PhD studentship – University of Manchester / Bio-Shape Ltd. / Prozomix Ltd.

Expanding the selectivity and activity of galactose oxidase towards bioactive saccharide products

Applications are now invited for this fully funded PhD project (EU/UK students only) which aims to generate a library of sugar oxidases with novel and highly specific substrate selectivity based on parent galactose oxidase enzymes. We will use a combination of homology searches of genomic databases (Prozomix Limited),directed evolution (The University of Manchester), high-throughput enzyme expression in bacterial hosts (Prozomix) and fast high-resolution analytical screening techniques (Bio-Shape Ltd and The University of Manchester) for enzyme discovery.

We welcome applications from graduates with a good UK honours undergraduate degree (1st class or a high 2i), or a first degree with an additional masters degree or international equivalent, in chemistry, biochemistry, biology or another aligned science subject. Funded places are available to UK and EU nationals resident in the UK for >3 years. Applicants should be looking for a challenging, interdisciplinary research training environment.


For further details or to apply for this role, please visit the Find A PhD website.

Closing date will be based on when a suitable candidate is found.

PhD studentship – Abertay University / Scotch Whisky Research Institute

Exploiting yeast diversity in whisky fermentations for biocatalysis of desirable flavour compounds

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) with funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) has awarded a fully-funded PhD studentship to Abertay University in collaboration with the Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI). The project involves aspects of yeast, fermentation, distilling, and sensory analytical research. The doctoral program includes a full stipend and the prospective PhD student would benefit from supervisory teams from Abertay and SWRI and access to facilities at both institutes. The two partners in this project have complementary skills: Abertay University in the sourcing of new yeast strains and evaluating fermentation performance in the laboratory; SWRI in distillation, sensory evaluation and the analysis of flavour compounds in spirit. Although based at Abertay in Dundee, the student will have the opportunity to conduct aspects of the project during an industrial placement period (minimum 3 months) at SWRI in Edinburgh.


For further details or to apply for this role, please visit here.

Closing date: 19.05.17

Senior Scientist - Biotangents

Biotangents are seeking a highly motivated and talented molecular biologist to join our team using synthetic biology to develop cost-effective and reliable veterinary diagnostics for infectious diseases in animals. This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to become part of a small team at this early stage of our company’s journey and to work on a range of R&D projects with the aim of optimising and commercialising our nucleic acid-based diagnostic technology.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years’ post-graduate experience in bioinformatics, biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics or a related discipline, excellent molecular biology skills, including in different cloning methods, DNA/RNA preparation and analysis, DNA and RNA engineering, and bioinformatic methods for nucleic acid design. Familiarity with isothermal amplification methods and an in-depth understanding of RNA biology, biosynthesis and regulation of protein expression will also be necessary. Experience in motivating and developing teams will be an advantage as the position offers the opportunity to develop the role as we work to grow our business.

About Biotangents:

Founded in Edinburgh in 2015, Biotangents have developed innovative nucleic acid-based platform technologies including Leapfrog Assembly™, Short Sequence Randomisation™ and Moduleic Sensing™. More can be learnt at www.biotangents.co.uk.


For further details or to apply for this role, please visit the Biotangents website.

Closing date: 24.05.17

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