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Job Advertisement - Readership in Synthetic Biology University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

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Readership in Synthetic Biology University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £59,400 (Grade 11)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 2nd November 2016
Closes: 4th January 2017
Job Ref: NM09701

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). We particularly encourage applicants who complement current research within Engineering and SBS, and who are motivated to explore interdisciplinary collaborations. The successful candidate will have an established experimental research program in a topic including, but not limited to:

  • Design and engineering of synthetic genetic circuits (both cellular and cell-free)
  • Genome engineering
  • Biosensing and biological signal processing
  • Spatio-temporal gene regulation
  • Engineering of multicellular interactions and tissue structure/function.

In addition, research may combine theoretical and numerical approaches with experiments. The successful candidate will have, or be expected to develop, a record of world-class research commensurate with the international reputation and top-rank research rating of the Department.

The candidate will be expected to contribute exciting and innovative teaching material to our rapidly growing bioengineering courses in the Engineering curriculum, with teaching and administration accounting for approximately 40% of the role. Teaching responsibilities will include contributing to undergraduate courses, supervising undergraduate projects, examining and supervising post-graduate students.

The position is based in the Engineering Department in Cambridge.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

In addition to this, please ensure that you upload the application documentation as follows:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A publications list
  • Statement of professional, teaching and research experience and describe your future research plans (no more than two A4 pages)

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 4 January 2017. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Office (, +44 (0) 1223 332615).

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Michael Sutcliffe (, +44 (0) 1223 332996.

Please quote reference NM09701 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative provides a hub for anyone interested in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge, as well as commercial partners and external collaborators.