Research Associate in Biocatalysis and Sustainable Manufacture University of Manchester, School of Chemistry United Kingdom

Research Associate in Biocatalysis and Sustainable Manufacture


Closing Date : 19/10/2017

Employment Type : Fixed Term

Duration : Immediate start available to 31 October 2018

Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering

School/Directorate : School of Chemistry

Division : Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

Hours Per week : Full Time

Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum

Location : Sackville Street, Manchester

Job Reference : S&E-10807


This project aims to use monooxygenase biocatalysts for the sustainable manufacture of lactone monomers and novel lactone-based polymers for healthcare applications. The project is collaboration between the University of Manchester, University College London and the University of Bristol.


The project will lead to the development of new lactone monomers and novel polymers with improved properties and novel applications, especially in the healthcare arena. Biodegradable poly-lactone materials derived from petrochemical routes are already used widely in industry (speciality polyurethanes, additives and plasticisers), dentistry (as Resilon composites in splints and fillings) and healthcare (scaffolds for tissue engineering, drug delivery, bio-adhesives and orthopaedic castings). The sustainable production of monomers for these and related polymers is likely to impact in these areas, especially in the healthcare and dentistry markets where high quality/low volume products are sought.


Access to existing and novel monomers with improved performance and functionality from sustainable feedstocks has the potential to transform polymer production for these markets by providing sustainable routes to their production and subsequent elaboration of their properties through chemical/biological diversification.


The School of Chemistry is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.


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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:


Dr Louise Barnes



General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499


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Tel: 0161 850 2004


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