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Research Associate: Responsible Research and Innovation in Synthetic Biology
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-15488

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/07/2020

Salary: £32,816 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: Alliance MBS - IMP Division

Hours Per Week: Full Time

Contract Duration: From 1 August 2020 until 14 March 2021

School / Directorate: Alliance Manchester Business School

We seek to appoint a Research Associate to work with the Responsible Research and Innovation Group (RRI Group) that is embedded with the Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SYNBIOCHEM) at The University of Manchester. You will be housed at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School, under the supervision of Professor Philip Shapira.

You will undertake research in the domain of responsible research and innovation, governance, and synthetic biology. The RRI Group is pursuing research on themes in synthetic biology that include research on scientific practices, ethics, commercialisation, automation, sustainability, regulation and policy. You will contribute to one or more of these themes. You can also put forward an additional research theme broadly within the domain of responsible research and innovation in the context of synthetic biology. You will also assist in preparing and delivering new materials for education and training for researchers and companies engaged in synthetic biology and support the RRI other activities related to RRI engagement, training, and workshops. 

This position will support a scholar who seeks to develop leading-edge research related to the governance of emerging technologies and responsible research and innovation and who is keen to engage in a multidisciplinary team environment. You will have a commitment to research and publication and also to engagement. We welcome applicants from early career researchers, visiting scholars and others for whom this full-time position is suitable. The position is open to applicants from diverse educational backgrounds, including public policy and politics, science studies, social science, management and economics, science and engineering, information technology, health and life sciences, and environmental studies. Applicants who combine disciplines, for example life sciences at the undergraduate level with social sciences at the doctoral level are encouraged to consider this opportunity. However, we will also consider candidates with other combinations of qualifications. Applicants with either qualitative or quantitative (or a mix of) methodological research skills will be considered. The PhD is expected to be completed prior to commencing employment.

The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is a world leading centre for the study of science and innovation policy and management. Our 45 members of staff and 50 doctoral students build on more than five decades of interdisciplinary science, technology and innovation studies in Manchester. Our research, teaching and engagement activities are based upon a guiding principle of excellence, both in terms of academic rigour and societal relevance. The Alliance Manchester Business School is one of the world’s leading business schools, ranked 2nd in the UK for research power. The Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SYNBIOCHEM) is focused on delivering Synthetic Biology solutions that provide innovative, fast, predictable and robust production routes for diverse fine and speciality chemicals with applications across many industrial sectors (e.g. healthcare, energy, agrichemicals, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals, novel materials and bioremediation). SYNBIOCHEM is funded by the BBSRC/EPSRC and is housed in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. The SYNBIOCHEM Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Group undertakes research and analysis and facilitates collaboration and deliberation to support the SYNBIOCHEM centre to anticipate, prepare for, or mediate impacts of synthetic biology technologies in society, economy, and the environment. The RRI Group comprises an interdisciplinary team of social scientists and economists, and is embedded in the centre and is networked nationally and internationally. The RRI Group’s research and work plan embraces real time assessment and anticipation, industrial systems analysis, ethics and deliberation, practices, collaborative development and engagement, and innovation and policy impacts. The University of Manchester enjoys a reputation for ground-breaking research and innovation. We are located in the heart of Manchester and the Oxford Road Innovation District.
In the Additional Information section of the application form, please include discussion of your capabilities, experience and interests related to responsible research and innovation, research and innovation in emerging technologies and your own proposed research theme.

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
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: Professor Philip Shapira

General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004

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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