Research Associate

Job title Research Associate

Department Chemical Engineering

Salary Starting from £32,548, rising to £38,833

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Monday 16 April 2018

Closing date Wednesday 16 May 2018

Interview date Wednesday 06 June 2018

Reference CT5772

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We are looking for a Research Associate  to be part of the Mp2 IB Catalyst project. The project is a large academic and industrial partnership aimed at producing a palm oil substitute from a yeast cultured on lignocellulosic residue. Previous work in the consortia has demonstrated that the yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima can be cultured inexpensively under non-sterile conditions, producing a range of products including a palm oil substitute and protein substitute. We have further demonstrated that M pulcherrima can be cultured on lignocellulose hydrolysate produced using a novel low-energy, one-step microwave process. In the overall project the microwave processing of biomass is being developed, the directed evolution and genetic transformation of the unique strain of yeast is underway as is the full scale up of the continuous fermentation to demonstrate the process on the industrial pilot scale.

Within this team the suitable candidate will develop and assess technologies for the suitable downstream processing of the yeast biomass, including solvent-free lipid extraction and purification of the additional products. In addition to joining the Mp2 team, the successful candidate will join a vibrant research group within Chemical Engineeering. The research will be expected to help develop a truly sustainable process on the industrial scale by identifying and developing the key technologies necessary for efficient production while also contributing to the wider research community both nationally and internationally.

Applicants should hold a relevant degree and PhD, preferably in either general engineering, chemical engineering or chemistry disciplines and have experience in the biomass processing area.  

This overall project has been jointly funded by BBSRC, EPSRC and Innovate UK as part of the IB Catalyst Programme and is a collaboration between the Universities of Bath and York and industry partners Croda, C-TECH and AB Agri.

The post is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a Fixed Term Contract basis with an anticipated expiry date of 29 February 2020. 

For further information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Chris Chuck on 01225 383537 or via e-mail

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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