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Research Associate in Bioprocess Control

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Salary: £45,593 – £53,630* per annum

Location: South Kensington, London

Job Summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a researcher to undertake work on the development of an online bioreactor control strategy using real-time biosensor measurements.  This builds on previous work in the group to develop whole-cell biosensors for metabolic monitoring of cultures.  The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  The project involves multidisciplinary interactions with the Rowlands group in Bioengineering, who specialise in the development of devices for optical measurements, and the Polizzi group in Chemical Engineering, who specialise in Engineering Biology.

Duties and responsibilities

Some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • Process model development (mechanistic or data-driven)
  • Analysing fluorescence data from biosensor responses
  • Benchmark biosensor data against traditional metabolite measurements (e.g. HPLC)
  • Development of feedback control strategy

Essential requirements

The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biotechnology, or a closely aligned field
  • Experience in the development of process models, mechanistic or data-driven
  • Experience in handling big datasets and applying relevant statistical methods
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary research team and with presenting research to others of different backgrounds
  • A creative approach to problem solving

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £40,694 – £43,888 per annum.

Further Information

You can start immediately and ideally no later than January 2024.  The contract will run until 31 August 2025 in the first instance, with the possibility of extension subject to research funding. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Cleo Kontoravdi ([email protected])

To apply, please visit our website or click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact [email protected].

Closing date: Midnight on 14 November 2023

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For technical issues when applying online please email [email protected]

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