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Marie Curie Research Fellow (Fixed Term)

Fri, 18/11/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is seeking a person interested in obtaining a PhD in the area of machine learning for chemical process and product development. The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof. Alexei Lapkin and take part on the "Structure-property correlation over multiple process steps" project, which is part of the European Doctoral Network "CINEMA": Chemistry informed machine learning in emulsion polymerization processes and products. Information about all positions within the network is available through this link: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/852768. As part of the project, the post holder might take on short secondments in CINEMA academic and industrial partners.

MSCA-recruiting rules are also applied:

  • Not having resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date, and not having carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK during this period.
  • Having a master degree or equivalent diploma, and not having a doctoral degree.
  • First degree in chemistry or chemical engineering.
  • Strong background in maths.
  • Experience with computation and coding (Python) and interest in machine learning.

The salary and benefit will follow the principles of the Marie Curie Doctoral Network Scheme as underwritten by the UKRI. Living allowance, mobility allowance and, if appropriate, family allowance, will be paid in GBP at a fixed exchange rate of 1.160354.

The successful candidate would be employed as a Research Assistant but will also be expected to apply for admission as a PhD student with the University and be able to meet our criteria for admission. For further information please visit: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egcepdcng?gl=1*e6nc7r*gaNjM2MTY3Nzk3LjE2NjcyOTg0MTc.gaP8Q1QT5W4K*MTY2ODE2MzI4Ny44LjEuMTY2ODE2MzI5MC4wLjAuMA

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date for applications is 18th December 2022.

Interviews are likely to be held soon after the closing date.

If you have any queries regarding the role/application process please contact Trish Murray, Administrative Assistant, at hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NQ34263 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Non clinical PhD Studentship (Fixed Term) in Magnetic resonance imaging studies of freeze drying and reconstitution of pharmaceuticals

Fri, 11/11/2022 - 00:00

Applications are invited for 3.5-year PhD studentship based in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge and the new AstraZeneca Discovery Centre at Cambridge. The student will be working on a collaborative project jointly supervised by Prof Mick Mantle in The Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology and Dr Richard Storey and Dr Les Hughes at AstraZeneca and will have the opportunity to work across the two sites. The project is in the field pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical development that has generated much excitement in both academia and industry.

Freeze drying has the ability to improve stability of both large and small molecules permitting more temperate storage conditions and hence energy saving across the lifetime of the product. The technique is widely used for small molecules, "next generation therapeutics" and larger biopharmaceuticals. Examples include hormones and monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Of these, mAbs accounted for 50% of the top ten best-selling drugs in 2020, with sales of $59 billion, and more than 800 are currently being studied in clinical trials. Reconstitution times of lyophilized (freeze dried) formulations can often be variable and result in heterogeneous suspensions, especially when high solids content is present, as is often the case to minimise drying times, dosage volumes and transportation costs. This variability, and the links between freeze-drier conditions (e.g., cooling rates, annealing and drying times) and product performance, are not always well understood and tend to rely on empirical development. In order to build a digital twin for lyophilization this link needs to be better understood and key product parameters are needed to build and verify the model, e.g., lyophile (solid cake) porosity and tortuosity. Recent work by Cambridge and Medimmune (now AZ) demonstrated the potential of magnetic resonance imaging and relaxometry to quantify reconstitution times of mAb based formulations in-situ. This proposal aims to build upon our previous research(1), (2) with new avenues of research: (i) we will build an MRI compatible freeze drying/lyophilization rig that fits within a MRI magnet in Cambridge, allowing us to monitor, in real time, freeze drying; (ii) 3D characterization of the freeze dried solid cake porosity and tortuosity using gas and liquid phase MRI; (iii) Establish the link between freeze-drier operating conditions and product reconstitution performance.

The magnetic resonance research centre at the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology in Cambridge is a world class facility housing a vibrant and diverse research group. The are 8 superconducting NMR/MRI instruments along with a number of lower field permanent magnet systems which cover a large range of magnetic fields. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to spend extended periods of time working in AstraZeneca's research facilities based in Macclesfield, UK. Applicants for this PhD position should have a first-class or high upper second-class undergraduate degree. Note the fully funded studentship is only available to UK residents or those with UK residential status. Non-UK residents may apply on the understanding that they are responsible for the additional fees and costs associated with overseas student status.

