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[Closes 28 Jan 2018] PhD Opportunity: Pushing the boundaries of 3D printed mechanisms for open source instrumentation

Sharing designs for lab instruments as “open source hardware” could bring about a step change in science and medicine, by making high quality instruments more widely available and easier to customise or automate. This is an opportunity for a talented student with a background in Physics, Engineering, or a related discipline, to study for a PhD aligned with the "Open Lab Instrumentation" project that includes the Universities of Bath and Cambridge as well as our partners STICLab in Tanzania.

[Closes 28 Jan 2018] PhD Opportunity: Pushing the boundaries of 3D printed mechanisms for open source instrumentation - Read More…

Cambridge Consultants: Senior Scientist – Synthetic Biology

The next technology revolution is coming: the engineering of biology. Cambridge Consultants wants to be at the forefront. They are building a team to work in synthetic biology: applying engineering principles to the design and build of biological systems to create completely new products and services by combining biology, chemistry, engineering, and maths skills.

Cambridge Consultants: Senior Scientist – Synthetic Biology - Read More…

[Closes 24 Nov 2017] Synthetic Biology Events and Communications Co-ordinator

The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) is based in the Department of Plant Sciences and aims to connect academics and others at the interface of biology and engineering through a range of events, funding initiatives and interdisciplinary activities. We are seeking a part-time (0.5FTE) Events and Communications Co-ordinator.

[Closes 24 Nov 2017] Synthetic Biology Events and Communications Co-ordinator - Read More…

[Closes 5 Dec 2017] TRDF: Transformative Research Technologies

Support for early-stage development of cutting edge, high-impact research technologies. Co-funded by EPSRC and MRC

[Closes 5 Dec 2017] TRDF: Transformative Research Technologies - Read More…

[Closes 30 Nov 2017] PhD Internship available: BrisSynBio Innovations Officer

BrisSynBio are looking for an enthusiastic individual to support some of BrisSynBio's innovation activities in 2018. They will develop, organise and participate in the BrisSynBio 4-Day More Business Acumen (MBA) course

[Closes 30 Nov 2017] PhD Internship available: BrisSynBio Innovations Officer - Read More…

[Closes 22 Nov 2017] DNA Foundry Manager (Earlham Institute, Norwich)

Applications are invited for a DNA Foundry Manager to join the Engineering Biology Programme at the Earlham Institute.

[Closes 22 Nov 2017] DNA Foundry Manager (Earlham Institute, Norwich) - Read More…

[Closes 24 Nov 2107] Apply now to the OpenPlant Fund!

[Closes 24 Nov 2107] Apply now to the OpenPlant Fund!

The OpenPlant Fund is now open to proposals for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology. Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach, policy work and training.

[Closes 24 Nov 2107] Apply now to the OpenPlant Fund! - Read More…

[Closes TBC] Synthace Biological Scientist

Synthace is engaged in building a platform to transform the way biology is done. We’re moving biology from manual processes with pipettes and excel spreadsheets to reproducible automated experimentation, traced samples, structured datasets and cutting edge data analysis and AI.

[Closes TBC] Synthace Biological Scientist - Read More…

[Closes 12 Jan 2018] Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training 2018 Cohort is now open for applications

The Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol, Oxford and Warwick. It offers a four-year training programme leading to a PhD. The programme is designed for students with both physical and life sciences backgrounds.

[Closes 12 Jan 2018] Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training 2018 Cohort is now open for applications - Read More…

[Closes 27 Nov 2017] PhD on plant gene regulation

PhD available with Dr Nicola Patron of the Earlham Institute on design principles for synthetic gene regulation - understanding how cis-regulatory functions are encoded in plant DNA.

[Closes 27 Nov 2017] PhD on plant gene regulation - Read More…

[Closes 15 Oct 2017] Tenure-track appointments in Stanford Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University (bioengineering.stanford.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at all levels (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor). Appointments will be made at a rank commensurate with experience and accomplishment. Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline.

[Closes 15 Oct 2017] Tenure-track appointments in Stanford Bioengineering - Read More…

Applications are open for the New Phytologist Tansley Medal

Open to early career scientists, the New Phytologist Tansley Medal is an annual award in recognition of an outstanding contribution to research in plant science

Applications are open for the New Phytologist Tansley Medal - Read More…

Postdoctoral Position in Evolutionary Synthetic Biology

Postdoctoral opening at the University of Lausanne to carry out interdisciplinary research at the interface between synthetic, systems and evolutionary biology.

Postdoctoral Position in Evolutionary Synthetic Biology - Read More…

[Closes 31 Oct 2017] University of Cambridge Lectureship in Synthetic Biology

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge. This is a tenure-track position 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, SBS and across the University, and who are motivated to explore interdisciplinary collaborations.

[Closes 31 Oct 2017] University of Cambridge Lectureship in Synthetic Biology - Read More…

Public Engagement Starter Fund

An exciting opportunity for University of Cambridge researchers to apply for small grants to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities.

Public Engagement Starter Fund - Read More…

The Collusion Commission calls on UK artists, from all disciplines to propose bold new works

The Collusion Commission are looking to commission and present a series of groundbreaking new artworks across the broad spectrum of art, technology and human interaction.

