Research Associate in Enzyme Evolution - Microfluidics

Job Reference : S&E-11148
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 16/01/2018
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum, depending on experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : Available from 1 February 2018 until 31 January 2020

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on the UK Catalysis Hub - Biocatalysis and Biotransformations funded project “High-throughput selection method for extracellular biocatalysts”

This project is funded by the UK Catalysis Hub - Biocatalysis and Biotransformations under the project “High-throughput selection method for extracellular biocatalysts”. The project will be working to exploit whole-cell biosensors to evolve enzymes and bacterial cell hosts to degrade and valorization biomass. The project builds upon an existing UK-Brazilian collaboration and brings together expertise in synthetic biology and bio-catalysis for high-value chemicals production, directed evolution of enzymes, and use of whole cell biosensors. The project will be supervised by Dr Neil Dixon (MIB), Prof Nick Turner (MIB), and Prof Gideon Grogan (York).

You will have skills in high-throughput clone selection methods such as the use of microfluidics or FACS and strong interests in the directed evolution of enzymes, pathways and hosts of relevance to biotechnology. You will join a team of researcher’s located Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, with access to the Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SynBioChem). A strong commitment to team-based work is required and you will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Biochemical Engineering/Chemical Biology (or a related subject area).

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

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:  Neil Dixon


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

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