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Senior Research Fellow (Fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Life Sciences

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £40,322 per annum (pro-rata if applicable)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th March 2020
Closes: 21st April 2020
Job Ref: MED105320

Location: University Park

The Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) at the University of Nottingham is seeking an experienced clostridial, synthetic biologist to work on developing anaerobic acetogens as microbial chassis for sustainable bioproduction of chemicals, fuels and single cell protein.

The post holder will lead and deliver individual and collaborative research on anaerobic autotrophic chassis, such as Clostridium autoethanogenum. They will be responsible for generating new intellectual understanding and knowledge relating to acetogens and autotrophy. They will contribute towards the supervision of PhD students and the management where appropriate of more junior postdoctoral and technical research staff.

There will be close interaction with other members of the multidisciplinary team. The post holder will have extensive postdoctoral experience in the application of advanced genome editing techniques to anaerobes, be fully conversant in the application of DNA analysis software and be proficient in the use of CSTRs for gas fermentation.

The post will operate within a framework of Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) under the guidance of SBRC social scientists and be expected to undertake outreach activities coordinated by the SBRC Outreach Officer. The post holder will develop new concepts and ideas and will be expected, where appropriate, to develop and help win support for innovative research and/or teaching development proposals and funding bids.   

Candidates must hold A PhD in the molecular biology of a Clostridium species.

This full-time (36.25 hour), fixed-term post is available from 1st April 2020 until 31st December 2022. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Nigel Minton:
Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

The School of Life Sciences holds an Athena Silver SWAN Award, in recognition of our commitment to supporting and advancing women’s careers in the life sciences (STEMM). You can read more about this initiative at

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