Job reference: SAE-015647

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/09/2020

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Chemistry

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Starting as soon as possible for 18 months, with a possible funding extension up to 30-months in total

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on the BBSRC-FAPESP funded “Lignin valorization in cellulosic ethanol plants: biocatalytic conversion via ferulic acid to high value chemicals” project.  This project involves a total of nine academic and industry partners split between the UK and Brazil. The aim of the project is to generate new methods for lignin valorisation via intermediate chemical building blocks to generate high value chemicals such a flavors, fragrances and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The project builds upon an existing UK-Brazilian collaboration and brings together expertise in synthetic biology and biocatalysis for high value chemicals production (Manchester, UCL), biocatalytic lignin valorisation (Warwick), cellulosic ethanol production and metagenomic DNA sequencing (CTBE, Brazil).

You will have skills in synthetic and/or molecular biology allied to strong interests in biocatalysis, metabolic engineering, optimisation of pathways and hosts of relevance to biotechnology. You will join a team of researchers in the consortium, in particular with another PDRA (alongside Prof Nick Turner) with access to the Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SynBioChem). The project will be working to exploit whole-cell biosensors to evolve enzymes and bacterial cell hosts to produce high-value chemicals from lignin derived from sugarcane and wheat biomass. A strong commitment to team-based work is required with strong background in synthetic biology, molecular biology and development and application of directed evolution methods. This project will be supervised by Dr Neil Dixon.

You will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Biochemical Engineering/Chemical Biology (or a related subject area), and have technical skills in synthetic and/or molecular biology, directed evolution methods, gene expression control applied to biotechnology.

The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and the Department of Chemistry are strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The Department 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 to achieve a good work-life balance.  We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit:
We positively welcome applications from women, who are currently under-represented at this grade.  Appointment will be made on merit.

The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please visit the University of Manchester's job portal page for more information and to apply.