University of Portsmouth

Senior Research Fellow (Surface Analysis)

University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Faculty of Science and Health
School for Biological Sciences – Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI)

Senior Research Fellow (Surface Analysis)

Employment type: Fixed-term (31 July 2024)
Employment basis: Full-time
Salary: £40,322 – £49,553 per annum
Post number: ZZ005306
Date published: 16 December 2019
Closing date: 19 January 2020
Interview date: 14 February 2020

The University of Portsmouth is a dynamic and ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, it is also ranked 21st in the 2020 Guardian League Table University Guide, and 113th in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.
With the recent award of £5.8 million from Research England, the CEI creates a flagship research hub focused on delivering transformative enzyme-enabled solutions for circular recycling of plastics. The unique approach of the CEI pipeline is to 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 Deploy these enzymes through industrial-scale production and processing. The website address is:

A key strength of the CEI is it’s interdisciplinarity; drawing together teams with diverse skill sets spanning bioinformatics, micro and molecular biology, structural and synthetic biology, molecular physics, chemistry, computing and bioprocessing, to focus on a common goal. However, expertise in surface analysis methods for assessing enzymatic degradation of solid substrates is lacking and this Senior Research Fellow opportunity is available to fill this gap.
Based within the Engineer – Enzyme Production group, the work will involve developing novel surface-based approaches to detecting enzymatic degradation of plastic surfaces. This could include microscopic or spectroscopic analysis, or alternative techniques to analyse surface breakdown at high resolution. For example, techniques such as atomic force microscopy (AFM) and/or other scanning microscopy methods could be appropriate.

Candidates should have a PhD, or equivalent experience, in the analysis of solid surfaces. A drive to succeed, strong communication and organisational skills and experience working as part of a team would be valuable within this position. The post provides an excellent opportunity for personal and career development.
Informal enquiries are actively encouraged and can be made to Prof. A. Callaghan (02392 842055), or by email, or Prof. J. McGeehan, email
Tags/Keywords: Surface analysis, solid substrates, polymers, microscopic or spectroscopic analysis
Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.
As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.

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