Chancellor's Fellow - Biotechnology

Building on the outstanding successes of our previous tenure-track Chancellor’s Fellowship programmes and our world class research performance, the College of Science & Engineering is investing in a further cohort of 10 next generation research innovation leaders of the highest quality with a particular focus on:

  • Biotechnology
  • Data Driven innovation
  • Extreme Conditions
  • Energy
  • Materials and Manufacture
  • Risk and Resilience

Based in the heart of one of the world’s finest cities, these prestigious 5-year awards support early career researchers and academic innovators of the highest promise from all countries to develop their careers in a supportive, high quality environment. You will concentrate initially on world class research and innovation, with a focus on delivering high impact results. We will support you, through the course of your fellowship, to develop your contribution to education and the full spectrum of our activities, thus developing you as a fully rounded member of our academic community. It is anticipated that following a successful review the majority of Chancellors Fellows will transition to an open-ended post at an appropriate grade.

The Opportunity

This topic in its broadest sense will provide benefit to all areas of society, including health environment, agriculture and the economy.

The use of biology to design and manufacture novel products and processes is set to be the next industrial revolution. The next generation of biotechnology impact will arise out of Synthetic Biology at the interface of Biology, Engineering, Chemistry and Informatics. UoE investment in this area has grown a world class research grouping and has leveraged external funding in excess of £20M for the Edinburgh Genome Foundry and the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology.

Biotechnology research activities across all parts of the university are nucleated by SynthSys (a multi-discipline virtual Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology).

Chancellors Fellows in the ‘Biotechnology’ theme will pursue research that has a strong application focus, probably involving industrial and/or end-user partners. The fellows will be based in the College of Science and Engineering and will draw upon areas of current research excellence across Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics and Informatics, but also across to Medicine and the Roslin Institute, the Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security, to Social Sciences and the Business School.

Prospective candidates will present a vison to advance one or more of the following topics:

  • Biomanufacturing and the circular bio-economy
  • Novel approaches to anti-microbial resistance
  • Plant or animal cell technologies
  • Cell and pathway engineering
  • Cell free systems
  • Physiology of industrial microbes and strain engineering
  • Protein engineering
  • Microbial community engineering
  • Lab automation and machine science

Excellence in research and innovation will be the main selection driver so outstanding candidates in all areas of biotechnology research should apply. Candidates will have specific domain expertise, supported by a relevant track record of achievement, that will enable rapid engagement in an appropriate topic. Applications from candidates currently working in industry will be welcome.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

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