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[Closes 9 June 2017] POST Parliamentary Academic Fellowships call now open The UK Parliament is piloting an Academic Fellowship Scheme that will offer academic researchers at every stage of their career the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls.
Research scientist positions available at synthetic biology startup (Eligo Bioscience) Eligo Bioscience, a recent MIT/Rockefeller startup, are currently looking for postdoctoral scientists to join their international research team.
[Closes June 11, 2017] Postdoctoral Scientist, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK is offering a job position as a Postdoctoral Scientist (Deadline June, 11th, 2017). Postdoctoral Scientist – PNAC. Starting Salary £30,162 to £32,975 per annum, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK
Postdoctoral research fellow positions at CSIRO The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is advertising several postdoctoral research fellow positions for recent PhD graduates, including in areas relevant to synthetic biology.
[Closes 19 May 2017] Biomaker Challenge Coordinator - 10 week summer placement The Biomaker Challenge is a four-month interdisciplinary programme with multiple teams building low-cost sensors and instruments for biology, co-organised by OpenPlant, the Synthetic Biology SRI and CamBridgeSens. We are looking for a coordinator for 10 weeks Jun-Sep 2017 to take responsibility for supporting the participating teams and managing online communications and social media.
[Closes 14 May] Mozilla Fellowship for Open Science The SynBio SRI promotes open technologies for research among early-career researchers through events programmes and grants. The Mozilla Fellowships for Open Science are an excellent opportunity for ECRs who are working to advance Open Access, Open Source or Open Science in their research and want to step up their involvement.
[Closes 20 Apr 2017] FORCE11 Communications Fellows 2017-2018 Call For Applicants FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. It is seeking applications from individuals who will implement the communication needs of the community.
[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 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 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 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 17th February 2017] Researcher - Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in European Practice and Funding GenØk Centre for Biosafety has a research position available in connection with a new EU project NewHoRRIzon.
[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 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 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 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 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 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] 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 17 Nov 2016] OpenPlant PDRA to engineer circadian rhythms As part of the OpenPlant Project ( 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 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 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.
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.
[Closes 31 Aug 2016] Job opportunity for Synthetic Biology SRI Administrative Assistant The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) is based in the Department of Plant Sciences. We are seeking a part-time (0.5FTE) Administrative Assistant who will work closely with the SRI Co-ordinator, Dr Jenny Molloy, in the research group of Professor Jim Haseloff (SRI Chair).
[Closes 21 August 2016] Institute IRNAS Call for Candidates: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Symbiolab, Institute IRNAS in Slovenia seeks postdoctoral candidates for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to develop open source 3D-bioprinter
[Closes 14 Aug 2016] Vacancy at Earlham Institute, Postdoctoral Researcher - Synthetic Biology The Synthetic Biology Group at the Earlham Institute currently have an opportunity for an outstanding post-doctoral scientist within our Synthetic Biology Group. The candidate must have a comprehensive understanding of the principles of genomics and molecular biology, and be proficient in techniques used in the design and construction of genetic circuits.
[Closes 10 August] OpenPlant PDRA: engineering xylan and glucomannan structures Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Professor Paul Dupree, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, to study plant cell wall polysaccharide engineering.
[Closes 18 July 2016] Lectureship in Synthetic Biology at UCL The Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering (ACBE) at UCL seeks to appoint a talented scientist or engineer in the area of Synthetic Biology to develop a deeper understanding of biological systems and their design to enhance bioprocess performance or to facilitate the synthesis of novel products.
[Closes 10 August 2016] Senior Experimental Officer for Untargeted Analytics SYNBIOCHEM Manchester, Synthetic Biology Research Centre Wanted: Ambitious and driven scientist to run a world-leading untargeted metabolomics and metabolic flux platform to guide the cutting-edge engineering of microbial bioreactors for high-value chemicals production.
[Closes 20 July 2016] Post-Doctoral Research Associate in bio-risk analysis at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) Research Associate in the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER)

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