Research Associate / Fellow in Industrial Biotechnology, University of Nottingham, UK

University of Nottingham
Research Associate/Fellow
Study in:UK
Deadline: 13 December 2017

Research Associate/Fellow in Industrial Biotechnology (fixed term)

Closing Date
Wednesday, 13th December 2017
Job Type
Life Sciences
£26495 to £29799 per annum, depending on skills and experience (£29799 with relevant PhD).

The recent COP21 Paris agreement has highlighted the need to reduce CO2 emissions. The ENGICOIN European consortium comprises 12 academic and industrial partners from across Europe (Italy, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain and the UK) and aims to devise microbial-based processes that will consume the CO2 released by the anaerobic digestion of biomass waste.  The Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) at the University of Nottingham is seeking creative and motivated metabolic engineering scientist and/or synthetic biologist to work on developing gas-fermenting microbial chassis to meet ENGICOINs aims.  The two microbial-based processes to be developed at the SBRC are:-

  1. The production of biodegradable plastics using  Ralstonia eutropha, and;
  2. The production of industrial solvents using the acetogen Acetobacterium woodii.

We have two post-doctoral positions available to work on this exciting sustainability project. The ideal candidates will have experience of microbiology and the application of advanced genome engineering techniques in the metabolic engineering of microbial chassis.

SBRC-Nottingham, established by BBSRC/EPSRC with more than £14 million funding, is working at the frontiers of UK academic and industrial research with the aim of accelerating the application of Engineering and Synthetic Biology technologies to directly capture carbon.  They are exploiting the ability of autotrophic bacteria to fix C1-gases (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or methane) and convert them into platform chemicals such as hydrocarbons (e.g. ethylene and isoprene), carboxylic acids (e.g. 3-hydroxypropionic acid) and others.   The Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including laboratory suites dedicated to multiplexed gas fermentation, high-throughput robotics and analytics (HPLC, GC, GC-MS, LC-MS-MS) and extensive anaerobic workstations. It’s unique, interdisciplinary research environment provides the opportunity to work and collaborate with researchers who have expertise in sciences supporting Synthetic Biology, including molecular biology and microbiology, chemistry and engineering, computer science and systems biology.

Candidates should hold a PhD (pending or awarded) in a discipline relevant to microbial strain engineering or synthetic biology. Past experience in metabolic engineering or/and synthetic biology of microbial species is essential. Knowledge of advanced genome editing, high-throughput -omics techniques and/or metabolic pathway analysis are desirable.

These full-time fixed-term posts must start by 1st January 2018 and are available to 31 December 2019. These post are open to a job share.

The School of Life Sciences holds an Athena Silver SWAN Award, in recognition of our commitment to supporting and advancing women’s careers in the life sciences (STEMM). You can read more about this initiative at

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Nigel P Minton. Email Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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