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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge

 

Funding, job and studentship opportunities in synthetic biology both within Cambridge and externally.

Opportunities by Category

Funding Opportunities: internal and external grant funding opportunities and other sources of funding.

Job Opportunities: a list of current and past postdoc, lecturer and senior academic roles as well as roles in Cambridge-based companies and other members of the SynBio SRI network.

Internships: placements outside of academia in industry, policy organisations and other environments. 

Postgraduate studentships: PhD studentships, Masters courses and other postgraduate placement opportunities.

Undergraduate placement opportunities: if you are looking for a summer placement or Part II or Part III project, we can signpost to relevant synthetic biology labs based on your interests. Please email .

Opportunities with the SynBio SRI

If you are interested in biological engineering and particularly novel forms of IP, open source technologies, regulation of emerging biotechnologies, responsible research and innovation, public engagement and related topics then we have internal opportunities:

  1. Knowledge Transfer Internships: We are investigating open source approaches to biology, from promoting off-patent technologies to developing new legal tools for material transfers to reviewing potential business models. Internships could be practical e.g. building software solutions or research-driven via literature reviews, surveys and interviews.
  2. Policy Internships: Current policy foci include topics such as gene drive, de-extinction and conservation,sustainable agriculture and the circular economy. Internships in this area would typically involve developing briefing papers and planning policy fora with key individuals and organisations.
  3. Public Engagement Internships: We are developing low-cost protocols and open educational materials for use in schools and with adult groups. Interns would lead the development, documentation and design of public engagement activities. 

We do not currently have funding for internships, but if you don't have your own source of funding (e.g. PIPS), we are happy to help seek and apply for funding with you.

All Opportunities

Funding and stipend available for postdocs seeking to develop and prototype research projects through interactions with CRI Researchers. 3-6 month position.

Funding of up to 300,000€ for tenured scientists within the French academic system who are seeking a home to develop, expand their research focus or jump start a new research program at the CRI Université de Paris.

Funding of up to 300,000€  for research leaders who are seeking a home to develop, expand their research focus or jump start a new research program at the CRI, Université de Paris.

Funding of up to 500,000€  for research leaders who are seeking a home to develop, expand their research focus or jump start a new research program at the CRI, Université de Paris.

Postdoc position available in the lab of Dr Sam Rodrigues at the Applied Biotechnology Laboratory, Francis Crick Institute, London. Working to develop breakthrough technologies that can be deployed widely to accelerate biology, neuroscience, and medicine.

Up to 3 million euros funding to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

Up to £20,000 funding for early stage companies and academic entrepreneurs who want to commercialise their technologies to make a societal impact.

Postdoc position available in the Choudhary group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR), University of Copenhagen. Working to understand the epigenetic basis of gene transcription in embryonic stem cells.

Postdoc position available in the lab of Prof. Rob Ewers at Imperial College London (Silwood Park Campus). Working to a craete a general ecosystem model replicating all physical and biotic components of the rainforest ecosystem.

Postdoc position available in the lab of Dr James Locke at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Working on microbial systems biology​.

Postdoc position available in the lab of Dr Lorenzo Di Michele at Imperial College London. Working at the exciting interface between DNA nanotechnology and synthetic biology.

Opportunbity available to provide technical support to Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC)-Nottingham research projects. PhD not required.

Up to £1 million for projects that address research issues that impact the development of exascale software and algorithms.

Opportunity for a postdoctoral research scientist with strong experience in molecular and synthetic biology to join the Technology Development Team at Cambridge-based start-up bit-bio.

Opportunity for a postdoctoral research scientist at Cambridge-based start-up Isomerase. Working to develop the next generation of microbially-derived products.

Senior Scientist position available for postdoc experienced in molecular biology. Cambridge-based start-up focused on stem cell and synthetic biology.

Postdoc position in the lab of Prof. Riccardo Levato at the Biofabrication Regenerative Medicine Center Utrecht, the Netherlands. Working on volumetric bioprinting and synthetic biology for pancreas biofabrication.

PhD Studentship available in the lab of Dr Richard Gill at Imperial College London. Working to develop remote sensing technologies to reveal pollination signatures in real-time.

New program to help graduate students develop important professional skills to complement their academic education and improve job-readiness.

Postdoc position available in the lab of Prof. Natalio Krasnogor at the University of Nottingham. Working on on barcoding and watermarking living cells​.

Opportunity for post-graduate students, postdocs and staff to join Easter term i-Teams projects exploring bio-inspired robotics, 3D data visualisation and improved cancer treatments.

Associate Professor of Synthetic Biology postion available at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. 20% teaching, 80% research.

These awards provide up to £100,000 over two years and a personalised package of career support to help newly independent biomedical scientists to launch their research careers.

Short-term postdoc postion available in the lab of Prof. Nigel Minton at the University of Nottingham. Working to develop a gas-fermenting microbial chassis for sustainable bioproduction of chemicals and fuels in Cupriavidus necator

Postdoc postion available in the lab of Prof. Nigel Minton at the University of Nottingham. Working to develop a gas-fermenting microbial chassis for sustainable bioproduction of chemicals and fuels in Clostridium autoethanogenum.

Up to €1.5 million for postdocs with 2-7 years experience to start their own reserach group.

Short-term postdoc postion available in the lab of Prof. Jamie Davies at the University of Edinburgh. Working to improve renal tissue engineering by a range of techniques including synthetic biological.

Up to £10 million for UK universities to set up a Leverhulme Research Centre for outstanding original research aspiring to achieve a step-change in scholarship.

Opportunity to improve your communiaction skills by pitching your research to a public audience in 3mins. National competition including mentoring and £1000 prize.

About

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

We promote interdisciplinary exchange in the field of synthetic biology through a regular event series and by funding projects at the intersection of biology, engineering, computing and design. Find out more about SynBio IRC events and opportunities below.

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