1.) "Application of Magnetic Resonance to Assess Lyophilized Drug Product Reconstitution". Thomas A. Partridge, Mahammad Ahmed, Sureshkumar B. Choudhary, Christopher F. van der Walle, Sajal M. Patel, Steven M. Bishop & Mick D. Mantle , Pharmaceutical Research 36, 71, 2019.

2.) "NMR and Thermal Studies for the Characterization of Mass Transport and Phase Separation in Paracetamol/Copovidone Hot-Melt Extrusion Formulations". Pisa, E. Hughes, LP. Wren, SAC. Booth, J. McCabe, JF. Whittaker, DTE. Mantle, MD. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 17, Issue 6, 2021-2033.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual capable of thinking and working independently. Applicants should have or shortly expect to obtain a first or high second-class degree from a UK university, or an equivalent standard (https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international/international-qualifications) from an overseas university, in a relevant subject such as Chemistry, Biology, Engineering or a related discipline. This position is open to UK citizens or overseas students who meet the UK residency requirements (https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees/what-my-fee-status) or are able to augment the funds to cover the extra costs associated with overseas student fees. (Note for Overseas Fee Rate applicants: If you wish to additionally be considered for the University's funding competition, you must submit the formal application (details below) for admission by 1 Dec 2022.)

Full details of the University's entrance requirements are specified on the following link: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/entry-requirements.

Full funding covering Maintenance and the University Composition Fee and is provided for the studentship, with effect from 1 October 2023.

Application Process Information on our PhD programme, along with further information on entry requirements and a link to the on-line application, is available via the University's Course Directory: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egcepdcng?gl=1*iv0l7c*gaMTI0NTUyNzYwNS4xNjY3Mzg1MzA0gaP8Q1QT5W4K*MTY2NzM4NTMwNC4xLjEuMTY2NzM4NTU0NS4wLjAuMA..

To be considered for this studentship, applicants must submit a formal application for admission along with all required supporting documents (please see above link). Applicants must note Prof Mick Mantle as the prospective supervisor and that you wish to be considered for Non clinical PhD Studentship (Fixed Term) in Magnetic resonance imaging studies of freeze drying and reconstitution of pharmaceuticals (NQ34152) in the application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2023. We anticipate that interviews will take place in early March.

Please quote reference NQ34152 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Assistant / Research Associate in the development of green ammonia processes (Fixed Term)

Fri, 11/11/2022 - 00:00

Two positions are open for Postdoctoral Research Associates / Research Assistants as part of an ERC awarded project funded by UKIR at the University of Cambridge in the group Catalysis and Process Integration group led Dr Laura Torrente (www.capi.ceb.cam.ac.uk).

The successful candidates will have a strong background in process engineering, process design and integration, including a PhD in a relevant area. Experience in Power-to-X processes, heterogeneous catalysis and separation processes would be advantageous.

The aim of the project is the development of novel green ammonia processes, powered by renewable energy and able to cope with its intermittency nature. The research will involve the development of engineering principles for dynamic Power-to-X chemical process, considering reactor, separation and heat integration units. Research will be focused on green ammonia production with the potential of extending it to other chemical processes towards the electrification of the chemical industry.

The ability to work both as part of a team and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, collaborating with academic and industrial partners, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional talks as outlined on the Further Information document.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date for applications is 27th November 2022.

Interviews are likely to be held soon after the closing date.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Prof Laura Torrente Murciano at lt416@cam.ac.uk. If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Alessandra Uomo, HR Administrator, at hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NQ34151 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Assistant Professor in Biotechnology

Tue, 08/11/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor (University Lecturer) from October 2023 or sooner. The successful candidate will be designated as an Associate Professor once probation has been successfully completed.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) at Cambridge has an international reputation for advancing molecular science and technology at the boundaries where chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology meet. It is setting the pace for scientists, engineers, industrialists and entrepreneurs to solve a range of complex global challenges across energy, the environment, and healthcare.

The Department has forged a number of significant industry partnerships and has pioneered the commercialisation of its cutting-edge research, recognising the vital relationship between knowledge transfer and economic growth.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a world-renowned research group and contribute to the teaching needs of the Department. Teaching and research duties will be split approximately 30:70. It is important that the selected candidate will be willing and able to teach and examine widely across the existing Chemical Engineering Tripos. A strong track record in teaching is desirable and a willingness to teach in areas outside the candidate's research expertise is essential.

