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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - School of Biological Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £35,333 to £42,155
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th September 2022
Closes: 26th October 2022
Job Ref: 5304
 

Closing date: 26/10/2022, 5pm

We are looking for a motivated PhD level graduate in biotechnology, molecular biology or chemistry with a strong interest in chemical biotechnology to join a growing lab at the University of Edinburgh specialising in the design and construction of new biosynthetic pathways in bacteria to valorise waste feedstocks into valuable industrial chemicals.

The Opportunity:

The successful applicant will join a growing team of researchers in the Wallace Lab (https://wallacelab.bio.ed.ac.uk) in the School of Biological Sciences and three industrial partners to investigate the design of new bacterial strains to valorise a newly-identified waste stream from the fish processing industry in Scotland into valuable industrial compounds. The project will involve a unique interaction with feedstock providers (Labeyrie Fine Foods, Impact Solutions), synthetic biologists and metabolic engineers at UoE and industrial end-users to develop a large-scale bioprocess to tackle the management of this abundant carbon waste source whilst also helping diminish the chemical industry’s reliance on fossil fuels. The project is funded by Innovate UK and will be for 18-months in duration.

The post-holder will report to Dr Stephen Wallace and all informal enquiries should be sent to stephen.wallace@ed.ac.uk.

References:

ACS. Synth. Biol. 2020, 9, 2472-2476

RSC Chem. Biol. 2021, 2, 1073-1083

Green. Chem. 2021, 23, 4665-4672

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Prior experience leading projects with industrial partners
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct, publish, and otherwise disseminate high-quality research.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Good communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and collaboratively.
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