Research Fellow in Microbial Fermentation (EPSRC Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub)

Updated: 8 days ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Deadline: 16 Feb 2020

UCL Department / Division
Biochemical Engineering
Location of position
Full Time
(inclusive of London allowance)
£35,965 - £43,470 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities
The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have recently funded a £10M Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub, FBRH ( The Hub, led by the University of Manchester, is a national centre that brings together world-leading expertise across a range of academic and industrial partners (Spokes). The focus is on developing new underpinning technologies based on Industrial Biotechnology (IB) to enable efficient, sustainable and innovative bio-based manufacturing in three key sectors: pharmaceuticals, value-added chemicals and engineering materials.
The UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering is a key Spoke focusing on the creation and scale-up of intensified bioprocess technologies and their translation into commercial biomanufacturing processes. The department is one of the leading international centres for bioprocess research in the IB field. It has excellent research facilities including synthetic biology, automation and microfluidics laboratories as well as a full-scale £30M bioprocessing pilot plant. Two FBRH posts will be based at UCL to conduct research in partnership with the wider Hub Team.
The post is available immediately for three years in the first instance and is funded by the EPSRC
Key Requirements
UCL research will address the development and scale-up of new bioprocess technologies for intensified whole cell and enzymatic bioconversion processes.
This post will explore novel industrial host organisms for large scale, commodity chemicals production. The focus will be on creation of intensified fermentation processes (fed-batch, continuous) and their control. This work will be led by Prof. Gary Lye.
Candidates will be required to hold a PhD in a relevant discipline (Biochemical, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or the Physical Sciences) and ideally possess experience in a number of the following areas: fermentation, bioconversion, enzyme purification and immobilisation, continuous flow reactors, microfluidics, chemometrics, kinetic modelling and bioprocess scale-up. 
The post will require a high degree of interaction with project partners so excellent team-working and communication skills are required. 
The post holder will be responsible for undertaking original experimental and modelling work, reporting on project progress and the preparation and submission of research papers arising from these and related studies.
Further Details
A Job descriptions and person specifications can be accessed at the bottom of this page.
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For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Gary Lye ([email protected]
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Closing Date
16 Feb 2020
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