Research Associate in RNA vaccine manufacturing process modelling

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield for a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate with experience of modelling manufacturing processes. In this role the postdoctoral research associate will work in an interdisciplinary team and perform modelling of the mRNA manufacturing process. This modelling work will guide the development of processes for rapidly mass-manufacturing mRNA-based vaccines and therapeutics at high quality and low cost in a disease-agnostic manner.
We are looking for independent researchers who have demonstrated their ability to perform and ideally publish high quality research. You will possess a PhD or equivalent research experience in (bio)chemical engineering, or a related discipline. Experience in modelling manufacturing processes, preferably for mRNA (or other (bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing) unit operations is essential.

Benefits of the position include:
● 41 days annual leave (including closure days and Bank Holidays), with the possibility to purchase up to ten additional days.
● Up to 5 days of paid time off to cover emergency caring responsibilities.
● A commitment to work life balance including, flexible working opportunities and hybrid working where possible.
● A highly competitive pension scheme.
● Discounts at participating shops and cinemas, and a cycle to work scheme.
● A commitment to your development, with programmes, learning modules and mentoring schemes.
● An inclusive and diverse workplace.
● A commitment to your wellbeing, with confidential emotional support, support for those going through the menopause, experiencing fertility treatment and having a baby, paid leave for IVF treatment and more.
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You will be based in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) within the Kis Research Group. CBE is ranked amongst the top 5 Chemical Engineering Departments in the UK and is a thriving department within the University’s Faculty of Engineering. The Department has a world-class research environment that is ranked number 1 by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. CBE holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award and two gold awards for Green Impact. See more information at

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

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