Job reference: SAE-024892
Salary: Competitive
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering
Location: Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Employment type: Fixed Term and Permanent
Division/Team: Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB)
Hours Per Week: Full Time (1 FTE)
Closing date: 03/05/2024
Contract Duration: Fixed term for 60 months
School/Directorate: FSE Research Institutes

Job Description

Applications are invited for a Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) who will also be a professorial level appointment in Biotechnology at the University of Manchester. The successful candidate will join a dynamic research environment at an exciting time to develop the research profile of the university in this important area. This position will also support the future direction of the Biotechnology Research Beacon in the University. The Director role comes with an honorarium of £9k per annum (non-superannuated).

The University of Manchester ( enjoys a global reputation for its research and its innovative approach to learning, with an on-going £1 billion investment in facilities, staff and buildings.  This builds on our tradition of success that stretches back 200 years.  The birth of the modern computer, the splitting of the atom, the founding principles of modern economics, the discovery of graphene, and the birthplace of chemical engineering – these and many more world changing innovations have their roots at our University.  We are at the forefront of the search for solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, boasting strong collaborative links with industry and public services.

Biotechnology Research Beacon

Our vision is to use the breadth of research in biotechnology across the University of Manchester to address the global challenges of clean energy, environmental sustainability, good health, and sustainable manufacturing. Our mission is to pioneer solutions to these global challenges through interdisciplinary working, collaboration with regional, national and international partners, influencing policy makers, and innovating our research into practice in order to make a difference to the lives of people around the world. We have particular strengths in the following areas:

  • Environmental Biotechnology

  • Industrial biotechnology

  • Life sciences and health

  • Microbial biotechnology

Biotechnology research at the University is undertaken in all three Faculties in the University with the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology a cross disciplinary institute at the centre of the beacon.

Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (

Founded in 2006 as an interdisciplinary research institute, the MIB is now a world-leading biotechnology research institute with state-of-the-art facilities and a beacon of interdisciplinary and industry-interfaced bioscience that is driving bio-based chemicals synthesis. The institute houses 40 cross-disciplinary research groups with over 140 post-doctoral scientists and 180 postgraduate students. Supported by a portfolio of ca £70M, MIB research is helping to drive the UK’s strategic development of biomanufacturing, specifically in areas of pharmaceuticals, value-added chemicals, advanced materials and next-generation biofuels.

The MIB’s world-leading capabilities include a number of Centres of Excellence: Michael Barber Collaborative Centre for Mass Spectrometry (MBCCMS); Centre of Excellence in Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture (CoEBio3); Centre for Excellence in Biopharmaceuticals (CoEBP); The Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub (Future BRH) and industry interfaced Prosperity Partnerships.

MIB has state-of-the-art research laboratories that house an impressive range of specialist facilities run by dedicated senior technical experts that endow our interdisciplinary investigators with the key skills to work successfully across the discipline interfaces at the forefront of biotechnology (e.g., NMR, EPR, Mass Spectrometry, advanced spectrometry and kinetics platforms). Recent UKRI investments (e.g., Alert bids and Royce institute partnerships) in capital infrastructure are supporting the engineering of biology for chemicals and materials production including high-throughput robotics, gene sequencing, and small-scale fermentation platforms.

The MIB is one of the leading biotechnology research institutes in the world, with a strong industry focus, international profile and globally recognized facilities, outputs and impacts. Reflecting these many achievements, the MIB was awarded the 2019 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the pioneering expertise in Industrial Biotechnology and biomanufacturing for bio-based chemicals and materials production.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a significant academic research programme within the remit of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and will collaborate effectively with other researchers within the Schools, Institutes and further afield in the University. This is a senior appointment in the University and the successful candidate will provide leadership in developing further the research capacity that complements the research activities within the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology as well as the Biotechnology Beacon. As well as providing strong direction in terms of research, the appointee will also help to develop the education profile of the Faculty and expand industrial and international links. The appointee will also perform an important role in mentoring academic staff across the Faculty, particularly early career researchers. 

What you will get in return:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme
  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays
  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period
  • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Martin Schroder


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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