RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) is a dynamic, world-renowned interdisciplinary biotechnology research centre with a focus on engineering biology for a healthy and sustainable future. Embracing fundamental and applied research, we have wide-reaching themes in Chemicals and Materials, Food, Energy and Environment and Medicine and Health.

We are continually enriching our vibrant research community by bringing in outstanding researchers at all levels, but especially early career researchers, who are pushing the boundaries of biotechnology research and the interfaces with discovery and translation. We are particularly looking for individuals who either hold, or intend to apply for, independent research fellowships such as UKRI, Royal Society, Wellcome Trust or ERC Fellowships. For researchers applying for fellowships, we provide substantial mentoring support for preparing applications and the University provides very competitive support packages; this has led to a high rate of success. University of Manchester Fellowships providing bridging funding may also be available while external fellowship proposals are prepared. Fellows will become embedded in our outstanding MIB research community, have access to the extensive facilities in the MIB and a flexible set of university training courses, and will be provided with expert mentors as well as peer-support from other Fellows. This will optimise the Fellows’ interdisciplinary skills in order to enhance all aspects of their academic career and progress.

We welcome expression of interest in all areas of science, technology and engineering that break new ground or complement or extend current MIB activities, and we are particularly looking to enhance our activity in:

  • data-driven science, including AI, bioinformatics and machine learning for computational biology
  • robotic laboratory systems
  • engineering for engineering biology; translating and scaling up discovery science.

Applications will be reviewed for their strategic fit with the MIB and the wider University of Manchester strategic priorities. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a seminar at a Fellows Symposium (virtual or face-to-face as appropriate), which will be held on the 10th January 2024. There will also be an opportunity to engage with current MIB PIs and Department representatives to discuss your research ideas and plans for the future.

If you are interested in applying for a research fellowship to work in the MIB, please email a two-page research proposal, a copy of your CV and 3 contacts for references, to by 6th December 2023. Informal enquiries are welcome and should also be directed to the same address and to Prof. Andrew Pitt (

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. The University of Manchester is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, gender identity, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, age, or nationality. Blended working arrangements may be considered.

 Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries or accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.