Optimizing 2G biorefineries production using synthetic consortia


Through various research programs, IFP Energies nouvelles is now strongly involved in the development of bioprocesses for biofuels and bio-based chemical intermediates. The overwhelming majority of bio-based fermentation products are obtained today through a microbial monoculture approach. However, this approach faces limits when it comes to complex biotransformations. Furthermore, at industrial scale, fermentations cannot be carried out under perfectly aseptic conditions. Bioprocesses are therefore regularly subject to chronic or acute contamination. To overcome these issues, many research projects are investigating the construction of interkingdom synthetic consortia. Their objective is to increase the robustness of bioprocesses against external contamination, but also to promote metabolic synergies between the different microbial players. With a view to improving the conversion of renewable biomass, this thesis aims at assessing the potential of various co-cultures in obtaining products of interest to the bioeconomy. For this purpose, the doctoral student will implement in the lab various techniques necessary for the study of microorganisms, alone or in co-cultures. Meta-omics analyzes (metranscriptomics and metabolomics) will also be deployed to improve the understanding of the complex mechanisms ruling microbial interactions. The successful candidate must have an engineer and / or research master's level with a specialization in biotechnology and microbiology. He should also have skills in data analysis and bioinformatics.

Keywords: biotechnology, co-culture, bioethanol, meta-omics

  • Academic supervisor    Ph.D. BEN CHAABANE Fadhel, IFPEN ; ORCID: 0000-0002-6725-1061
  • Doctoral School    ED581 ABIES/ Agriculture, Alimentation, Biologie, Environnement, Santé nom, http://www.agroparistech.fr/abies
  • IFPEN supervisor    Ph.D. POIRIER Simon, Biotechnology department, simon.poirier@ifpen.fr, ORCID: 0000-0003-0669-5117
  • PhD location    IFP Energies nouvelles, Rueil-Malmaison, France 
  • Duration and start date    3 years, starting in fourth quarter 2022
  • Employer    IFP Energies nouvelles, Rueil-Malmaison, France 
  • Academic requirements    University Master’s degree in industrial biotechnology
  • Language requirements    Fluency in French or English, willingness to learn French
  • Other requirements    Knowledge in microbiology, microbial ecology and data analysis (R) 

To apply, please send your cover letter and CV to the IFPEN supervisor indicated here above.

IFPEN supervisor
Département Biotechnologies
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