Research Associate/Fellow in Data science applied to biological problems, Green Chemicals Beacon (Fixed-term)

Closing Date
Saturday, 31st August 2019
Job Type
Veterinary Medicine & Science
£27025 to £33199 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,395 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a Research Fellow in Machine Learning to join our Green Chemicals Beacon of Excellence. You will be a motivated, organised and enthusiastic individual, with an interest in applying fundamental science to the benefit of humankind. 

Machine Learning is of increasing importance in metabolic engineering with the goal to enable sustainable biotechnological production of our future chemicals. This role is integrated into a number of collaborative and interdisciplinary sustainable processing projects, viz. (1) an aromatics platform, (2) an aldehyde platform and (3) a terpenoid platform; aligned with the Green Chemicals Beacon research activity portfolio:

To develop and apply transferable machine learning strategies and automated workflows, informing metabolic engineering strategies. 

To develop machine learning methods, enabling the optimisation  of microbial cell factories.

The person appointed will join the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, who have an extensive track record in and expertise in machine learning. The person appointed will have demonstrable skills in research in machine learning; alongside experience in the application of exploratory data analysis enabling metabolic engineering. Demonstrable skills in machine learning tool development and programming are essential, alongside expert knowledge in bioinformatics, biochemistry, biochemical pathways and cellular metabolism. The person appointed will be expected to plan, conduct and analyse research in this area and will be responsible for writing up work for publication and presentation at scientific meetings.

This position is supported under the Green Chemicals Beacon of Excellence, part of a landmark investment by the University of Nottingham aimed at increasing collaboration, strengthening networks and partnerships, attracting diverse funding, and raising the reputation of our world-changing research. The Green Chemicals Beacon addresses the challenge of securing the low carbon bio-economy of the future. We are spearheading the transformation of energy-intensive economies into low-carbon societies. We will pioneer in this multi-disciplinary field, integrating our world-leading expertise in metabolic engineering, process development and sustainable chemistry. Together with our extraordinary track-record of industrial collaboration, we are creating a cutting-edge sustainable processing platform that will unleash economic potential for our collaborators. Facing up to global challenges, our research will have transformational impacts on agriculture, industry and health.

This full time post is offered on a fixed term contract until 30 June 2022. Job share arrangements may be considered.

It is a condition of this post that satisfactory basic disclosure is obtained.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Tania Dottorini Email: Please note that applications sent direct to this Email address will not be accepted.

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