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Research Associate in chemo-enzymatic production of speciality glycans
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-09548

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/02/2017

Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: -

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: Available 01/03/2017 to 01/03/2018

School / Directorate: School of Chemistry

This is an opportunity for a Research Associate position under the supervision of Professor Sabine Flitsch.

We’re seeking an outstanding and ambitious Chemist to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists working as part of the BBSRC/EPSRC/Innovate UK translation award, Chemo-enzymatic production of speciality glycans.

Speciality glycans is a collaborative project, including partners from 8 different UK research institutions and 4 industrial partners. The vision of the project centres around the translation of traditional and novel methodologies to develop sustainable and versatile platforms for the industrial production of glycans on scale. The University of Manchester’s part of the project is focussed on the development of glycoarrays as multimodal tools for showcasing glycan potential in diagnostics as well as biocatalysis using novel enzymes for the synthesis of larger glycans.

You should have a PhD or equivalent in chemistry with competencies in organic synthesis and analytical methods including: NMR, Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography. Experience of carbohydrate chemistry is advantageous but not essential. You should be capable of working under your own initiative but also collaborating with research partners in both Manchester and project partners across the UK, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

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. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Dr Hannah Roberts, Scientific and Grants Project Manager


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting: Wednesday 25 January 2017

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

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