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ASARI - Open Rank Faculty Position in Algal Biotechnology

About UM6P Campus in Laayoune City:
Located at the Technopole of Foum El Oued, Laayoune City, Morocco, the new satellite of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), a higher research & education institution with an international standard, is established to serve Morocco and the African continent. Its vision is honed around research and innovation at the service of education and development. This unique nascent university, with its state-of-the-art campus and infrastructure, has woven a sound academic and research network, and its recruitment process is seeking high quality academics and professionals to boost its quality-oriented research environment.

UM6P is a very ambitious university, enjoying ample research funding, moderate teaching load, and excellent facilities.

In its research approach, the UM6P promotes transdisciplinary, entrepreneurship spirit and collaboration with external institutions for developing up to date science and at continent level in order to address real challenges.

All our programs run as start-ups and can be self-organized when they reach a critical mass. Thus, academic liberty is promoted as far as funding is developed by research teams.

The research programs are integrated from long-term research to short-term applications in linkage with incubation and start-up ecosystems. 

UM6P offers highly competitive salaries at the international level. Our researchers get incentives through a participation to the intellectual property they develop.

About Research Center on Algal Biotechnology (RCAB) – UM6P Laayoune:
The Research Center on Algal Biotechnology (RCAB) is a new component of the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P). It is located in Laayoune City and constitutes a structure of practical-based research with a vision of offering versatile infrastructure for cultivation and conversion of algae based on merging biotechnology, environmental science, and sustainability. Driven by innovation, sustainability, and interdisciplinary collaboration, the center aims to bridge research and practical applications for the development of a large spectrum of applications in agriculture, cosmetical, pharmaceuticals, feed and food industry, bioremediation, climate change mitigation, and renewable energy production. 

Job Summary

The Research Center on Algal Biotechnology (RCAB) at University Mohammed VY Polytechnic (UM6P), Laayoune City, is seeking motivated associate or full professor specialized in algal physiology and biotechnology (microalgae, cyanobacteria, seaweeds). The successful candidate will contribute actively to the development of innovative teaching methodologies and advanced research initiatives. Moreover, the successful candidate will be guiding and inspiring colleagues and collaborating with other research entities and stakeholders within the ecosystem. He/she will shape the strategic vision and mission of the center.

This position offers a unique opportunity to influence and lead research within an inspiring academic environment. It is an opportunity to contribute to shape the future of algae in Morocco with a significant impact on academia, industry, and local communities by supporting, researchers, innovators, youth, cooperatives, and investors.

Job Responsibilities

•    Develop and implement the mission and the vision of the research center,
•    Lead and conduct cutting-edge research activities that contribute to the sustainable use of algae in various applications,
•    Design curricula to meet the industry demands in algal biotechnology (microalgae, cyanobacteria, and seaweeds).
•    Develop undergraduate and graduate-level courses in algal biotechnology (algal cultivation and bioprocessing),
•    Mentor junior faculty members and supervise postdocs, PhD and MSc students, research engineers, and technicians.
•    Establish collaborations with industrial partners, governmental agencies, and research institutions,
•    Engage in departmental and institutional committees,
•    Participate in outreach activities, such as seminars, workshops, forums, and conferences.

Qualifications and Experience

•    A Ph.D. degree in biotechnology, physiology, biochemistry, environmental science, or related field with a specialization in algal biotechnology,
•    At least 10 years of professional experience and recognized expertise in algal biotechnology, and seaweed & microalgae cultivation,
•    Good experience in managing research teams and research entities,
•    Strong leadership abilities and project management from concept to commercialization, 
•    A robust and comprehensive grasp of the fundamental principles and pivotal inquiries in algal biotechnology within the context of bioeconomy,
•    In-depth expertise in algal physiology, algal biology, biochemistry, and metabolic engineering of algae.
•    Demonstrated expertise and a strong publication record in algal biotechnology or related fields.
•    Experience in securing research funding through grants, contracts, or collaborations,
•    Demonstrated collaboration with peers at national and international levels,
•    Thorough understanding of the Moroccan and the African institutional and industrial ecosystem is a plus,
•    Practical involvement in entrepreneurship and startup development,
•    Excellent communication skills, leadership abilities, and a collaborative mindset.

This job description outlines the primary responsibilities and qualifications expected of an Associate or full professor specializing in Algal Biotechnology. Specific duties and requirements may vary based on the dynamic institution's needs and policies.

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