Research Associate/Fellow in Pharmacy

University of Nottingham Department of Pharmacy

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

Closing Date
Wednesday, 10th August 2022
Job Type
£27924 to £40927 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited to support a project funded through the UKRI-BBSRC Engineering Biology Transition Award funding scheme. The work is a collaboration between the School of Life Sciences, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Chemistry and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. The project aims to develop the chemolithoautotrophic organism, Cupriavidus necator for sustainable bioproduction of chemicals and fuels. The project builds on a significant body of previous work undertaken in the Synthetic Biology Research Centre which 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. A knowledge of advanced genome editing and/or metabolic pathway analysis would be desirable. 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 have a PhD or equivalent (pending or awarded) in a discipline relevant to metabolic engineering and synthetic biology/engineering biology.

Past experience in the use of chemolithoautotrophic organisms, is essential.

The post is offered on a full time (36.25 hours per week), fixed-term contract until 30 January 2024. Job share arrangements may be considered.

We pride ourselves on the collegial and supportive culture created by our staff. We are dedicated to creating an environment which enables both our staff to thrive and achieve their potential. Our commitment to Equality and Diversity has been recognised in the awarding of an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Katalin Kovacs ( Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.

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