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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher PhD Doctoral Candidates

University of Kent

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Canterbury
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: From £39,649 per annum pro rata
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 24th November 2022
Closes: 15th December 2022
Reference: NATS-190-22

Salary: £39,649 per annum pro rata

A family allowance depending on personal situation is also paid. You will be liable to pay income tax, national insurance and employee pension contributions (as appropriate) on any monies paid to you.

As part of the Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks programme “greenerRPP”, UKRI has provided funding for us to seek two highly ambitious and talented Early Stage Researchers to register for PhD studies (to be known as Doctoral Candidates, DCs) working on interdisciplinary projects in the School of Biosciences, Division of Natural Sciences, at the University of Kent.

“GreenerRPP” is a large UKRI funded programme, supporting the MSCA Doctoral Network scheme. The project aims to markedly enhance the EU and UK’s capacity for the sustainable production of secreted high-quality recombinant proteins, especially industrial enzymes and therapeutic proteins (biotherapeutics).

The School of Biosciences at the University of Kent will host two DCs within this Doctoral Network. We encourage applications from highly motivated individuals who meet the eligibility criteria, and in particular the mobility rules applying to this position.

Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the start date of the role. Candidates must not have been awarded a doctoral degree. Candidates will be registered for the degree of PhD at the University of Kent.

The two DCs will work on one of two projects; either ‘Reprogramming of lipid metabolism in CHO cells for manufacture of biopharmaceuticals’ or ‘Engineering of amino acid metabolism in CHO cells for enhanced cell line stability and recombinant protein production’.

As a Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher PhD Doctoral Candidate your duties will include:

  • To devise and undertake appropriate experiments to achieve the goals and milestones as described in the research programme of the “greenerRPP” consortium agreement
  • Be responsible for maintenance of laboratory records and inventory around the project
  • To interact with the supervisors at University of Kent and the other members of the consortium.

The successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 Hon degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • English language proficiency
  • Practical experience in biology/biochemistry/bioprocessing laboratory work
  • Working knowledge of general biochemistry/molecular biology and cell culture

The University of Kent is a distinctive and attractive place to work. We employ around 6,000 staff, including academic and research staff and a full range of support and administration staff. Our stunning main campus in Canterbury, Kent was founded in 1965 and is set among green and tranquil open space overlooking the spectacular Cathedral. Our staff enjoy competitive salaries, an occupational pension scheme, generous holiday entitlements and a great working environment.

Please see the link above to view the full job description and to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process, please contact the Human Resources team on: natshr@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: NATS-190-22.

We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area

Applications must be made via the University’s online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

The University of Kent values diversity and promotes equality at all levels.

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