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Biorenewables Development Centre
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University of York
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
23,487 - 26,341 per year
Interview Date
17 and 18 February 2022
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Role Description

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) at the University of York wishes to immediately recruit two biologists as Technologists within the Bioscience Innovation Team (BIT) to support delivery of ERDF-funded programs focused on the development of the bioeconomy.


The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) – a not-for-profit subsidiary of the University of York – is an open access, business-facing R&D scale-up facility. It works closely with academic research groups and engages with a wide range of commercial organisations. As such, you will play an important role in the operation of the BDC, working with other Technologists and Senior Technologists as a member of the Bioscience Innovation Team (BIT) to ensure the smooth running of industrial R&D and grant-supported projects. Clients and collaborators of the BDC include small/medium enterprises (SMEs), multinational businesses, academic groups and public sector organisations. You will be engaged with projects ranging from a few days to several years in duration.


You will provide laboratory-based and desk-based support, and contribute to a series of industry-facing biorenewables-based projects particularly aimed at regional SMEs. You will provide biology-based technical input into projects for the development of processes including plant, microbial and bio-based waste materials. Your main duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Perform experiments or other tasks using a range of scientific techniques, sometimes working from a limited brief.
  • Work effectively with others, providing technical advice in relation to the BDC’s activities and the techniques used, to staff, students, and stakeholders, as required.
  • Understand, promote and apply COSHH/Risk Assessment and BDC health and safety protocols ensuring procedures are followed at all times.
  • Maintain accurate records of work undertaken, including reports, using appropriate software such as a document control system and a customer relations management (CRM) system.
  • Assist with lab organisation and maintain supplies of key items relating to BIT facilities.
  • Liaise with service engineers and others to ensure the labs and equipment are kept operational.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

The main skills, experience and qualifications required for the role include:

  • A Levels, an HNC, or equivalent experience in areas of biology such as microbiology, fermentation, anaerobic digestion or protein separation.
  • An RSciTech / EngTech or willingness to work towards these qualifications.
  • Knowledge and ability to implement practical techniques used in microbiology, fermentation, anaerobic digestion or protein separation.
  • Knowledge of relevant safety regulations and procedures, for example, COSHH and risk assessment.
  • Experience of interacting effectively with academic and industrial groups.
  • A good understanding of the biorenewables area and experience of reporting technical information to non-specialists would be desirable.
  • Ability to perform practical tasks to a consistently high standard with attention to detail using initiative, seeking advice where necessary.
  • Ability to manage own time, use initiative and work to deadlines.
  • Good interpersonal skills, ideally being a dynamic, self-motivated character who is outgoing and organised, able to work with a wide range of people and a willingness to learn new techniques and research methods.

Interview date:  17 and 18 February 2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Deborah Rathbone on


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