Hutton 15-17 - Research Scientist

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Posted: 31/03/2017 14:47
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: Circa £30,750
Location: Dundee
Level: Hutton D
Deadline: 30/04/2017 23:59
Hours: 37
Benefits: Competitive
Job Type: Fixed term - 12 months

The James Hutton Institute, www.hutton.ac.uk, is looking to recruit a Research Scientist to work on a 12 month project funded by an IBioIC grant. The main purpose of the job is to develop new approaches for nanoproduct bioreactor design, scale-up and operation. This project will create enzymatic biocatalysts by integrating biological nanocages carrying multiple copies of enzyme molecules, into a stabilizing matrix. The enzymatic activities of these novel bioreactor components will be rigorously tested and optimized to facilitate upscaling.

Applicants should have a good first degree as well as a PhD in a relevant area including enzymology, industrial and/or plant biotechnology or related discipline. Candidates would be expected to have a suite of molecular biology (cDNA cloning, gene engineering, protein purification) and biotechnology/enzymology (expertise in enzyme experimental design and enzyme catalysis) skills. It would be advantageous if the candidate has experience of using biological nanoparticles and HPLC. The preferred candidate would be expected to work as part of a team and thus must have excellent communication skills and be highly motivated. It is essential that the candidate has excellent time keeping and attendance records.

This post will be based in Dundee.

More information on the detail of the post and the post holder can be found below in the job description.

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of the job is to develop new approaches for nanoproduct bioreactor design, scale-up and operation. This project will create enzymatic biocatalysts by integrating biological nanocages carrying multiple copies of enzyme molecules, into a cellulose matrix.

Main duties of post holder

  • Engineering biological nanocages carrying multiple copies of enzyme molecules
  • Development of bioreactors by incorporating of these nanocages into cellulose matrices
  • Characterization of biocatalyst kinetics and properties
  • Scale-up and optimization of bioreactor productivity

Qualifications/Skills/Knowledge

Essential

  • First degree and a PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant area including Enzymology, Industrial and/or Plant Biotechnology or related discipline.
  • The candidate must have operated successfully in a research in the areas of enzymology, molecular biology, biotechnology and gene engineering.
  • Good written skills and record keeping
  • Good verbal skills
  • The candidate should be able to work in a team/ consortium
  • cDNA cloning, gene engineering, protein purification
  • Expertise in enzyme experimental design and enzyme catalysis.
  • Evidence of innovation
  • Highly motivated, excellent attention to detail, conscientious, good time keeping and attendance

Desirable

  • Experience in/knowledge of basic aspects of  biocatalytic processes
  • Experience in/knowledge of biological nanocages
  • Gene function expertise
  • Expertise in/knowledge of biological nanoparticles and nanocages
  • Knowledge and experience in biocatalysis
  • Experience of translational science and/or experience of working in an industrial environment

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position. 



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