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Research Fellow in Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub (2 posts available): Metabolic engineering and/or sustainable process engineering for Biomanufacturing)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016795

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/06/2021

Salary: £41,526 to £51,034 per annum (depending on experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Chemistry

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: 36 months

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Project Title: Future BRH Research Fellows: Metabolic engineering and/or sustainable process engineering for Biomanufacturing (2 positions).

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 join an expert Future BRH research team (12 research fellows) that provides an interdisciplinary resource supporting a mix of innovative Platform Research and Grand Challenge projects in two complementary research themes “Automated and integrated biocatalyst engineering for biomanufacturing” and “Realising the value of industrial biotechnology at scale”.

You will support the Grand Challenge research theme of “Realising the value of industrial biotechnology at scale”, and will work across the research platforms to enable early scale-up fermentation to address bioproduction challenges. The roles will also include the development and characterisation of sustainable processes involving fermentation science. Interests in techno-economic analysis, life cycle assessment of new sustainable biomanufacturing processes, and/or downstream processing would also be an advantage.

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. You will have full access to state-of-the-art facilities for high-throughput and automated biomolecule engineering, synthetic chemistry and flow technologies and will be supported in developing applications for independent research fellowships.  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:

Blended working arrangements may be considered        

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 FBRH



Dr Rosalind Le Feuvre, Director of FBRH Operations


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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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