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Human Microbiome Research Associate – KTP Finisher
Not on campus

Job reference: KT20006

Location: Not on campus

Closing date: 09/12/2020

Job live date: 11/11/2020

Salary: £26,000 - £30,000 pa depending on qualifications and experience

Employment type: KTP Associate

Department: Commercial

Division: Food and Nutritional Sciences

Hours per week: 35

Employment Basis/Type: Fixed Term for 12 months

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 a 12-months fixed term contract and will test the effects of a biotherapeutic Clostridium in gut model systems.   The role will be based in two locations: the University of Reading and CHAIN’s laboratory in Nottingham. The budget has an allocation to cover the cost of travel/accommodation to go between both sites. 

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.  You will play a vital role by completing the remaining 12 months of this key strategic commercial project.

The successful candidate must possess:

•    MSc or PhD in a relevant biological area such as microbiology
•    Understanding of In Vitro determinants of gut microbiology  
•    Practical microbiology lab experience 
•    Aseptic technique experience
•    Critical analysis & interpretation of data

 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 with care and attention with biological specimens
•    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 

Interview date: 17/12/2020

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:

​​​​​​​The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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