RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/FELLOW (FIXED TERM), BIOME BIOPLASTICS

Biome Bioplastics is looking for a Research Associate/ Fellow to work on a collaborative project with the University of Nottingham.

The issues of greenhouse gas emissions and plastics pollution are global. Many of the advanced economies (e.g. USA, Germany, Italy, and Thailand) have active programmes to encourage the development of and markets for bioplastics, generating a significant global demand. The existing market for bioplastics is constrained by the functional capability and by the production costs of the current generation of materials. Therefore, there is a pressing need to harness industrial biotechnology to commercialise novel highly functional hetero-aromatic co-polyesters that are both biodegradable and derived from renewable feedstocks. This project is a collaboration between Biome Plastics and the University of Nottingham and will utilise a robust, metabolically diverse organism (Cupriavidus sp.), in a contained environment, to produce target bioplastic monomers at pilot-scale. You will utilise advanced synthetic biology techniques, metabolic engineering and state-of-the-art processing to produce highly biodegradable, compostable and recyclable bioplastic polymers suitable for flexible packaging applications.

This project builds on previous work by the partners and has the potential to significantly contribute to the UK's scientific and commercial position in the field of advanced bio-based and compostable packaging material development, allowing the UK to reach its 25-year environmental target.

The role holder will have the opportunity to work with Biome Plastics and use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio.

This is a full time, fixed term post for a period of 24 months. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Samantha.bryan@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Reference: ENG032519
Closing Date: Monday, 11th March 2019
Job Type: Research
Department: Engineering
Salary: £27025 to £39609 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30395 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance