Lab technician / Staff Scientist

Evaluation of industrial lactic acid production strains

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Lab technician / Staff Scientist

Evaluation of industrial lactic acid production strains

in Vienna / Austria for 40 hours a week


That’s the project

Syconium Lactic Acid GmbH developed yeast strains for polymer grade lactic acid production at low pH. Production of lactic acid at low pH is advantageous, because it eases the purification of the acid which increases the economic potential of this microbial chemical production process. Therefore, the lower the pH can get, the cheaper the chemical will be. However, high lactic acid concentration at low pH is detrimental to the cell factories and decreases productivity.

This project will analyse the potential of the Syconium strains under a number of industrially relevant conditions and set the base for industrial exploitation. Batch cultures of the strains in shake flask and bioreactor will allow to model productivity of the strains under the chosen conditions - with the final aim of upscaling the process.


That's what we offer

You have numerous possibilities for further education and personal development. You expand your expertise and experience a collegial work culture full of enthusiasm for your job, real flexibility and friendliness. Besides that, the mandatory lunch break is paid and we offer very generous flexitime.


That’s important to us

In the best way you have completed a Master degree (or equivalent) in biotechnology, biochemistry, applied microbiology or a similar study. Research experiences in the following areas would be desirable:

  • Practical experience in liquid culturing of microbial strains in shake flasks and bioreactors
  • Practical experience in analytical methods, in particular HPLC analyses
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English, an organized approach with strong attention to detail and good communication skills with ability to work well in teams.


That’s what you should know

Research will take place in the Institute of Microbiology & Microbial Biotechnology at the Department of Biotechnology of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)


  • The annual gross salary is set between EUR 28,000 and EUR 37,000 depending on your qualification
  • This corresponds to a monthly net amount of between EUR 1,530 and EUR 1,850 (paid 14 times a year).
  • Start: as soon as possible - duration for 6 months


Scientific Contact:

Assoc. Prof. Michael Sauer –

Prof. Diethard Mattanovich –


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Apply here:  I 13_2021

Application deadline: 15th of December 2021 (or until the position has been filled)

Of course, we welcome applicants of all sexes (m/w/x), backgrounds and ages.




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