Research Associate - Metabolic Engineering: UK

The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a Research Associate/Fellow position in the field of Sustainable Upstream Processing interfacing with Metabolic Engineering.

Working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary scientists and engineering to develop sustainable manufacturing processes for aromatics, aldehydes and terpenoids; the role entails the development and characterisation of continuous upstream processes such as fermentation at large laboratory scale. Furthermore, the role will encompass integrated process development with metabolic engineering. The primary aim of the position is to maximise the productivity and yield of products in a techno-economically feasible framework. You will work closely with metabolic and downstream processing engineers, contributing in a multi-disciplinary environment towards integrated, continuous sustainable manufacturing processes.

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 chemical engineering being particularly desirable. Experience developing upstream processing unit operations such as fermentation is essential for the position. Specific experience with industrial biotechnology is advantageous. Excellent communication skills are essential.

This full-time position will be offered on 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. The position is available to immediately and job share arrangements may be considered.

Please refer to the Role Profile Form for a complete description of the requirements of the position and list of essential and desired attributes of candidates.

Informal enquiries may be sent to Professor Alex Conradie ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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