CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Metabolic Engineering

Location
Cranfield, United Kingdom
Salary
£30,000 per annum or £32,656 per annum
Posted
18 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2018
Ref
2859
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

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. 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. 

Organisation Cranfield University
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
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period until 31 August 2021
Salary Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) £30,000 per annum or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) £32,656 per annum
Apply by 18/11/2018

Role Description

Here at Cranfield, we can offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career. 

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.

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.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission within Water, Energy and Power, and Environment and Agrifood.  The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.

The Centre for Bioenergy and Resource Management 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.

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.

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

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. 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.

Interviews to be held: 29 November 2018