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Research Fellow Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub (2 Posts)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-13791

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/10/2019

Salary: £40,792 - £50,132 per annum (according to experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 4 years (With Possible Extension)

School / Directorate: School of Chemistry

The University of Manchester (UoM) is leading a new Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub (Future BRH, with Spokes at Imperial, UCL, Nottingham, IBioIC, CPI, and the UK Catalysis Hub at Harwell. Funded by UKRI (EPSRC and BBSRC, £10M over 7 years), the Future BRH will develop new underpinning technologies based on Industrial Biotechnology (IB) to enable efficient, sustainable and innovative bio-based manufacturing in key sectors: Pharmaceuticals; Value-added Chemicals; Engineering Materials and BioFuels. The Future BRH will connect Hub and Spoke IB strengths in interdisciplinary discovery science with industry to deliver innovative and sustainable biomanufacturing solutions that position the UK at the vanguard of economic Clean Growth and the forefront of international developments in the global bio-economy.

As a research fellow you will be part of an expert Future BRH research team (12 research fellows) that will provide an interdisciplinary resource supporting a mix of innovative Platform Research and Grand Challenge projects supporting two complementary themes “Automated and integrated biocatalyst engineering for biomanufacturing” and “Realising the value of industrial biotechnology at scale” working with academic and industrial partners. These 2 new positions (based in Manchester) will work closely with the Spoke institutions (particularly UCL and Nottingham):

Position 1: Upstream Bio-Process scale up interfacing with Metabolic Engineering

Position 2: Techno-economic analysis of new sustainable biomanufacturing processes

Working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary scientists, as a central part of a high quality national interdisciplinary research Centre, these senior research positions will provide successful candidates with an exciting opportunity to further develop and apply their research skills to the sustainable biomanufacture of chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals and biofuels. Appointed at this senior research grade, the expectation is that the post holders will have the required broad vision and experience to establish and drive forward the science portfolio working collaboratively with academic and industrial partners across multiple projects.

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:

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


Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Prof. Nigel Scrutton, Director of the FBRH



Dr. Rosalind Le Feuvre, Director of FBRH Operations


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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