Vacancies

Male biochemical engineer in lab

We're pleased to announce two vacant positions:

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Synthetic Biology ref:1558970 

  • Grade: 8
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £41,844 - £58,337 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities

The Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering (ACBE) represents one of the largest bioprocessing groups in the world, with state-of-the-art fermentation and downstream processing facilities, supporting departmental research on chemicals and pharmaceuticals, complex biopharmaceuticals such as therapeutic proteins, vaccines and cell engineering to enhance production and downstream processing. 

The Centre seeks to appoint a talented scientist or engineer in the area of Synthetic Biology to develop a deeper understanding of biological systems and their design to enhance bioprocess performance or to facilitate the synthesis of novel products. The successful candidate will complement existing strengths by brining expertise in areas such as ‘omics’ technologies, metagenomics, advanced protein/ pathway/ cell engineering or the rational/ quantitative design and optimisation of biological systems. Targets include the microbial and enzymatic synthesis of selective small molecule medicines and chiral pharmaceutical intermediates as well as complex biopharmaceuticals including proteins and gene therapies. 

The successful candidate will be required to carry out research, teaching, enabling and knowledge transfer activities within the Department of Biochemical Engineering, responsibilities which are described fully in the job description.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject including but not limited to biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, chemistry or biochemical engineering. They will have proven communication skills and an increasing track record in high quality publications and conference publications. A proven record of conducting high quality research (related to the genetic modification of metabolic pathways and enzymes in either microbial or mammalian systems) is essential as is the ability to work collaboratively and to share in organising and managing complex programmes. A commitment to high quality academic research and teaching and continuous professional development is also essential. 

To be considered for appointment at Senior Lecturer level, candidates will show evidence of successfully competing for research grant funding and PhD supervision, together with a level of publications output compatible with the next REF exercise.

Further Details

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Bioprocessing of Regenerative, Cellular and Gene Therapies ref:1559056 

  • Grade: 8
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £41,844 - £58,337 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities

The Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering (ACBE) represents one of the major bioprocessing groups in the world, where high-impact research activity is undertaken with a strong industry focus, linking advanced bioscience to an understanding of whole bioprocesses by which discoveries are translated into healthcare outcomes. The Centre has superb facilities for regenerative medicine bioprocess research, embracing the disciplines of cell and molecular biology,engineering and surgery. To achieve the desired outcomes we collaborate with the best scientists and clinicians in the field. 


The Centre seeks a new member of staff to strengthen its position in the field of bioprocessing for regenerative, cellular and gene therapies. The Centre’s research portfolio spans synthetic biology, industrial biotechnology, macromolecular therapies, regenerative medicines bioprocessing, computational tools for bioprocessing modelling and decision making and the design and use of microfluidic devices. Depending on background, the successful candidate would contribute to building the biology-bioprocess interface by exploring the stem cells used, the biomaterials on which they are cultured or defining the bioprocesses needed in order to scale up the manufacturing processes. 


The successful candidate will be required to carry out research, teaching, enabling and knowledge transfer activities within the Department of Biochemical Engineering, responsibilities which are described fully in the job description.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline and may also have relevant industrial experience. They will have proven communication skills and an increasing track record in high quality publications and conference publications. A proven record of conducting high quality research (with human or mammalian stem cells, for example involving their culture, characterisation, and response to environmental conditions) is essential as is the ability to work collaboratively and to share in organising and managing complex programmes. A commitment to high quality academic research and teaching and continuous professional development is also essential. 


To be considered for appointment at Senior Lecturer level, candidates will show evidence of successfully competing for research grant funding and PhD supervision, together with a level of publication output compatible with the next REF exercise.

Further Details

Our department is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and success in addressing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Staff. 

Page last modified on 17 jun 16 10:42