Brunel University London

Brunel University London in West London is a dynamic institution with over 12,500 students and over 1,300 academic staff operating in a vibrant culture of research excellence. With a turnover of more than £200 million, the University is a Higher Education and research establishment with considerable intellectual, financial, and social resources and makes major contributions to the economy and community of the West London region. It also plays a significant role in the higher education scene nationally and has numerous national and international links and partnerships with both academia and industry.
Brunel University London has climbed 14 places in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, and is now placed in the top third of universities worldwide, in the top 200 in engineering and technology, and in the top 50 for international outlook. Brunel prides itself of its multicultural environment and has gained countless benefits from having staff and students from over 113 different countries contributing to both its academic and social environment. The university holds a European Commission HR Excellence in Research award for its commitment to supporting its researchers.
Brunel has a long history of successful bidding for European funding and of managing EU projects, Brunel was involved in 120 projects within FP7 with a cumulative value of over 37 Million Euros, and has been successful with over 60 Horizon 2020 proposals to the value of 30 million Euros, of which it is leading and coordinating 9 projects.
Since the launch of the university in 1966, research has been at the very heart of Brunel’s academic activities; consistent with its establishment mission as a ‘Wilson University’ to apply science to the practical work through translational and applied research and education. Today, we have three Research Institute’s covering most of these areas. The research groups within them are world leading, with highly cited papers, substantial grant income, established reputations for particular methodological approaches, and a community of PhD graduates pursuing successful careers in industry and academia.
The Institute of Energy Futures has a holistic approach to the energy costs of food distribution, bringing together researchers from a range of disciplines, as well as mainstream engineering research. We have particular strengths in refrigeration, heating and cooling and in environmental design.
The Institute main themes include Advanced Powertrains and Fuels, Energy Efficient and sustainable technologies, Smart Power Networks and Resource Efficient Future Cities.
Institute of Environment, Health and Societies aims to achieve internationally acknowledged excellence in all forms of research relating to the quality of our environment, and to our health and wellbeing. From assisting governments with environmental and health policies, to offering lung disease sufferers drug-free, medically proven treatments, to helping consumers with food allergies make better choices, our practical research has helped millions of people worldwide lead healthier, happier lives.
The Institute main themes include Environment & Health, Ageing Studies, Health Economics, Synthetic Biology, Biomedical Engineering & Welfare Health and Wellbeing.
Institute of Materials and Manufacturing research aims to improve the performance of materials and structures, including their design, manufacturing, integrity and use, through a combined theoretical approach. Its vision is to become the leading recognized international provider of materials and manufacturing research, addressing current major societal questions.
The Institute main themes include Structural Integrity, Liquid Metal Engineering, Micro-nano Manufacturing, Materials Characterisation and Processing and Design for Sustainable Manufacturing.
The expertise relevant to the current project lie within Synthetic Biology, one of the 15 University Strategic Research Themes, and will also have access to the newly established expertise in enzymes and biotechnology in the newly established Department of
Chemical Engineering. It will be hosted within the dedicated synthetic biology research labs which provide an integrated wet-dry, bioinformatics-laboratory research environment; and led by the head of the Synthetic Biology lab and Research Theme.

Main Task

UBRUN will primarily contribute to Work Package 2, through the development and application of new methods for the generation of ‘better than nature’ enzymes based upon new strategies exploiting comparative genomics and synthetic DNAbased methodologies. They will also contribute to the integration of these enzymes with other parallel and later Work Packages.
In addition, they will provide expert genomics support for other Work Packages studying microbe content and changes within compost and insects. Finally, they will contribute to the project dissemination and strategies for the further development and translation of enzymes.

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