STARS School 2019: Embedding the Industrial Perspective

For Early Career Researchers: The Bioprocessing Skills School
8th-13th September 2019, Darlington

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 Jo Flannelly (joanne.flannelly@manchester.ac.uk).

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 and registration 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.

UCL – Lecturer in bionanotechnology & biochemical engineering

This position is an exciting new academic appointment that will be jointly held between UCL’s London Centre for Nanotechnology and the Department for Biochemical Engineering. The post holder will work in the field of nanosensors for point of care disease diagnosis and or bioprocess analysis applications. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team and the new member of staff will be directly affiliated to the £11M i-sense EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases, one of three national EPSRC centres of excellence in sensing systems.

The successful candidate will hold a good first degree and PhD in a relevant engineering or physical science discipline. They will have proven communication skills, demonstrable collaboration activity and a growing track record in high quality publications and presentations in high profile conferences or meetings. A proven record of conducting high quality research and working with end users is essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively and to share in managing complex programmes. Track record and proven skills in teaching will be valued but are considered to be a skill which may be acquired in the early years of post. What is essential is commitment to high quality academic research and teaching, and continuous professional development.

Closing date 7th April; more details here.

ESACT courses

ESACT (European Society of Animal Cell Technology) courses will again be organized in September/October 2019 in Llafranc, Spain.

  • ACT Course:  22 – 26 Sept 2019
  • Cell Culture-Based Viral Vaccines Course:  29 Sept – 3 Oct 2019
  • Drug Development Course:  6 – 9 Oct 2019

Registration is open until mid June. More details here.

BioProNET extension

We are pleased to inform you that BioProNET has been granted a no-cost extension by the BBSRC to run until the end of August 2019. There is no additional funding associated with the extension, however we will have the opportunity to use the extension period to investigate, and put in place, mechanisms by which to sustain the network beyond August 2019.

We have already been in discussion with key stakeholders in industry and academia to ensure that the continuation of such a network is required, and in response had incredible support with regard to the need to ensure such an academic-industrial UK based network continues and thrives. As we develop our plans in the next 3-4 months for a sustainable network, we hope that all within the network will support the need for such a network and provide their input and ideas regarding the sustainability of the network. Please do contact us biopronet@biopronetuk.org if you have any thoughts or would like to be involved.

In addition to developing mechanisms for a sustainable BioProNET, we plan to hold the annual science meeting this year, potentially in late July, and a further meeting in October. We will have more firm plans in a few weeks, and will keep BioProNET members updated through newsletters, our website http://biopronetuk.org and Twitter (@BioProNETUK).

Additional focussed meetings, and those in collaboration with other organisations and the new phase II NIBB, are also being investigated. The BBSRC STARS programme, that BioProNET has helped deliver for the last 2 years, will also be running again in September 2019. We will also be continuing to collect outputs and impact of BioProNET activities.

We look forward to your continued support and seeing you at a BioProNET event soon.

11 Early stage research fellowships: STACCATO Marie Skłodowska-Curie EID

We are pleased to advertise 11 Early Stage Researcher Positions (Early Stage Researchers [ESRs]) within the recently granted European Industrial Doctorate project STACCATOEuropean Industrial Doctorate for enhancing upstream biopharmaceutical manufacturing process development through single cell analysis.

STACCATO has been specifically designed to strengthen Europe’s innovation capacity and leadership in biopharmaceutical manufacturing science by providing world-class intersectoral training to 11 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and creating and applying pioneering manufacturing process development approaches for biopharmaceuticals. The STACCATO partners are united by the shared vision to utilise high-resolution data captured simultaneously from thousands of single cells to develop new manufacturing methods for biopharmaceuticals.

All recruited researchers will spend at least 18 of their 36 months on the project at industry partners. The multidisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral programme is based on a modular system that addresses the individual needs of the ESRs.

More details: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/368955