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Research Associate/Fellows in the GlycoCell UKRI Engineering Biology Mission Hub (Fixed term)

Life Sciences

Location:  University Park
Salary:  £30,487 to £45,585 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33966 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Wednesday 01 May 2024
Reference:  MED2006

We are delighted to welcome applications for three Research Associates/Fellows to join us at the Nottingham Engineering Biology Labs, as core members of the new GlycoCell UKRI Engineering Biology Mission Hub!

This is an exceptional opportunity to do exciting, high-impact research as part of the UK's flagship new initiative and large investment in transformative Engineering Biology. GlycoCell is applying synthetic biology approaches with glycoscience to develop vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.

GlycoCell is a collaborative, multidisciplinary consortium spanning six UK academic institutions and three industrial partners which will interact extensively as part of the research programmes. This is an excellent career and professional network development opportunity for the successful candidates. Dr John Heap is Principal Investigator and Co-Director of GlycoCell, and the University of Nottingham is the lead Research Organisation.

About the roles

Two of the Research Associates/Fellows will work on research led by Dr John Heap and Dr Alex Faulds Pain, using Engineering Biology approaches (high-throughput design, construction, analysis and optimisation) to construct many bacterial strains safely producing glycans and glycoproteins as vaccine candidates and therapeutics.

The third Research Associate/Fellow will work on research led by Dr Ben Blount, using synthetic genomics approaches and yeast for therapeutics and diagnostics.

All three posts build on established strengths in our labs and involve collaboration with our partners in the GlycoCell consortium. The successful candidates will be part of a large team of Research Associates/Fellows, PhD students, technical specialists and academics with real capacity to deliver on ambitious objectives leading to excellent outputs and impacts, and the opportunity to support and mentor more junior researchers. We intend to develop future leaders in our field here.

About us

We are passionate about impact, so as well as doing and publishing excellent research, we often work with industry, and we undertake all steps of the innovation pipeline from ideation and invention through to commercialisation, including licensing our technologies to industry and founding startup companies to drive impact. Our research environment provides great opportunities for candidates interested in these aspects.

We are housed in the Biodiscovery Institute, the University of Nottingham’s flagship 800-researcher research complex on the leafy University Park campus. This very well-equipped and well-resourced facility is the perfect home for our research cluster.

Our Nottingham Engineering Biology Labs research cluster is a friendly, welcoming, inclusive and supportive research environment, with a great positive culture. Our members engage with furthering equality, diversity, and inclusion through our activities both within Nottingham and nationally. We are proud that both the University of Nottingham and our home School of Life Sciences hold Athena Swan Gold awards for advancing gender equality.

Employment details

The advertised posts are full-time roles, available on a fixed-term basis for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding. Arrangements for job shares may be considered.

To apply for one of the Research Associate/Fellow posts working with Dr John Heap and Dr Alex Faulds Pain to engineer bacteria for glycan/glycoconjugate production, please follow this link:

To apply for the Research Associate/Fellow post working with Dr Ben Blount to use synthetic genomics approaches and yeast for therapeutics and diagnostics, please follow this link:


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr John Heap and/or Dr Alexandra Faulds-Pain for the two posts involving engineering bacteria for glycan/glycoconjugate production, or Dr Ben Blount for the post involving Synthetic Genomics and yeast. Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

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