Research Associate in Biology
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

Life Sciences

Location:  University Park
Salary:  £30,487 to £45,585 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33966 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Friday 15 September 2023
Reference:  MED381223

Applications are invited to the above role to support a project in the Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) at the University of Nottingham funded through the UKRI-BBSRC Engineering Biology Transition Award funding scheme. The SBRC is a collaboration between the Schools of Life Sciences, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Computer Science and Social Sciences. The project aims to develop biological processes that eliminate carbon loss during biomass-based biological conversions using mono- or mixed-culture systems to make products that include alcohols and a bioplastic, without releasing CO2. This post will focus on the use of anaerobic mixed communities. The SBRC is equipped with state-of-the-art gas fermentation systems, bespoke liquid-handling robotics systems and well-appointed molecular biology laboratories. The post holder will be expected to undertake independent research as well as working as part of a team. This role requires expertise in advanced genome editing and optimisation of gene transfer in clostridia and documented skills in the use of CRISPR/Cas in more than one Clostridium spp. The candidate will be required to undertake research and day to day management of design, construct and test aspects of this research project, requiring a high degree of competence in the engineering biology and metabolic engineering research areas. 

Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent (pending or awarded) in a discipline relevant to Synthetic Biology as applied to Clostridia

Past experience in the use of anaerobes is essential.

This full-time post (36.25 hours per week) will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 30th of January 2024. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Nigel P. Minton ( Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.



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