The Department wishes to appoint a researcher in the field of Biotechnology. This is a deliberately wide definition to appeal to a broad spectrum of applicants and ensure accessibility for under-represented groups, but we expect the successful candidate to strengthen one, or both, of our core strategic themes of sustainability and healthcare. Themes we have a particular interest in strengthening are Biofuels, Bioprocessing, molecular Biotechnology, computational biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, but the overriding criterion is research excellence, and we will consider candidates both from theoretical and experimental research areas.

The ideal candidate would be someone with an excellent track record of conducting original research as evidenced by publications in top quality journals. They will foster their subject through research, supported by external grant funding, and contribute to teaching, supervision and examining at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applications should include the following:

  1. A covering letter.
  2. A curriculum vitae which includes a publications list and areas of teaching competence.
  3. A statement of research interests and future plans, and a vision on how the candidate proposes to promote excellence in teaching and learning at CEB.
  4. Contact details for three professional referees.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly encourage women and /or candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy as they are currently underrepresented at this level within our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Clemens Kaminski, Head of Department. Tel: +44 (0)1223 763135 or email: HoD@ceb.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ33328 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Assistant Professor in Fluid Mechanics

Tue, 08/11/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor (University Lecturer) from October 2023 or sooner. The successful candidate will be designated as an Associate Professor once probation has been successfully completed.

The Department has an international reputation for advancing molecular science and technology at the boundaries where chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology meet. It is setting the pace for scientists, engineers, industrialists and entrepreneurs to solve a range of complex global challenges across energy, the environment, and healthcare.

We have forged a number of significant industry partnerships and has pioneered the commercialisation of its cutting-edge research, recognising the vital relationship between knowledge transfer and economic growth.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a world-renowned research group and contribute to the teaching needs of the Department. Teaching and research duties will be split approximately 30:70. It is important that the selected candidate will be willing and able to teach and examine widely across the existing Chemical Engineering Tripos. A strong track record in teaching is desirable and a willingness to teach in areas outside the candidate's research expertise is essential.

The Department wishes to appoint a researcher in the field of Fluid Mechanics. The successful candidate will have an internationally recognised research track record in a field that underpins one, or both, of the departments impact themes in sustainability and healthcare. Topics we have a particular interest in covering include any of, or combinations of, low Reynolds number flows, flows in nanotechnology and biological systems, simulations of industrial flows, natural environment flows, rheology, two phase flows.

The overriding criterion is academic and research excellence, and we therefore seek to appoint from the broadest pool of candidates, irrespective of their topic of interest in the wider field of fluid mechanics. Activities in theoretical or experimental research are equally welcome. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of conducting original research as evidenced by publications in top tier international research journals. They will foster their subject through research, and contribute to teaching, supervision and examining at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applications should include the following:

  1. A covering letter.
  2. A curriculum vitae which includes a publications list and areas of teaching competence.
  3. A statement of research interests and future plans, and a vision on how the candidate proposes to promote excellence in teaching and learning.
  4. Contact details for three professional referees.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly encourage women and /or candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy as they are currently underrepresented at this level within our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Clemens Kaminski, Head of Department. Tel: +44 (0)1223 763135 or email: HoD@ceb.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ33330 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Assistant Teaching Professor

Tue, 08/11/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) is seeking to appoint an Assistant Teaching Professor from October 2023 or sooner. The successful candidate will be designated as an Associate Teaching Professor once probation has been successfully completed.

The Department has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research where its advances help to solve a range of complex global challenges across energy, the environment, and healthcare.

We wish to appoint a leader in Chemical Engineering education to participate in the delivery of the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) Tripos, a 4 year undergraduate programme leading to an IChemE accredited MEng degree. The role is primarily a teaching position: there is very little scope for research, with the exception of the direction of final year undergraduate research projects.

The successful candidate will be expected to show leadership and excellence in developing and delivering the undergraduate teaching course and the process design project. They will have substantial experience in teaching core chemical engineering topics, most importantly design, at the undergraduate level; or will have substantial industrial experience in the chemical industry (widely defined to include pharmaceuticals, consumer products etc.), including design and/or operation of process plants.

