Research Associate in Computational Biology

University of Nottingham Department of Mathematical Sciences

Computational Biologist - KTP Associate (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Thursday, 20th January 2022
Job Type
Mathematical Sciences
£30000 to £36000 per annum depending on skills, qualifications and experience.

University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a Computational Biologist to join our exciting collaboration with Phenotypeca Limited. Based at Phenotypeca’s offices at BioCity, Nottingham and the Biodiscovery Institute at the University of Nottingham, you will have the unique opportunity to take a central role in the development of genome analysis and machine-learning approaches to improve Phenotypeca’s productivity for biopharmaceutical manufacturing.  

This will be an exciting opportunity for you to carry out a high-profile Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project within a specific timeframe, fully supported by the University and to immerse yourself in a dynamic and fast-growing biotechnology company. A key aspect of your role will be to develop and embed advanced know-how from the University to identify complex genomic traits responsible for improvements in Phenotypeca's yeast strains (QTL analysis) and introduce Machine Learning methods to improve the performance of commercial services and create Intellectual Property. 

You should hold or be close to completion of a PhD in Computational Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a relevant discipline with a significant data analysis component and with expertise in at least one of QTL analysis or Machine Learning. 

As a people-orientated individual, you will have the ability to influence and engage collaboratively between the team members at Phenotypeca and the University’s academic team. As a proactive person, you will have the enthusiasm and motivation to organise your own time effectively and have a flexible approach to prioritising tasks and work. Through the KTP, you will be given the support and mentoring you need to nurture your talent. You will have your own budget for training and Continuing Professional Development to help you develop your current skillset and reach your personal and professional career goals. 

You will be employed by the University of Nottingham, but will be based at Phenotypeca, working directly with senior company staff, as well as receiving additional mentoring support from academics at University of Nottingham.  

Phenotypeca is a yeast biofoundry business optimising strains of baker's yeast for the industrial manufacture of recombinant biologics, especially vaccines, therapeutic proteins, and diagnostics. Our mission is to make treatments more affordable to those who need them. We use natural genetic diversity and rapid genome engineering in a unique service optimising production strain genomes for each different customer product. You can find out more here: 

This full-time, fixed-term 24-month contract is funded through the a KTP award, UK Government scheme, enabling graduates (KTP Associates) to work on exciting and challenging projects in partnership between a business and university. It is an opportunity to fast track your career by managing a strategic project that has the potential to transform the business. Further information is available at 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Markus Owen Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted

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