Will also include preparation of samples for outsourced analysis.The outcomes will include a dataset describing the advantages and disadvantages of the optimal process relative to existing techniques in the industry (e.g. mechanical and chemical).
Skills sought in applicant:Preferably pursuing PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or similar fieldStrong understanding of nutrition in the food and/or feed industriesIndependent worker with significant wet lab experience working with enzymatic digestion, microbiology and protein gelsPersonal interest in the field of circular economy, sustainable feeds and insects
Skills the applicant will develop:The student will get insight and experience with an early-stage applied R&D program within a fast-paced startup environment. They will be able to apply their skills to real problems being faced by this hugely exciting industry, with 'insects for food and feed' a current topic of significant interest to both the academic and private sectors. They will run projects with a high degree of independence, with oversight from experts in the field. They will also get a broad understanding of the other challenges involved with running a startup by virtue of being in this unique environment, including marketing, HR, legal and sales.
Anticipated start date:1st March 2017
Closing Date for Applications:31st January 2017
Applicants should contact Matt McLaren at matt@entomics.com with their CV and why they are interested in the internship.

This item was added 9th January 2017

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