Research Associate: Techno-Economic Analysis

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Manchester, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Dec 2019

The University of Manchester (UoM) is leading a new Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub (Future BRH, with Spokes at Imperial, UCL, Nottingham, IBioIC, CPI, and the UK Catalysis Hub at Harwell. Funded by UKRI (EPSRC and BBSRC, £10M over 7 years), the Future BRH will develop new underpinning technologies based on Industrial Biotechnology (IB) to enable efficient, sustainable and innovative bio-based manufacturing in key sectors: Pharmaceuticals; Value-added Chemicals; Engineering Materials and BioFuels. The Future BRH will connect Hub and Spoke IB strengths in interdisciplinary discovery science with industry to deliver innovative and sustainable biomanufacturing solutions that position the UK at the vanguard of economic Clean Growth and the forefront of international developments in the global bio-economy.

As a Future BRH Research Associate you will be part of an expert Future BRH research team that will provide an interdisciplinary resource supporting a mix of innovative Platform Research and Grand Challenge projects working with academic and industrial partners.  You will work closely with the Spoke institutions (particularly UCL and Nottingham).

Working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary scientists, as a central part of a high quality national interdisciplinary research Centre, this position will provide you with an exciting opportunity to further develop and apply your research skills to the sustainable biomanufacture of chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals and biofuels. Applications are sought from researchers with expertise in techno-economic analysis, including life cycle assessment of new sustainable biomanufacturing processes. In addition a background in chemical and / or microbial engineering with lab based experience is required. 

You will apply your expertise to help support the development of the research platform for “Integrated continuous processes for large scale chemicals manufacture” and deliver projects in the Grand Challenge theme “Realising the value of industrial biotechnology at scale” working with multiple academic and industrial partners of the Future BRH.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:
Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Nigel Scrutton, Director of the Future BRH


Name: Dr. Rosalind Le Feuvre, Director of Future BRH Operations

General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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