Research Associate (PDRA) in Synthetic Biology working on microbial strain engineering with the SYNBIOCHEM Centre

Job Reference : S&E-13794
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 23/04/2019
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum according to experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : From as soon as possible until 31 March 2020

We are seeking a skilled researcher with a PhD and postdoctoral experience (or equivalent) to work effectively across the SYNBIOCHEM platforms and the Centre’s multiple science programmes on microbial strain engineering.

This position provides an opportunity to join the University of Manchester’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre SYNBIOCHEM: a Centre of Excellence for the Synthetic Biology of fine and speciality chemicals production that is harnessing synthetic biology approaches for next generation biotechnology. SYNBIOCHEM is generating state-of-the-art tools and expertise to drive academic discovery and translate new knowledge and processes towards industrial exploitation. The Centre is located in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, a unique cross-disciplinary research centre at the University of Manchester, bringing together more than 450 researchers with expertise in the foundational sciences supporting Synthetic Biology, including molecular biology, chemistry, engineering, materials science, computer science and medicine. As part of the MIB the Centre builds on a long and distinguished track record in translating basic scientific discovery into industrial applications, through licensing, spin off formation and other related activities that drive the exploitation of MIB’s science and technology programmes.

SYNBIOCHEM has recruited a team of dedicated senior technology specialists to develop and implement the Centre’s Design/Build/Test (D/B/T) technology platforms, essential for the delivery of the multidisciplinary discovery and implementation pipeline. Following the establishment of this pipeline this PDRA position will provide the opportunity to join the Centre in its final year of core funding to help drive forward the multiple science programmes and the sustainable future of the Centre. We are seeking to recruit a skilled researcher with expertise to work alongside the core technical research team with a focus on microbial chassis engineering. A strong ethos for team-based working will be essential for working on the integrated science programmes across the SYNBIOCHEM technology platforms.

For more information on SYNBIOCHEM see the website:

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 the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof. Nigel Scrutton, Director of the MIB and SYNBIOCHEM



Dr. Rosalind Le Feuvre, Director of Operations SYNBIOCHEM


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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This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.