Cell Ag Bioprocessing PhD

New Harvest is seeking applicants for a sponsored PhD in Cellular Agriculture Bioprocessing at the University of Bath. 

An important milestone for cellular agriculture was the first cultured meat burger in 2013, made by Mark Post (Maastricht), that proved cultured meat, in the form of tissue engineered muscle cells, can be produced. Building on this work the next is to develop a bioprocess to grow the muscle and fat cells that are the building blocks of cultured meat, with the aim of making an affordable cultured meat product on a commercial scale. 

This PhD will utilize chemical engineering principles to design, build and test a bioreactor for a bioprocess to grow the muscle and fat cells that are the building blocks of cultured meat. In particular this project will seek to answer several key fundamental questions on the bioprocessing for cultured meat, to provide detailed knowledge on the feed requirements and waste products. This in turn will allow a bioreactor to be efficiently designed in terms of capital and operational costs -essential information for any researcher or company wishing to manufacture culture meat. This PhD will work at the interface between biochemical engineering and meat science, working with cells from pigs at Charcutier Ltd, and compare theoretical design with experimental data. 

The successful candidate will have a first class or upper second class degree in chemical or biochemical engineering, with first class marks in key subjects such as transport phenomena and engineering design. The PhD will be based at the University of Bath; the majority of research will be carried out in Bath but you will also spend time working in Charcutier Ltd’s ‘meat lab’ to develop knowledge and skills in downstream processing, and business-orientated. The successful candidate will be appointed on agreement by New Harvest, and the supervisors Dr. Marianne Ellis (lead supervisor, University of Bath) and Illtud Dunsford (Charcutier Ltd).

Interested candidates should send a two-page CV and a one-page cover letter detailing their interest in the field and reasons for wanting to do a PhD to Dr. Marianne Ellis at