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Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub Research Fellow: Sustainable Flow Biocatalysis for Biomanufacturing
Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB)

Job reference: SAE-018802

Location: Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB)

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/06/2022

Salary: £42,149 to £51,799 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Chemistry

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: available until 30 April 2024

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

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 founded in 2019 is developing 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 is connecting 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” working with academic and industrial partners. This new position will drive the development of biomanufacturing platforms by delivering our research platform for Continuous flow and cascade biocatalysis” working with multiple academic and industrial FutureBRH partners.

Working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary scientists, as a central part of a high quality national interdisciplinary research Centre, this senior research position will provide the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to further develop and apply their research skills to the sustainable biomanufacture of chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals and biofuels. The successful candidate 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. This role will also work with Spoke partners particularly researchers at University College London. 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.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

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 Future BRH


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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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