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[Closes 17-Apr-2017] Applications Scientist - Edinburgh Genome Foundry

We need a talented Application Scientist for the Edinburgh Genome Foundry (EGF), a facility for automated and high-throughput DNA assembly technologies based in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

[Closes 17-Apr-2017] Applications Scientist - Edinburgh Genome Foundry - Read More…

[Closes 3rd Apr 2017] Postdoctoral Researcher : Earlham Institute (EI), Norwich, United Kingdom

Opportunity for an outstanding post-doctoral scientist within the Patron Group at the Earlham Institute (EI) to work on a collaborative project with the O'Connor group at the John Innes Centre (JIC).

[Closes 3rd Apr 2017] Postdoctoral Researcher : Earlham Institute (EI), Norwich, United Kingdom - Read More…

[Closes 28 Feb 2017] Senior Research Data Manager, SYNBIOCHEM Centre for Synthetic Biology, University of Manchester

The University of Manchester received major funding in 2014 for its Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SYNBIOCHEM) as a UK/European Centre of Excellence for the Synthetic Biology of fine and speciality chemicals production. Located in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, the Centre is at the forefront of international developments in the emerging science of Synthetic Biology.

[Closes 28 Feb 2017] Senior Research Data Manager, SYNBIOCHEM Centre for Synthetic Biology, University of Manchester - Read More…

[Closes 27 Mar 2017] Synthetic biology future science fellowships

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation invites applications for its synthetic biology future science fellowships.

[Closes 27 Mar 2017] Synthetic biology future science fellowships - Read More…

[Closes 7 Mar 2017] OpenPlant Research Associate (Fixed Term)

A position is open for a postdoctoral research associate based at the OpenPlant Laboratory in Cambridge, within the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and directed by Prof. Jim Haseloff.

[Closes 7 Mar 2017] OpenPlant Research Associate (Fixed Term) - Read More…

[Friday 21 April 2017] Vice Chancellor's Awards

The University runs two sets of parallel awards to recognise achievements in the areas of Impact and Public Engagement with Research. Applications for the 2017 Awards are currently open. Deadline: Friday 21 April 2017.

[Friday 21 April 2017] Vice Chancellor's Awards - Read More…

[Closes 21st February 2017] Postdoctoral Scientist - PNAC at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Postdoctoral Scientists to undertake research to investigate, explore, and develop technologies for the targeting and delivery of therapeutic agents.

[Closes 21st February 2017] Postdoctoral Scientist - PNAC at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology - Read More…

[Closes 6th Februrary 2017] Senior Research Data Manager, SYNBIOCHEM Centre for Synthetic Biology

We are seeking to recruit a skilled dedicated (Senior) Research Data Manager (SRDM) to support the Centre’s integrated interdisciplinary platforms and multiple science programmes.

[Closes 6th Februrary 2017] Senior Research Data Manager, SYNBIOCHEM Centre for Synthetic Biology - Read More…

[Closes 18th February 2017] BrisSynBio Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation

We are seeking to appoint a BrisSynBio Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation. This is a full-time, fixed term post for two years.

[Closes 18th February 2017] BrisSynBio Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation - Read More…

[Closes 13 Mar 2017] Herchel Smith Professor of Biochemistry

The Herchel Smith Professorship of Biochemistry is one of two established and fully endowed Professorships within the Biochemistry department and is funded by a generous bequest from the eponymous Anglo-American Organic Chemist.

[Closes 13 Mar 2017] Herchel Smith Professor of Biochemistry - Read More…

[Closes Jan 2017] Studentships available at EPSRC and BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology

The EPSRC and BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology (SynBioCDT) is a doctoral training programme that combines the fundamental understanding of biological systems with the principles of engineering, so as to create the next generation of industrial and academic leaders in the nascent field of Synthetic Biology.

[Closes Jan 2017] Studentships available at EPSRC and BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology - Read More…

[Closes 31 Jan 2017] PhD Studentship: OpenIP strategies for emerging technologies

This PhD project with Dr Frank Tietze at the Institute for Manufacturing will be focused on a recent phenomenon that can be labelled “OpenIP”, for instance where large IP owners strategically make IP freely available through patent pledges. These seem to be carefully designed by the companies for different reasons and with a number of restrictions on licensees, such as non-assertion clauses.

[Closes 31 Jan 2017] PhD Studentship: OpenIP strategies for emerging technologies - Read More…

[Closes 6th Jan 2017] University Lecturer in Biological Physics

The Department of Physics invites applications for a University Lectureship in biological physics, to commence on 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This area of activity is a growing and strategic priority for the Department, underpinned by current research efforts in soft matter and theory of biological systems, and ranging to applications in new biophysical technologies and medical applications.

