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Research Associate (Fixed-term for 12 months)


Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience.  With a turnover in excess of £170 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research.  Further information can be found at http://www.keele.ac.uk.

This post represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join a team of staff in Keele University’s Faculty of Natural Sciences.  The faculty is responsible for the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

A postdoctoral research associate position is available within the groups of Dr Sebastian C. Cosgrove & Prof. Gavin J. Miller, to carry out research on a project funded by the EPSRC UK Catalysis Hub.

This innovative project is in the area of biocatalysis, and the research will involve contributing to the development of novel oxidase enzymes for application towards long-chain alcohol oxidation.

Applicants must have a PhD (or have submitted a thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in organic synthesis, chemical biology or biochemistry. Experience in enzyme engineering and bioprocess optimisation is highly desirable. Applicants will have excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently, and have an organised approach to the management of their research.

The project is a collaboration with Prof. Nicholas J. Turner’s group at the University of Manchester, and industrial sponsors Croda. The post is available for 12 months and the successful candidate will benefit from training across all partners in the project, including research visits & joint meetings. The role will also involve supervision of PhD and Masters-level students. 

Due to funding restrictions, the candidate must be in post no later than 1st November 2022.

To discuss further details of the post, please contact Sebastian C. Cosgrove ([email protected]) or Gavin J. Miller ([email protected]).

Keele University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter, and values equality and diversity across our workforce.  We strive to ensure that our workforce is representative of broader society, and therefore, we would actively welcome applications from women for this role.  

The University is committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible.

Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.

Please note this appointment is subject to medical clearance by the University’s Occupational Health provider.

For full post details and to find out more about working at Keele please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies

Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self Service and click on the ‘View current vacancies’ link.

Closing date for applications: 26 June 2022

Interviews will be held in July 2022

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