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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology wishes to appoint a Research Assistant to work with Dr Jenny Molloy, Shuttleworth Research Fellow. This role is part of a project funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation to create an enzyme manufacturing toolkit for deployment in resource-constrained labs in developing and emerging economies. The aim is to develop low-cost protocols for expressing essential enzymes in molecular biology, such as DNA polymerases, ligases, reverse transcriptases.

The role will provide support to the project's postdoctoral research associate to assemble DNA parts encoding enzymes and regulatory elements for enzyme expression using synthetic biology approaches. The role-holder will characterise expression in Eschericia coli cells and cell-free extract using a variety of assays including SDS-PAGE and enzyme activity tests. They will also test a novel 3D-printed platform for enzyme purification. Resulting protocols will be transferred to partners in Ghana and Cameroon and the role-holder will support and advise those partners on lab techniques.

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 months in the first instance.

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

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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For more information about this position please email Dr Jenny Molloy -

Please quote reference NQ21682 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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