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Research Associate in Synthetic Biology and Microbial Strain Engineering

The University of Manchester - Science & Engineering

Location: Manchester
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th June 2019
Closes: 24th July 2019
Job Ref: S&E-014064

Job Reference: S&E-014064
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date: 24/07/2019
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type: Fixed Term
Faculty/Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division: Chemistry
Hours Per week: Full Time
Contract Duration: From as soon as possible for 24 months

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on the H2020-funded “SHIKIFACTORY100: Modular cell factories for the shikimate pathway” project based within the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. This project involves a total of 11 academic and industry partners from 7 different European countries. The aim of the SHIKIFACTORY100 project is the production of a universe of more than 100 high-added value compounds from the shikimate pathway, a hub in cell metabolism.

You will join a team of researchers in the SHIKIFACTORY100 consortium based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, working alongside another metabolic engineering scientist. As a strain engineering scientist, you will be responsible for rapid prototyping of production using manual and robotic DNA assembly, microbe transformation, and genome editing in Escherichia coli; phenotyping and screening of the created strains using high-throughput UPLC/HPLC/LC-MS/MS platforms and strain optimisation. As part of this, there will be on-going development of strategies. This project will be supervised by Prof. Rainer Breitling and Dr Pablo Carbonell.

You will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Biochemistry / Bioengineering / Chemical Engineering / Synthetic Biology (or a related subject area), and have technical skills in several of the following areas: advanced genetic engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering.

The post will be available from as soon as possible for 24 months and is suitable for those wishing to work either full time or part-time. There will also be a possibility to extend the position for another 2 years until the end of 2023.

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. Appointment will always 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 vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Rainer Breitling


Tel: 0161 306 5117


Name: Dr Pablo Carbonell


Tel: 0161 306 5131

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

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

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button above to find out more

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