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Research Fellow in Microalgal Biotechnology

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge in an academic career? Do you have a background in algal based technologies for wastewater treatment? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading Universities and be part of a multidisciplinary team delivering real-world solutions? 

As a Research Fellow in Microalgal Biotechnology at Leeds, you will be part of a world-leading Research Group focused on fundamental and applied research activities aimed at supporting the development of a circular bioeconomy approach for sustainable waste management. This involves covering projects on nutrient control and recovery from wastewater, bioenergy generation from organic waste, bioprocesses for carbon capture, assessment and control of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from waste management facilities and developing technologies for microalgal biomass cultivation and valorisation.

In particular, you will be part of a multidisciplinary consortium working closely with industry partners and UK government funders in the delivery of bioprocesses for hydrogen production from organic waste, coupled with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

We are particularly looking for highly motivated applicants with ability to consolidate and further develop their technical and transferable skills, working in a supportive environment to conduct fundamental and applied research on the use of microalgae for the recovery and reuse of nutrients from waste streams, and using a combination of analytical and microbiology techniques at lab and pilot scale.

Holding a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in Engineering; you will also have a strong background in algal based technologies for wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery, and lab experience on microalgae cultivation.on.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero, Associate Professor of BioResource Systems

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1580 or email:

NOTE: Interviews are scheduled to take place on the morning of Tuesday 12 December 2023. 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Civil Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £37,099 to £44,263 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £39,347 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Until 31 December 2024 - To complete specific time limited work)
Release Date:  Friday 17 November 2023
Closing Date:  Sunday 03 December 2023
Interview Date:  Tuesday 12 December 2023
Reference:  EPSCV1120
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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