University of Portsmouth

Senior Research Associate

University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Faculty of Science

Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI) / School of Biological Sciences

Senior Research Associate

(Enzyme Deployment / Enzyme Production / Enzyme Activity / Enzyme Discovery)

Employment type: Fixed term for up to 3 years (31 July 2022)

Employment basis: Full time

Salary: £30,395 – £34,189 per annum

Date published: 16 May 2019

Closing date: 30 May 2019

Interview Dates: 25th June, 28th June, 2nd July, 4th July 2019

The recently-established Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI) creates a flagship research hub, focused on delivering transformative enzyme-enabled solutions for some of the world’s most pressing environmental and industrial challenges, including biofuel production, plastic waste degradation and unlocking natural resources.

The CEI builds on our current research excellence and activities, and will provide increased capacity and capability around a unique and transformative research pipeline. Within this, we: Discover new enzymes from the environment that break down plastics; Engineer these enzymes and their production mechanisms to optimise their activity, stability and yield; and then Deploy them through industrial-scale production and processing.

We are seeking to recruit a talented Senior Research Associate recent or ongoing research experience in microbiology, bioprocessing, scale-up, fermentation, biochemistry, molecular biology, or biophysics; research experience working with purified enzymes and proteins; and practical knowledge of cloning, protein expression and purification, site-directed mutagenesis and related techniques to join a growing team of researchers, working together within our recently-established Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI):

The Centre focuses on the discovery, engineering and deployment of enzymes and enzymatic systems with potential application to the circular economy.

The successful Senior Research Associate will be integral to our research and innovation programmes. Working autonomously, with instruction from the research leaders, you will carry out research, analyse data, develop new evaluation methods and determine how best to apply them. Our research programmes will draw on your existing skills and experience and provide opportunities for you to develop additional skills. You will be expected to make contributions towards outputs, present findings at workshops and conferences and assist in the supervision and support of junior research colleagues and students in the group. As a core member of the team, you will contribute to the growing research and innovation culture within the CEI, and more broadly across the School of Biological Sciences.

The Senior Research Associate post offers the opportunity to contribute to the fundamental research areas that underpin the CEI pipeline, while developing specialist skills and engaging with an international network of experts.

This post is one of 13 new research and innovation positions that we are currently recruiting for as part of the CEI expansion. Details of all the vacancies can be found in the candidate packs on the Centre for Enzyme Innovation homepage:

Tags/Keywords: Microbiology, fermentation, bioprocessing, culture banking, biotechnology, plastics, lignocellulose, enzymes, Biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, RNA, gene expression, Structural biology, X-ray crystallography, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, microbiology, enzyme discovery.

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