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Job opportunity at the University of Manchester

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on the H2020-funded “SHIKIFACTORY100: Modular cell factories for the shikimate pathway” project based within the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. This project involves a total of 11 academic and industry partners from 7 different European countries. The aim of the SHIKIFACTORY100 project is the production of a universe of more than 100 high-added value compounds from the shikimate pathway, a hub in cell metabolism.

Research Associate in Synthetic Biology and Microbial Strain Engineering


You will join a team of researchers in the SHIKIFACTORY100 consortium based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, working alongside another metabolic engineering scientist. As a strain engineering scientist, you will be responsible for rapid prototyping of production using manual and robotic DNA assembly, microbe transformation, and genome editing in Escherichia coli; phenotyping and screening of the created strains using high-throughput UPLC/HPLC/LC-MS/MS platforms and strain optimisation. As part of this, there will be on-going development of strategies. This project will be supervised by Prof. Rainer Breitling and Dr Pablo Carbonell.

You will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Biochemistry / Bioengineering / Chemical Engineering / Synthetic Biology (or a related subject area), and have technical skills in several of the following areas: advanced genetic engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering.

The post will be available from as soon as possible for 24 months and is suitable for those wishing to work either full time or part-time. There will also be a possibility to extend the position for another 2 years until the end of 2023.

For more info about this job opportunity, please visit: https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=17422

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