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Research Fellow (78767-1021)

University of Warwick - Department of Chemistry

Location: Coventry
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 9th November 2021
Job Ref: 1879989

Full-time, fixed-term contract for up to 12 months.
Start date: 1 February 2022 or soon thereafter.

A Research Fellow position (funded by BBSRC/FAPESP) is available for 12 months starting from 1st February 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, working in the research group of Prof T D H Bugg, in the Chemical Biology Research Cluster in the Department of Chemistry at University of Warwick.

The project will require a researcher with experience of molecular genetics (preferably in hosts other than Escherichia coli), and experience of working with enzymes, with a PhD in either biochemistry or biotechnology or chemistry or microbiology.

Under the supervision of Professor Bugg, you will carry out molecular genetics in bacterial hosts, you will carry out microbial fermentation, and you will use bio-analytical methods such as HPLC and GC-MS to monitor metabolite production. You will report regularly on progress to Prof. Bugg and attend regular meetings with project partner groups in the UK and Brazil. You must be able to work without supervision, using good laboratory practice. Applicants should have PhD in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry or Microbiology, and should have practical experience of molecular genetics and working with enzymes.

This position is funded by a research grant from the BBSRC/FAPESP Integrated Biorefinery Programme, in the research group of Professor Tim Bugg in Chemistry at the University of Warwick, as part of a consortium involving Prof. Nick Turner (University of Manchester) and Prof. Gary Lye (UCL) and Dr Fabio Squina (Univ Sorocaba, Brazil). The aim of the whole project is to develop new biotechnological methods for bioconversion of lignin by engineered micro-organisms into high-value aromatic chemicals for pharmaceutical and fragrance chemical applications.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,497). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£31,406).

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Interview Date: TBC.

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