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DSV Gamma Funding Applications Are Now Open

The Deep Science Venture are inviting applicants for funding from Jan 2018. Final year STEM students (Masters, PhD), early to mid career researchers that may already be looking for funding, co-founders or researchers with ideas for launching new companies are welcome to apply for funding

DSV Gamma Funding Applications Are Now Open - Read More…

[Closes 11 Oct 2017] Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers across all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities to develop international interdisciplinary research projects with development impact, in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences.

[Closes 11 Oct 2017] Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects - Read More…

Cambridge Consultant Synthetic Biology PhD Studentship

Cambridge Consultants is building an exciting new business in biotechnology, particularly synthetic biology. They’re working to bring together biology, chemistry and engineering to design and build engineered biological systems. As part of this mission, they're looking for a bright, motivated PhD student to join the team on an internship.

Cambridge Consultant Synthetic Biology PhD Studentship - Read More…

[Closing Date TBC] Postdoctoral Research Fellow on engineering synthetic phage (Jaramillo Lab, Warwick University)

The goal of the Jaramillo lab is to achieve proof of concept for synthetic phages within the next 3 years. By working at the interface of molecular biology, combinatorial optimisation, microfluidics, directed evolution and 3D printing it is hoped that reaching this goal will accelerate more synthetic biology research globally thus enhancing our ability to combat diseases of the future.

[Closing Date TBC] Postdoctoral Research Fellow on engineering synthetic phage (Jaramillo Lab, Warwick University) - Read More…

PDRA position at MIT Media Lab on pattern formation in engineered bacteria

The Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab is seeking a highly motivated and experienced researcher to conduct independent research to develop: a) A computer-aided design (CAD) software environment to simulate pattern formation and emergence informed by synthetically engineered cell behavior. b) A computer-aided design environment to infer regulatory networks for engineered cells based on user-defined constraints.

PDRA position at MIT Media Lab on pattern formation in engineered bacteria - Read More…

[Closes 9 Aug 2017] Opening at the DNA Foundry, Science and Technology Lead Engineering Biology Group

[Closes 9 Aug 2017] Opening at the DNA Foundry, Science and Technology Lead Engineering Biology Group

The Engineering Biology Group at the Earlham Institute are looking for a lead scientist who will establish and manage synthetic biology workflows at the Earlham DNA Foundry

[Closes 9 Aug 2017] Opening at the DNA Foundry, Science and Technology Lead Engineering Biology Group - Read More…

The CRI Paris invites applications for fellowships.

The CRI Paris invites applications for fellowships.

The CRI is looking for motivated, innovative scientists who thrive in dynamic environments, comfortably mix disciplines straddling field boundaries and wish to explore uncharted domains.

The CRI Paris invites applications for fellowships. - Read More…

[Closes 18 July 2017] OpenPlant PDRA: riboswitches for plant and algal biotechnology

Prof. Alison Smith is recruiting for an OpenPlant postdoc position generating novel regulatory elements based on riboswitches for plant and algal biotechnology - apply by 18 July 2017

[Closes 18 July 2017] OpenPlant PDRA: riboswitches for plant and algal biotechnology - Read More…

[Closes 19 June 2017] SynBio SRI seeks Assistant Coordinator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) is based in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. We are seeking a part-time (0.5FTE) Assistant Coordinator who will work closely with the SRI Coordinator, Dr Jenny Molloy, in the research group of Professor Jim Haseloff (SRI Chair).

[Closes 19 June 2017] SynBio SRI seeks Assistant Coordinator (Part Time, Fixed Term) - Read More…

[Closes 21 June 2017] OpenPlant PDRA researching regulatory elements of cyanobacteria

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Prof Christopher Howe's lab as part of the Cambridge OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Centre. OpenPlant is a joint initiative between the University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre, the Sainsbury Laboratory and the Earlham Institute, funded by BBSRC and EPSRC.

[Closes 21 June 2017] OpenPlant PDRA researching regulatory elements of cyanobacteria - Read More…

[Closes 30 June 2017] Research Associate in Nucleic Acid Diagnostics (SynBio/Molecular Biology)

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge has partnered with the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens in Ghana to investigate nucleic acid diagnostics for resource poor countries. A post-doctoral Research Associate position is available with the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology team, University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will spend circa 6-7 months at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge and 5-6 months at the University of Ghana. The project will be under the supervision of Prof. Lisa Hall (Cambridge) and Prof. Gordon Awandare (Ghana).

[Closes 30 June 2017] Research Associate in Nucleic Acid Diagnostics (SynBio/Molecular Biology) - Read More…

[Closes 4 Aug 2017] Call open for EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Awards and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships

[Closes 4 Aug 2017] Call open for EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Awards and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships

The IAA aims to establish closer working partnerships between researchers and business and two schemes of potential relevance to SynBio SRI members are now open to applications

[Closes 4 Aug 2017] Call open for EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Awards and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships - Read More…

[Closes 9 June 2017] POST Parliamentary Academic Fellowships call now open

[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.

[Closes 9 June 2017] POST Parliamentary Academic Fellowships call now open - Read More…

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