Applications should include the following:

  1. A covering letter
  2. A curriculum vitae which includes areas of teaching competence with descriptions of courses developed, designed and delivered
  3. A vision on how the candidate proposes to promote excellence in teaching and learning at CEB including any new ways of course delivery/methods with assessment. This should include teaching of design
  4. Contact details for three professional referees

The interview panel will be meeting soon after the closing date to produce a long list who will be invited for a virtual interview. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to the Department to take part in informal meetings with staff and students, deliver example lectures in teaching, a formal interview and a tour of the building and labs.

A new Academic Career pathway scheme for Teaching and Scholarship staff (ACP T&S) has been developed to recognise and reward outstanding contributions and celebrate academic achievement through promotion and/or pay progression. This post fall within this career pathway scheme. Further details of the scheme is available at https://acptands.hr.admin.ac.uk

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements. Some elements of this role may be suitable for hybrid working where staff can split their time between in person collaboration and remote working. The frequency of the remote working can be discussed at interview.

We particularly encourage women and /or candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy as they are currently underrepresented at this level within our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Clemens Kaminski, Head of Department. Tel: +44 (0)1223 763135 or email: HoD@ceb.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ33489 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Building Services Technician

Tue, 08/11/2022 - 00:00

Applications are invited for the post of Building Services Technician at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

The role provides a preventative maintenance, fault-diagnosis, repair and construction/installation service for plant/building fabric and lab equipment to ensure research and support services can continue uninterrupted or with minimal disruption when faults occur.

The post holder will carry out internal and external repairs, alterations and installation of services/ equipment for the department alongside other members of the Facilities Team, and/or by arranging for specialist contractors to complete work, to support of the effective operation and day to day upkeep of Department facilities. They may need to deputise for Facilities Manager for call out cover on an occasional basis.

The main responsibilities of the post holder are preventative maintenance, breakdowns, and emergencies in the building. This involves the use of the computerised Building Management System (BMS) to check for plant faults or failures, the operation and setting of control equipment, and the assessing and diagnosing of faults. Maintaining steam boilers and pipework is also key to the role.

The post holder will allocate tasks, check the quality/quantity of the work and provide informal feedback on the standard of the work. Introduce team members to new processes and procedures.

The postholder will liaise with and develop effective working relationships with other members of the Department, builders, and specialist contractors assisting with the completion of work, and Estates Management. They will supervise external contractors and Estates Management engineers as they enter the building, and when access is required in the laboratories.

The role also carries out, coordinates or supports small and larger-scale refurbishments.

Benefits of working at University of Cambridge include:

  • Competitive rates of pay with automatic service-related pay progression and annual cost of living increases;
  • Generous annual leave allowance of 36 days paid leave inclusive of bank holidays for full time employees, pro rata'd for part time employees;
  • Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and other family friendly schemes (e.g. workplace nurseries and salary exchange schemes for childcare);
  • An auto-enrolment pension scheme, with a generous employer contribution;
  • Travel benefits and retail discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores;
  • Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    Closing date for applications is 29th November 2022.

    Interviews are likely to be held soon after the closing date.

    If you have any queries regarding the job role and/or the application process please contact Alessandra Uomo, HR Administrator, at hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk.

    Please quote reference NQ33533 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

EPSRC CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future MRes-PhD Studentships x 10 (Fixed Term)

Tue, 04/10/2022 - 00:00

These are four-year studentships funded through the Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctorial Training in Sensor Technologies for a for a Healthy and Sustainable Future. It an interdisciplinary and research focused training programme which introduces our students to the breadth of sensor technologies and applications while providing depth in key topics. The programme ranges from the physical concepts of sensing via the interpretation and management of sensory data to modern developments in sensor applications.

The programme is structured as a one year Master of Research (MRes) course followed by a three year PhD research project.

Throughout the course students are part of a student cohort which offers extensive peer-to-peer learning opportunities and exposure to cutting-edge R&D in academia and industry. In addition to developing their technical and scientific knowledge our students receive continuous training in research, team and leadership skills.

Entry is competitive and we are looking for students who are curious and passionate team players who are keen to work towards a more healthy and sustainable future.

The Sensor CDT is looking for candidates with backgrounds in the natural sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry or physics), engineering disciplines (e.g. electrical engineering, mechanical engineering), computer science, and medicine.

You will need to have obtained a first, or upper second class, honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant undergraduate course.

MRes course ' EPSRC CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future (cam.ac.uk)

For information on how to apply, please see: https://cdt.sensors.cam.ac.uk/admissions/how-apply

Please quote reference NQ33403 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.