University of Portsmouth

Senior Research Fellow

University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Faculty of Science

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

Senior Research Fellow

(Enzyme Production / Enzyme Engineering)

Employment type: Fixed term for up to 5 years (31 July 2024)

Employment basis: Full time

Salary: £39,609 – £48,677 per annum

Date published: 16 May 2019

Closing date: 13 June 2019

Interview dates: 9th July, 15th July & 19 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 postdoctoral scientist with experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, or biophysics; research experience of working on non-coding RNAs, aptamers or other molecular switches to control gene expression; and practical knowledge of cloning, expressing and purifying RNA and/or protein/associated 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 Fellow will be at the cutting edge of our research and innovation programme and is expected to develop into a successful independent researcher, leading and growing your own groups though the support and mentorship provided by the CEI. The expectation is that you will successfully design, manage and deliver research projects on behalf of the research leader, with a trajectory to develop your own ideas and research projects. You will liaise and network with local, national and international collaborators, and other relevant professionals. You will design and manage collaborative experimental research sub-projects and generate high-quality data, including detailed analysis and interpretation, lead and contribute to writing high-quality joint papers for research journals and material for publications and lead and contribute to grant writing with UKRI, industrial and US funding bodies. As a senior core member of the team, you will be expected to contribute to the growing research culture within the CEI, and more broadly across the School of Biological Sciences.

The Senior Research Fellow position offers the opportunity to lead in 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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