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KTP Environmental Microbiologist

Job Reference: A5398
Date Posted: 26 May 2017
Employer: Phoenix Engineering
Location: Launceston, Cornwall
Salary: £28,000 to £30,000
Sector: Science & Technology
Job Type: Contract
Closing Date: 04 July 2017

Job Description

A unique opportunity for a recently qualified Environmental Microbiologist to work on a joint biotechnology Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) funded by Innovate UK, between Phoenix Engineering and the University of Plymouth. The key objectives of this role are to apply autotrophic and methanotrophic bacteria as a biotechnology for the treatment of trace contaminants remaining in treated landfill leachate, with the possibility of continued employment with Phoenix Engineering after the term of the contract is completed.

The Candidate:

Postgraduate qualification such as a Ph.D or Res.M in environmental microbiology, microbial biochemistry or microbial biotechnology.  Subjects of expertise should include microbial physiology and/or microbial biochemistry.  Your first degree will be a minimum 2(i) in a relevant subject such as Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Biochemistry etc.

You will have extensive bench and/or field experience with practical experience of growing and modifying bacteria, preferably with some experience of working with large scale bioreactors. You will have research experience relating to the growth and handling of methanotrophic or autotrophic bacteria.  You will be personable, enthusiastic, tenacious with excellent initiative and able to engage others in development work.  Being able to work as part of a team and having willingness to take the project lead will also be expected, as will a passion for environmental issues and for reducing environmental impacts using green biotechnologies.  

The Company:

Phoenix Engineering has been established for over 20 years and employs 14 full time staff.  Phoenix is a market leader in the design, fabrication, manufacture, control and installation of a range of aerobic biological Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) process plants for the treatment of landfill leachates, the effluent discharged by a land fill site both during use and for some years following decommissioning.  To date they have installed approximately 45 plants and provide on-going support and maintenance for their systems. 


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