Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Metabolic Engineering

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 8 August 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period Until 30 September 2021
Salary £30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by 08/08/2020

Role Description

We are seeking an independent researcher to join us to work on an exciting project which is a part of UK-India grant on Industrial Waste Challenge.

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here. Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

The Centre for Climate and Environmental works towards finding solutions to overcome the challenges in managing biomass and waste as valuable resources leading to affordable and sustainable production of valuable products. It has an internationally recognized profile for its research and teaching in biomass & waste, renewable energy, biofuels, waste management and resource efficiency. You will hugely benefit from its world class staff with a wealth of internationally recognized experience and facilities.

The project will be leveraging on state-of-the-art systematic metabolic engineering and industrial synthetic biology methodologies to design a robust microbial cell factory for prolonged continuous fermentation for accumulation of high value chemicals using biomass hydrolysate as fermentation medium. The overall objective would be to design a sustainable and cost effective bioprocess for metabolite production. In addition, you will assist in proposal writing and supervision of PhD and Master Students.

This is a multi-disciplinary project and the work will involve fermentation based biomanufacturing of chemical building block from waste streams from sugarcane industries.

You should have a PhD (or near completion) in Biological Sciences (Microbiology/Biotechnology/Biochemical Engineering or related discipline) with strong expertise in Metabolic Engineering as evidenced by high quality publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

You should have detailed knowledge in microbial biochemistry, genetics, metabolism, physiology, molecular Biology and analytical techniques. You will have strong skills in bacterial and/or yeast genetics and synthetic and/or molecular biology allied to strong interests in genome editing and metabolic engineering aligned with industrial biotechnology milieu. Being an UK-India project, the candidate will have opportunity to visit India to attend annual meetings and/or for conducting research as a visiting fellow.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Vinod Kumar, Lecturer in Bioenergy/ Biomass Systems, on (T); +44 (0)1234 754786 or (E);

Interviews to be held: 24 August 2020.