[Closes 6th Jan 2017] University Lecturer in Biological Physics - Read More…

[Closes 4 Jan 2017] University of Cambridge/Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowships

Applications are invited for the next round of University of Cambridge/ Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowships. The scheme is aimed at post-doctoral candidates with backgrounds in the physical sciences (incl. engineering, mathematics and computer sciences) who wish to gain experience in the application of their research to solve problems in the basic biological and biomedical sciences.

[Closes 4 Jan 2017] University of Cambridge/Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowships - Read More…

[Closes 1 Dec 2016] OpenPlant Fund opens to applications for £5000 grants on plant or cell-free synthetic biology

[Closes 1 Dec 2016] OpenPlant Fund opens to applications for £5000 grants on plant or cell-free synthetic biology

OpenPlant Fund offers £5000 to support open, interdisciplinary and innovative projects to engineer plant biology. Applications are now open until 1 Dec 2016 and for this round applications focused on cell-free synthetic biology are also welcome.

[Closes 1 Dec 2016] OpenPlant Fund opens to applications for £5000 grants on plant or cell-free synthetic biology - Read More…

[Closes 2 Mar 2017] Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy

The aim of the co-funded call with an indicative budget of approximately €36.3M is to contribute to transforming the global economy from a dependence on fossil raw material to a sustainable bio-based economy.

[Closes 2 Mar 2017] Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy - Read More…

[Closes 23 Nov 2016] BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

The Fellowships enable the recipient to concentrate on developing the commercial potential of their research, whilst also receiving formal training in relevant business skills.

[Closes 23 Nov 2016] BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships - Read More…

[Closes 23 Nov 2016] Tools and resources development fund: Bioimaging

Tools and Resources Development Fund (TRDF) aims to pump prime the next generation of tools, technologies and resources that will be required by bioscience researchers. The 2016 TRDF call has a specific focus on bioimaging.

[Closes 23 Nov 2016] Tools and resources development fund: Bioimaging - Read More…

[Closes 13 Jan 2017] APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award)

The APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) scheme offers established independent researchers an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.

[Closes 13 Jan 2017] APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) - Read More…

[Closes 4 Jan 2017] Readership in Synthetic Biology - Department of Engineering

Applications are invited for a Readership in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge. This is a tenure-track position at a level equivalent to Associate Professor and will be based in the Department of Engineering and is supported by the School of Biological Sciences (SBS).

[Closes 4 Jan 2017] Readership in Synthetic Biology - Department of Engineering - Read More…

[Closes 17 Nov 2016] OpenPlant PDRA to engineer circadian rhythms

As part of the OpenPlant Project (www.openplant.org) the Webb Lab in Department of Plant Science, University of Cambridge are looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to engineer circadian rhythms in the model plant Marchantia.

[Closes 17 Nov 2016] OpenPlant PDRA to engineer circadian rhythms - Read More…

[Closes 2 Dec 2016] UK-South Africa Antimicrobial Resistance Partnership Awards

~£80k seed funding to foster UK-SA collaborations that will eventually lead to the development of innovations to address antimicrobial resistance.

[Closes 2 Dec 2016] UK-South Africa Antimicrobial Resistance Partnership Awards - Read More…

[Closes 28 Nov 2016] 4yr PhD at John Innes Centre: Directing biosynthesis of bioactive triterpenes for pharmaceutical applications

A four-year PhD studentship is available in Anne Osbourne's lab at the John Innes Centre, Norwich entitled 'Directing biosynthesis of bioactive triterpenes for pharmaceutical applications'

[Closes 28 Nov 2016] 4yr PhD at John Innes Centre: Directing biosynthesis of bioactive triterpenes for pharmaceutical applications - Read More…

[Closes 7 October 2016] Postdoctoral position in synthetic biology at University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the group of Professor Yolanda Schaerli, Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland to build synthetic gene regulatory networks in E. coli.

[Closes 7 October 2016] Postdoctoral position in synthetic biology at University of Lausanne, Switzerland - Read More…

Bio-start UK offers £200k of funding & support for your biotech startup

Bio-start UK offers £200k of funding & support for your biotech startup

SynbiCITE in partnership with Rainbow Seed Fund is running Bio-start, a competition to help promote the commercialisation the engineering of biology in the UK.

Bio-start UK offers £200k of funding & support for your biotech startup - Read More…

Department of Plant Sciences welcomes independent Fellows

Department of Plant Sciences welcomes independent Fellows

The Department of Plant Sciences hosts significant synthetic biology research including OpenPlant and the SynBio SRI. It is currently welcoming independent research fellows who wish to apply to join the Department.

Department of Plant Sciences welcomes independent Fellows - Read More…

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