Job/PhD Opportunities

Research Associate post in Enzyme Evolution – Microfluidics: This PDRA is funded by the UK Catalysis Hub – Biocatalysis and Biotransformations under the project “High-throughput selection method for extracellular biocatalysts”. The aim of the project is to develop new directed evolution methods to select for modified enzymes and bacterial cell hosts to degrade and valorization biomass. The project builds upon an existing UK-Brazilian collaboration and brings together expertise in synthetic biology and biocatalysis for high value chemicals production, directed evolution of enzymes, and use of whole cell biosensors. The project will be supervised by Dr Neil Dixon (MIB), Prof Nick Turner (MIB), and Prof Gideon Grogan (York)The role involves the use and application microfluidic droplet encapsulation, and whole cell (fluorescent) biosensor technology. You will join a team of researchers based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, with access to the Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM).

(Senior) Experimental Officer for Mass Spectrometry Data Analysis (SYNBIOCHEM) – Short term appointment (open call) : The SYNBIOCHEM Centre wishes to recruit a senior technology specialist to provide expertise in untargeted metabolomics, targeted data analysis and related areas of computational biology to support the delivery of the multidisciplinary discovery and implementation pipeline. We require an ambitious and driven scientist to build and run a world-leading integrative data analysis platform, using untargeted metabolomics profiling and targeted analytics to guide the cutting-edge engineering of microbial cell factories for high-value chemical production. For more information please contact Ros Le Feuvre in the first instance (

Independent Research Fellows: If you are an independent Research Fellow with your own funding or are currently applying for a research fellowship and would be interested in working with the Centre please contact Ros Le Feuvre (

NEW PhD studentships available for Sept 2018 start: Additional studentships for Sept 2018 may become available and will be advertised here asap. Please also check the Central University website for all applications for current PhD opportunities.