Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre

Student Employment

Student Employment

Working on the interface between Biology, Chemistry and Engineering

Student working beside some equipment

Industrial Doctorate is an alternative to the traditional PhD for students who want a career in industry. The BBTC educated students to work on the interface between Biology, Chemistry and Engineering to develop better decisions and design tools for more efficient, cost effective (bio)processes.

Most of the BBTC students and alumni are now in fulltime employment and the majority works in a relevant sector as engineer, scientist or manager using the skills they developed during their EngD:

  • 14 work in the process and pharma industry as engineer or scientist
  • 7 students are in managerial or consultant roles in the processing industry or engineering consultancy sector
  • 8 students are still with their host company; out of those 6 continue their EngD work and 2 moved into a managerial role
  • 6 students stayed in academia and are currently Research Associates or Teaching Fellows
  • Top employers of the BBTC students are GSK, CPI, Fujifilm Diosynth and AstraZeneca
BBTC-Student Destination Sector

What our alumni say:

“I am highly adaptable which means I am well suited to my role where I handle both collaborative and commercial proposals and have to swap between projects at a moment’s notice.” Kirsty, Bid/Proposal Development Manager at CPI
“My knowledge of: continuous powder processing, scale-up methodology and PAT development, gained during my studies, has prepared me for my current role.” Sean, Senior Process Engineer working for AstraZeneca
“I work for the company I carried our research for. I now practise the learnings and use the tools and techniques I discovered.” Richard, Shift Manger at BOC
“My Engineering Doctorate has given me a broad range of skills, including a good understanding of computation biological and fermentation theory through the development of mathematical models. Combing with my industrial collaborations, I have gained valuable laboratory experience and also the ability to analyse complex and large data sets” Stephen, Postdoctoral Research Associate UCL