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Human Microbiome Research Associate – KTP Associate
Not on campus

Job reference: KT19002

Location: Not on campus

Closing date: 21/05/2019

Job live date: 16/04/2019

Salary: £26k per annum, plus allowance depending on qualifications and experience

Employment type: KTP Associate

Department: Research and Enterprise Services

Division: Knowledge Transfer Centre

Hours per week: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Fixed Term

A leading edge development opportunity has become available to incorporate specialist gut modelling expertise into CHAIN Biotechnology’s technology platform, which delivers therapeutics directly to the gut, reducing time to market for a range of novel live biotherapeutics.  The position is an 18 month fixed term contract that will test the effects of a biotherapeutic Clostridium in gut model systems.  


About CHAIN Biotechnology:
CHAIN Biotechnology Ltd is an early stage microbiome company set out to exploit the therapeutic potential of beneficial Clostridia found in the human gut microbiome. CHAIN has developed a proprietary microbial platform for drug delivery, which builds on the company’s core skills in microbiology, metabolic engineering and fermentation of anaerobic bacteria.  Find out more by visiting: 


About KTP:

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Innovate UK.  It’s essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position.


Skill development through training:

There is a £2k p.a. dedicated training budget tailored towards your own personal development plus management skills training. 


The successful candidate must possess:

  • PhD in a relevant biological area such as microbiology or molecular biology
  • Experience of working with anaerobic microbiology
  • Knowledge of molecular techniques or metabolic biochemistry


Essential skills we require as a minimum:

  • Ability to plan and organise own workload
  • Ability and desire to work independently in the lab without supervision
  • Awareness and ability for commitment and completion
  • Aptitude and attributes to succeed in a small company environment
  • Ability to interact within an industrial environment and associated university resources
  • Conscientious, confident approach demonstrating initiative and enthusiasm
  • Draft research papers for publication

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Academic Supervisor

Contact role:

Academic Lead

Contact name:

Dr Anisha Wijeyesekera

Contact name:

Professor Glenn Gibson

Contact phone:

0118 378 6648

Contact phone:

0118 378 8715

Contact email: 

Contact email:


Closing date: 21/05/2019

Interview date: 06/06/2019


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. 


The closing date for this job has now passed.


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