Faculty of Science
Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI) / School of Biological Sciences
Specialist Technician (Research)
(Enzyme Deployment / Enzyme Discovery)
Employment type: Fixed term for up to 5 years (31 July 2024)
Employment basis: Full time
Salary: £27,025 to £29,515 per annum
Date published: 16 May 2019
Closing date: 30 May 2019
Interview Dates: 17th & 18th June 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 Specialist Technician (Research) with experience and in-depth knowledge of biological sciences within a laboratory environment; relevant CAT 2 laboratory experience and experience of extraction and handling of nucleic acids and 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.
As a senior member of the technical team, the successful Specialist Technician (Research) will support research projects within the CEI. You will provide high quality technical information in support of the research project(s) and laboratory work and be responsible for equipment and material usage and maintenance, in accordance with relevant legislation and University Policies.
As a key member of the project team, you will make a significant contribution to a broad range of technical services, including training staff and PhD students and will directly contribute to research activities. 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 Specialist Technician (Research) post offers the opportunity to work 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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