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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Engineering Biology


Standard Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263

Closing date

Jun 17, 2024 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time PDRA to join Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing (OCTEB) at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science (Headington).  The post is funded by BBSRC and is fixed-term for two years.


This project is to develop simple cell (SimCell, non-dividing bacteria cell) based biocatalyst to transform waste from cultured meat process into essential amnio acids and growth factors to achieve a sustainable production. You will be responsible for developing a bioreactor system in which immobilised SimCells can feed on mammalian cell culture waste and produce necessary amino acids and growth factors for mammalian cells. 


You will hold a PhD/Dphil or be near completion* in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering or a closely related field, together with relevant experience. Experience in designing bioreactors for mammalian cell culture and sufficient specialist knowledge in the cell encapsulation/immobilisation  is also required.  You will have the ability to manage own academic research and associated activities with an excellent publication record commensurable to the career stage and the ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Cathy Ye (mail:


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Only online applications received before midday on 17th June 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Cell cultured meat, bioreactors, biomaterials for cell immobilisation, SimCells, Engineering biology

Contact name

Professor Hua Ye

Contact email