Category: Early Careers

GapSummit 2019

Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, USA
June 16-20th 2019

GapSummit is the premier, global, intergenerational biotechnology summit that attracts world leaders and the next generation of leaders to substantively discuss pressing challenges facing the bioeconomy and catalyze innovation to address these challenges.

GapSummit competitively selects 100 Leaders of Tomorrow from around the world to attend the summit. We look for students, entrepreneurs and young professionals with a proven track record of leadership and expertise in the biotech field. GapSummit 2019 will provide Leaders of Tomorrow with an unparalleled opportunity to network with, challenge and learn from current world leaders in the biotech field. Leaders of Tomorrow will also gain a comprehensive overview of biotech trends and issues, inciting discussion about world challenges that will to be met by scientific and business innovations.


Post-doc position – Culture process of human primary hepatocytes   

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH) is one of KTH’s five schools, which profile spans the broader domains of health, environment, materials and energy.

The group of Cell Technology (CETEG) in the Dept. Industrial Biotechnology/ Bioprocess Design, CBH School, has a strong experience in the development of manufacturing process of biopharmaceutical drug for human therapy based on mammalian/human cell culture. CETEG’s activities include bioprocessing of high cell density perfusion and dynamic metabolic modelling. CETEG is directing the Competence Centre AdBIOPRO for Advanced Bioproduction by Continuous Processing and coordinating iConsensus, an IMI project funded by the European agencies. It is also partner of the Wallenberg Centre for Protein Research (WCPR) and of the Centre for Advanced Medical Product (CAMP).

Job description
A post-doc position is available at CETEG for a project in a joined effort of the CETEG group at KTH and the Liver Cell Laboratory, Karolinska Institute, CLINTEC, Division of Transplantation Surgery, Assistant Prof. Ewa Ellis. The project is funded by Sweden’s Innovation Agency, Vinnova. The focus is the development of a process supporting the culture of human primary hepatocytes in controlled bioreactor. The practical work will be performed at KTH, AlbaNova Centre, Roslagstullsbacken 21, 10691 Stockholm, in close collaboration with the Liver Cell Laboratory in Huddinge

A qualified candidate will be an engineer holding a PhD degree in biotechnology, bioprocessing, or equivalent. Experience of bioreactor bioprocesses of mammalian or human cell culture is a strong advantage. The candidate should be highly motivated for doing scientific research, should be able to work independently, should have well developed technical skills, and enjoy team working. Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English, communication skills, technical ability and laboratory skills are required for the position.

Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply to this position.


Registration open and bursaries available for ESACT-UK 2019

Drayton Manor Hotel, Tamworth – 9 -10 January 2019

We are looking to continue the increased proportion of early researchers in the scientific programme through a more extensive bursary programme, so if you are an early career researcher (within 7 years of completing a BSc) and would like to present your work, please submit a high quality scientific abstract for oral or poster presentation to Qasim Rafiq. The ESACT-UK organising committee will  select candidates for a full bursary (dependent on abstract being relevant to cell culture, committee decision is final). This includes a free ticket for both days, plus accommodation, all refreshments and the conference dinner. Deadline for abstracts is Friday 14 September 2018.

All attending early career researchers will be eligible for the prize for the best presentation (£500 bursary for an event of their choice) and best poster (£250 bursary for an event of their choice).

The early stage researcher must be a member of ESACT-UK, but it is free to join for students.If applying for a bursary, please do not register via the website. Should an application be successful, researchers will be sent a code to register.

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STARS School 2018: Embedding the Industrial Perspective

BBSRC Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS) School 2018: Embedding the Industrial Perspective

For Early Career Researchers: The Bioprocessing Skills School

Do you want to find out how your career might develop working for industry, the differences between industrial- and academic-driven research and how the industrial environment matches your career ambitions?  Here’s your opportunity to answer these questions and find out much more about your ability to work in teams and how the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit drives research translation.

At our week-long, intensive residential training programme, designed around the insights and advice of senior industrialists, you will take part in group-based activities and work with real-life industrial case studies. The programme is designed to engage with the process of entrepreneurship, focus on the development of the ability to promote research ideas and their value to audiences and the key importance of the societal impact of industrial biotechnology.

Are you interested? If you are (a) an Early Career Researcher (normally undergoing PhD training or on first Post-doctoral positioning in an academic environment but potentially in the early stages of an industrial career), (b) working in the area of bioprocessing of biopharmaceuticals or novel biological therapeutics (c) on a project that has an industrial collaborator then this could be an ideal opportunity for you.

The week-long residential programme is funded by the BBSRC (accommodation, meals and all training activities) to eligible applicants but will be limited to no more than 18 participants each year.  Each participant will be asked to make a £150 non-returnable contribution for registration once their acceptance of a place is confirmed. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Jo Flannelly (

The programme will be held on 9th-14th September 2018, inclusive, at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC, Centre for Process Innovation, CPI, Darlington) and the week will start with a delegate networking dinner on the evening of Sunday 9th at the hotel.

The BioProcessing Skills School has been developed by the Universities of Manchester and Kent, in collaboration with the NBMC and BioProNET, and is funded by the BBSRC Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS).

Details of the full programme will follow and the sessions will include: molecular design and development of biological therapeutics, generating the tools for self awareness, industrial-scale manufacturing process, drug formulation and delivery embedded within a series of industrial site visits and presentations from industrial practitioners and entrepreneurs.

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ESACT Frontiers Retreat

The 2nd ESACT Frontiers Retreatwill take place in Zagreb from the 17th to 19th of October 2018

ESACT Frontiers Retreat is a platform to foster and launch early career researchers into the growing field of animal cell technology, mixing high-quality scientific sessions and dynamic workshops on personal and career development. We also aim to induce active networking between participants, so that you have the opportunity to get to know your peers, form new connections and valuable collaborations for the future.

Our scientific sessions will be a great opportunity for young researchers to present original research work, as most of science talks will be given by students and early career scientists. Poster sessions will also be extended in order to provide more time to participants to present their research and get involved in scientific discussions with peers.

The career workshop, which is a great opportunity to get in touch with some senior ESACT members and benefit from their experience, has been re-designed in a more interactive format and it will provide important tools to shape your professional future.

In the personal mentoring workshop, we are happy to announce Michael Heath again as one of our speakers. This year’s workshop focus on “Soft skills and personal development” to help you identify and improve important personality traits in a relaxed working atmosphere.

This meeting is open to the entire cell culture community, including non-ESACT members, so please spread the word among your colleagues! Abstract Submission will open soon and submission deadline is on the 23rd of April.

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