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Research England Funded Hub for Biotechnology in the Built environment

Got this note to post from Dr Darren L. Smith from the HBBE to post here.

The Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) (www.bbe.ac.uk) is a £8M initiative between Northumbria and Newcastle Universities funded by Research England’s Extending Excellence in England (E3) scheme. HBBE will develop biotechnologies to create a new generation of buildings which are responsive to their environment, grown using engineered living materials, metabolise their own waste, and modulate their microbiome to benefit human health.

The Hub is a strategic expansion including 13 new academic staff, supported by 6 PDRAs, 12 PhD students and 3 support staff. This will include 3 new research facilities that will integrate our research: the Micro Bio-Design Lab (Northumbria), the Macro Bio-Design Lab (Newcastle) and a unique Experimental ‘Living’ House, ‘The OME’.

As part of the initiative, Northumbria University is seeking 7 highly motivated Vice Chancellor’s Fellows to join a multidisciplinary team in, but not limited to, the following research areas: Biodegradation, Biofilms Engineering, Bioreactor Design and Engineering, Computational Enzyme Design, Computer Learning for Biological Systems Design, Construction Biotechnology, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Metabolic Modelling, and Synthetic Biology.

The successful Vice Chancellor’s Fellows will receive:

  1. A start up package of a PhD student and associated consumables
  2. Access to;
    1. Research seeds funds
    2. new, innovative and dedicated laboratories and office space
    3. multi-OMICS infrastructure and support (high resolution Thermo mass specs; and Illumina, Oxford Nanopore and PacBio sequencing platforms).

These are permanent academic posts with significant research focus during the period of the research project and will progress to a Lectureship post, subject to the successful completion of a probationary period. There will be a gradual increase in teaching responsibilities after the first 2 years and 7 months of the fellowship.

The successful fellows will join the Department of Applied Sciences in the Faculty of Health, Life Sciences at Northumbria University. The successful candidate must hold a first degree and be qualified to doctoral level in a relevant subject; with specialist knowledge gained through research activity. A proven ability to deliver high quality research with an appropriate publication profile are essential. Applicants with an interest in collaboration across discipline boundaries are encouraged to apply.

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