Research Assistant

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is looking for a Research Assistant to work in the area of process design and quality control for RNA manufacturing. The post is funded by the Wellcome_LEAP initiative to investigate novel manufacturing routes for RNA vaccines. The particular work to be undertaken in the post is the application of Quality by Design (QbD) method for continuous manufacturing of RNA.

Duties and responsibilities

The postholder will develop a list quality attributes, use safety and efficacy considerations to rank critical ones, link these to material and process parameters and produce a semi-quantitative QbD analysis of RNA manufacturing, including a tentative design space and control methodology. This will then be used to build a model of the manufacturing process which will be updated with experimental data.

Essential requirements

The successful candidate must hold a MSc in Life Science Engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience. It is also essential for candidates to have:
* Experience of the application of QbD methods to RNA manufacturing.
* Practical experience within a research environment and/or publication in relevant and referred journals.
* Experience in dealing with project partners
* Practical experience in a broad range of techniques including statistics and process models
* Practical experience in a broad range of techniques including statistics and process models

Further information

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

The post is available for 3 months from July 2022 and will be based in South Kensington Campus.

To apply, please click the Apply now button at the top of the page. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Nilay Shah ()

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact .

Closing date: Midnight on Thursday 9th June 2022

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