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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

A position is open for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate to work on process chromatography at the University of Cambridge, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. The project is sponsored by INVISTA's Biotechnology group based at Wilton, UK ( and the principal investigators are Prof. J. S. Dennis and Prof. N. K. H. Slater.

The research will focus on the evaluation at both pilot scale and bench scale of continuous ion exchange chromatography to remove particular products from process streams derived from a fermentation. Three important requirements for the successful candidate will be the ability (i) to configure, assemble, HAZOP and run a small, pilot-scale unit, (ii) to conduct carefully a range of experimental evaluations, underpinned by small-scale experiments in the laboratory, and (iii) to model ab initio, using for example MATLAB and Simulink, the functioning of the apparatus, embracing all relevant scales of the chromatographic operation.

Significant knowledge of chemical engineering, modelling, mass transfer and kinetics is essential. For appointment to Research Associate, applicants must have a PhD in a relevant area. Previous experience with chromatography would be an advantage, but not essential. The post-holder will be responsible for the initial construction of all apparatus and for the development of the relevant models.

The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills is required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include detailed liaison with our industrial partner, developing and shaping the research as results emerge, spending time at the company's premises to liaise with company researchers and conducting regular briefing sessions, as required. The ability to write up work carefully for presentation and publication is very important. The successful applicant will be supported strongly by both the industrial and academic partners in order to achieve effective outcomes.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance. Subject to business needs, INVISTA (in its sole discretion) may consider the Postdoctoral Research Associate/Assistant for employment at the end of this project.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

This is a re-advertising of this post: previous applicants are requested not to re-apply.

For further information contact Prof John Dennis (

Deadline for applications Monday 8th May 2017

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Applicants should provide a CV, including contact details of three referees and a covering letter describing their suitability for the role.

Please quote reference NQ11111 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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