Research Associate/Fellow White Biotechnology [Green Chemicals Beacon] (fixed term)
University of Nottingham Department of Green Chemicals Beacon (Engineering)
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow White Biotechnology [Green Chemicals Beacon] (fixed term)





Closing Date

    Tuesday, 28th May 2019

Job Type



    Green Chemicals Beacon (Engineering)


    £27025 to £33199 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30395 with relevant PhD).


Green Chemicals Beacon of Excellence PDRA: Bioscientist in White Biotechnology


The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for two full-time Research Associate/Fellow positions in the field of metabolic engineering and molecular biology.


This White Biotechnology role will develop chasses for aromatic, aldehyde and terpenoid platform production; focusing on the implementation of attenuation strategies and novel synthetic biology tools to improve carbon flux in cyanobacteria, E. coli and Cupriavidus sp.


We are seeking two talented and highly motivated PDRA’s. You will join an exciting programme of work focused on engineering chassis to generate high value products. You will utilise advanced synthetic biology techniques and metabolic engineering to reprogram these microorganisms to transform materials at a cellular level. This is a multidisciplinary project integrating world-leading expertise in metabolic engineering, process development and sustainable chemistry. This is an exciting opportunity to shape and create a cutting-edge biotechnology platform, which will provide cost-effective and sustainable processes for the chemical industry. We also welcome applicants with industrial experience.


The role holder will have the opportunity to work with Industrial partners and use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio.


This position is supported under the Green Chemicals Beacon of Excellence, part of a landmark investment by the University of Nottingham aimed at increasing collaboration, strengthening networks and partnerships, attracting diverse funding, and raising the reputation of our world-changing research. The Green Chemicals Beacon addresses the challenge of securing the low carbon bio-economy of the future. We are spearheading the transformation of energy-intensive economies into low-carbon societies. We will pioneer in this multi-disciplinary field, integrating our world-leading expertise in metabolic engineering, process development and sustainable chemistry. Together with our extraordinary track-record of industrial collaboration, we are creating a cutting-edge sustainable processing platform that will unleash economic potential for our collaborators. Facing up to global challenges, our research will have transformational impacts on agriculture, industry and health.


You are required to have a PhD (or be about to obtain) in a relevant field, with a degree in a discipline relevant to synthetic biology being particularly desirable. Evidence of sufficient breadth or depth of microbial molecular biology research methodologies and techniques is essential. Knowledge of key concepts of such as (1) biochemical networks (biochemistry) and gene regulation, (2) genetic modification, (3) systems biology, (4) enzymology, (5) responsible research innovation (RRI) and (5) microbial fermentation are desirable. Specific experience with industrial biotechnology is advantageous. Excellent communication skills are essential.


This full-time position will be a fixed-term contract for a period of 36 months in the first instance, with the opportunity to extend this contract subject to funding availability and by mutual decision and is available to start immediately. Job share arrangements may be considered.


Informal enquiries may be sent to Dr Samantha Bryan ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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