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As reported by Pharma Express, scientists at the University of Glasgow have received £4m from the UK Government to help them develop ‘designer bacteria’.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has distributed funds through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council with the overall aim of making the UK a world leader in research and application of synthetic biology.
The cash boost will be invested to help scientists and researchers in the Institute of Molecular, System and Cell Biology to develop tools for the production of useful strains of micro-organisms. The Glasgow scientists will use a family of enzymes called recombinases which act as molecular ‘scissors and glue’ for DNA. These will allow the researchers to cut the strands at precisely defined positions and ‘paste’ a new sequence into the gap. The researchers will also use the technology to ‘teach’ cells to count and keep a record of the number they have counted up to in their DNA.
The £4m for the project, which is being led by Prof Stark and his colleagues Dr Sean Colloms and Dr Susan Rosser, will also fund researchers at Aberdeen, York and Nottingham Universities.
David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said, “Synthetic biology could provide solutions to the global challenges we face and offers significant growth opportunities in a range of important sectors from health to energy. However, the commercialisation of basic science is largely untapped. This investment will help to ensure that academics and industry can realise its full potential.”
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Barney Smith is recruiting for an Analytical Chemist to join a company who are global players in the Oil & Gas industry in Aberdeen.
The Analytical Chemist role will involve analysis of oil, diesel and drilling fluids using mainly GC although there will be opportunities for working with other instrumentation as and when required.
The successful candidate for this Analytical Chemist role must be qualified to minimum degree level in chemistry or related subject and ideally have some experience using GC or related instrumentation. A UK driving licence would also be useful as the role could involve sample collection from remote sites.
The company are global players in the Oil & Gas industry and offer excellent packages and opportunities to progress.
How to apply:
For more information or to apply for this Analytical Chemist position please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email email@example.com. Please quote reference DH24956 in all correspondence.
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Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a Technical Manager to work at a specialist polymer manufacturing company based in Aberdeen for a permanent role.
As a Technical Manager you will be responsible for providing technical expertise and guidance to clients globally and offshore. You will also develop polymer coating using extraction and injection moulding techniques to customer specifications. The team is small and you will have to be hands on and happy to work any area including QA, QC, or dealing with technical specifications.
Qualification and skills:
As a Technical Manager you will have the following skills and experience:
- Masters qualified in a polymer processing related subject or equivalent industrial experience
- A proven track record in extrusion or injection moulding
This Technical Managers role will in the long term offer worldwide travel and ad hoc offshore trips with opportunities later to be stationed abroad. There may be some flexibility in salary with relevant experience within the Oil & Gas sector.
How to apply:
For more information or to apply for this Technical Manager position please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote reference DH24777 in all correspondence.
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The BBC has reported that the energy company Wood Group is creating 150 jobs at its Production Services Network (PSN) division in Aberdeen.
The company is setting up a dedicated project delivery arm to the business, which they hope will help it secure and deliver large-scale North Sea projects.
Earlier this year, it was awarded a £250m contract from Premier Oil to deliver services to the Balmoral support vessel, which provides services for six oil fields. WGPSN has taken on more than 1,000 new employees in the UK this year and currently Its UK-based onshore and offshore workforce now stands at more than 8,300.
WGPSN estimates the oil and gas project market worldwide to be worth nearly £100bn a year – of which about 30% involves brownfield projects.
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As reported by Scientist Live, microbiologists at the University of Aberdeen have shed new light on the understanding of how ammonia-based fertilisers are inactivated by microorganisms in soil.
Billions of pounds are spent annually on nitrogen fertilisers to support crop production to feed the world’s population. Ammonia-oxidising’ microbes rapidly convert ammonia to nitrate, which is washed out of the soil before it reaches crops for which it is intended. This leads to losses to farmers estimated at over $15 billion per year and nitrate-polluted drinking water.
Over the past hundred years, all strains cultivated have only grown in standard laboratory conditions at higher, neutral pH, and not in acidic conditions.
Research performed at the University of Aberdeen has identified a novel organism which performs the process of ammonia oxidation in acidic conditions, and has also demonstrated that this organism is abundant and globally distributed in acidic soils.
A large part of this work involved the analysis of soils from the Scottish Agricultural College’s Craibstone Estate outside Aberdeen, to recognise the importance of the site from which the organisms were obtained, and the university at which the microbe was first cultivated, the new organism has been named Nitrosotalea devanaterra, which means an ammonia-oxidising ‘rod’ from soil in Aberdeen, incorporating Devana, the Roman name for Aberdeen. It is part of the Domain of microbes known as Archaea.
The research team has now been awarded a £0.5 million, 3.5-year research grant by the Natural Environment Research Council to investigate the highly unusual physiology of Nitrosotalea devanaterra and to find out more about its potential role in the loss of ammonia-based fertilisers and nitrous oxide gas emissions from soil!
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As announced by First Minister Alex Salmond, the University of Aberdeen is to receive £2.6m of funding which is set to create dozens of life science jobs in Aberdeen.
The money will come from the European Regional Development Fund and will be used to fund a new life sciences business project. This project is set to create 69 life science jobs in Aberdeen.
The funding is part of a £9.3m imitative across Scotland which is expected to create 740 jobs. Mr Salmond said: “Scotland continues to make an immense contribution to shaping the modern world through innovation and this £2.6m investment in the University of Aberdeen’s new £5.8m life science facility will support the area’s expanding life sciences industry.”
Prof Stephen Logan, senior vice-principal for the University of Aberdeen, said: “Funding for the building is further evidence of the region’s growing reputation as a centre of excellence for life sciences.”
Other universities that will receive funding will include Napier University in Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde.
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