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Research Associate in Alternative Feedstocks for Production of Novel Sophorolipids
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-015677

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/10/2020

Salary: £32,816 to £33,797 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 01 October 2020 until 30 September 2023

The PDRA will work on an Innovate UK Smart Grant which includes two UK industrial partners, Holiferm Limited and Star Brands. The core aim of the IUK project is to develop efficient production routes for sophorolipid biosurfactants, based on a range of low cost, waste derived and alternative feedstocks. Complementing this the project also involves the production of novel molecular forms of sophorolipids, techno-economic assessment and life cycle analysis.

The University of Manchester has family friendly policies that provide for flexible working.  We care about career and personal development, offering a structured induction programme for new staff, an annual performance and development review, staff training for all career stages and mentoring opportunities to support career development.

This is a full-time position, although flexible working/secondment applications will also be considered. It is based in Manchester, with UK and international travel requirements.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Happy to talk flexible working.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr James Winterburn


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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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