Research Associate (Application of mass spectrometry tools in monitoring Polymeric N-Acetyl Glucosamine (PNAG) levels during animal feed and biopharmaceutical production)

Closing Date : 26/11/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 01 February 2018 for 4.5 months
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Chemistry
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Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum depending on experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10913

A Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and ambitious Biological or Analytical Chemist to join a multidisciplinary project, Application of mass spectrometry tools in monitoring Polymeric N-Acetyl Glucosamine (PNAG) levels during animal feed and biopharmaceutical production (grant agreement IBCarb-PoC-0617-055). The project is awarded by IBCarb Network in Industrial Biotechnology administered by the BBSRC. The project is in collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company (Elanco at Speke Operations, Liverpool) focussed on developing a chromatography and mass spectrometry-based tool that can measure and quantify the amount of PNAG that the Elanco microbial host produces at various points during the fermentation process. This will inform the process production team on optimum strategy to minimise PNAG production and improve overall process yields and purity of biopharmaceutical products and animal feeds.

You should have a PhD or equivalent in Biological or Analytical Chemistry with a proven track record in molecular biology, carbohydrate chemistry, chromatography and mass spectrometry. Expertise in HPLC/UPLC-MS and use of software packages for data interpretation is essential. You should be capable of working under your own initiative but also collaborating with research partners in Elanco so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required. A short project secondment (approximately 2 weeks) at Elanco is required to obtain the production samples for the project.

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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