Research Associate, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Coventry, United Kingdom
£32,243 - £40,802 per annum
06 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 23/11/2018
Faculty / School or Service Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Salary £32,243 - £40,802 per annum
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Job category/type Research

Job description

Research within the Centre for Sports, Exercise & Life Sciences (CSELS) reflects a broad range of sport, exercise and biological associated sciences to understand life from the level of molecules through to the whole body. The Centre has considerable expertise, ranging from microbiology, cell biology, genomic and molecular biology, biochemistry, nutrition and food science, safety pharmacology, physiology, physical activity and sport performance.

As part of our research strategy, the Centre is looking to appoint a highly motivated post-doctoral Research Associate who will develop applications in the area of microbiology, specifically relating to the extraction of metals/chemicals from waste. In particular, the implementation of bio-leaching technology to the recycling of precious metal from waste, including from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

This high profile project will provide the Research Associate with the opportunity to work with experts in microbiology and electro chemistry, but also the opportunity to apply technological expertise to an applied setting. The highly innovative aspects of the project will suit an applicant who wants to become a future leader in the bio-technology sector. They will work under the supervision of two university academics aspart of a team of researchers working in this area of research.

The candidate will have A PhD in an appropriate Life Science discipline, including bio-leaching, bio-hydrometallurgy, biotechnology, applied microbiology or related field. Extensive experience in bio-leaching and /or application to microbial community for the extraction of metals/chemical from waste, including the use of bioreactors is essential. Experience of working in industry (commercial contracts; contract research; consultancy) would be an advantage. Basic knowledge of metal extraction/recovery techniques and knowledge of analytical chemistry techniques would also be beneficial.

The successful candidate will have advanced knowledge of research methods and techniques used in the application to microbial community for the extraction of metals/chemical from waste. Other appreciated requirement include good project management skills, good practical laboratory knowledge and skills, record keeping and IT skills, organisational skills, and the ability to formally communicate knowledge and findings to academic, industry peers and colleagues.

This role provides a unique opportunity to join one of the UK's most forward thinking and successful modern Universities at a time of rapid expansion in our research capacity. The position is for three years, in the first instance, and will be based in our new purpose-built research laboratories on the Coventry city campus.

To find out more about our work and to tell us more about how you can contribute, visit our website. For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dr Sebastien Farnaud Project Lead or Professor Derek Renshaw Centre Research Director.

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