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Research Fellow in Vaccine Bioprocessing/ Scale-down Ref:1765988

  • Grade: 7
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary: (inclusive of London allowance: £35,328 - £42,701 per annum
  • Closing Date: 27 Nov 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is a key part of The Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub (Vax-Hub), led by UCL Biochemical Engineering and The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford with a number of academic and industrial partners. The Hub’s vision is to make the UK the global centre for integrated discovery through to bioprocess manufacture of next generation vaccines. Manufacturing vaccines today is inefficient due to use of serial batch operations in large complex facilities that require highly trained operators and extensive quality testing throughout production. Fixed costs associated with manufacturing can reach 90% of total vaccine costs. Innovation is essential to overcome these persistent challenges in order to reach more people with vaccines, particularly children and those in low and middle income countries (LMICs). 

The position, based in Biochemical Engineering at UCL, will address the development of robust technologies for conjugate vaccine manufacturing. The project focuses on understanding the engineering fundamentals underpinning such manufacturing processes to develop a whole process microscale platform for early acquisition of process development data, as well as scaling correlations for targeted process steps. The researcher will be based at UCL and will join a team of 4 UCL-based Research Fellow working as part of the VaxHub, as well as a number of academic and industrial collaborators. The department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL has excellent research facilities including a new bioprocessing suite of vaccines-dedicated laboratories and a full-scale £25m bioprocessing pilot plant. The post-holder will also benefit from expertise in mixing and experimental fluid dynamics from Dr Martina Micheletti’s group.

There will be a high degree of interaction with UCL colleagues and industrial partners so excellent team-working and communication skills will be required. The post holder will be responsible for undertaking original experimental research, reporting on project progress and the preparation and submission of research papers arising from these and related studies.

This post is funded under 31st March 2021 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in a relevant discipline (Bio/Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Mechanical Engineering or Bioengineering) and ideally possess experience in one or more of the following areas: mixing, fluid dynamics, vaccine process design, scale-up, rheology.

Further Details

A job description and person specification and application form for Research Fellow in Vaccine Bioprocessing/ Scale-down Ref:1765988 can be found here.


Research Fellow Ref:1763574

  • Grade: 7
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary: (inclusive of London allowance: £35,328 - £42,701 per annum
  • Closing Date: 22 Nov 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Biochemical Engineering is looking to appoint a Research Associate to join Saul Purton’s group, to contribute to a new research project on the genetic engineering of microalgae and pilot scale production of edible vaccines for aquaculture. This post is funded by BBSRC/NERC as part of their Aquaculture Initiative call. The post holder will be responsible for the design and carrying out of experimental work, its analysis and presentation, and manuscript preparation. The post-holder will be expected to produce independent, original contributions to the subject area.

Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (£30,922 - £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections). 

This post is available from now, with the possibility of extension.

The post is grant funded for 15 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must hold a PhD degree in the area of Molecular Biology/Genetic Engineering/Synthetic Biology or Biochemical Engineering. S/he will have demonstrable experience of successful design and undertaking of research in this field, and publication of results. S/he is expected to have experience of dealing with multiple partner organisations and stakeholders. 

A job description and person specification and application form for Research Fellow Ref:1763574 can be found here.


Senior Teaching Fellow - Digital Teaching and Learning for Online Bioprocessing Content Creation Ref:1762783 

  • Grade: 8
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £43,884 - £51,769 per annum
  • Closing Date: 24 Nov 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Biochemical Engineering at University College London (UCL), will be expanding and developing its provision of online teaching and learning content across a range of its modules. This includes extending the online platform to support the new MSc programme in Stem Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacture and Commercialisation the UCL MBI® courses. The intention is to create online teaching and learning tools for the new MSc course in addition to creating online resource template replicated for other MBI® courses, enhancing MBI® reputation as the leading training for the bioindustries. In this role you will work closely with academic staff in the development and delivery of online education. You will support the development of learning objectives, assessment methods and the delivery of teaching material, by working closely with colleagues in the Department and Digital Education Team and the UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education. UCL is one of the world’s top universities and has the highest concentration of biomedical research and teaching in Europe. The UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering coordinates the engineering inputs to the programme. The Department is a world leader in bioprocess research and education and received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2013. The Department wishes to appoint a Senior Teaching Fellow to reimagine existing educational content and developing original content for a digital space, and employing innovative teaching and learning methods to extend the global reach of the Department’s education. You will have a flexible approach and a keen eye for detail as you: 

Develop, plan and deliver teaching and learning content appropriate for a fully-online audience

Support module leaders in the further development of their courses, and the translation to a digital and blended learning environment;

Develop rigorous methods for matching assessments to learning outcomes and teaching.

This post is funded for 9 months in the first instance. 

Key Requirements

The role holder would be educated to at least Masters level in a relevant degree e.g. Biochemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Regenerative Medicine, Cell and Gene Therapy, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Physics or related disciplines. They should have a good understanding of the current developments in the field and have knowledge and proficiency in using digital systems and IT.

A job description and person specification and application form for Senior Teaching Fellow - Digital Teaching and Learning for Online Bioprocessing Content Creation Ref:1762783  can be found here.