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[Apply by 20 Sept 2018] University of Toronto PDF for Engineering Applications in Synthetic Biology The Pardee ( and Sinton Labs ( at the University of Toronto are seeking a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in engineering devices for biological applications. The proposed project aims to develop a novel fluid-handling device to manipulate synthetic biology reactions, control temperature and perform optical monitoring. This position is unique as it emphasizes the confluence of engineering design principles with an understanding of biological systems in order to develop accurate, automated, and commercialization-ready units. This exciting position provides the opportunity to engage with both the design and development stages of the device, as well as with its practical implementation for scaling clinically relevant gene circuit-based reactions.
[Apply by 20 Sept 2018] University of Toronto hiring postdoctoral fellow (synthetic biology and human health) The Pardee Lab ( at the University of Toronto is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with research experience with molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology. Our lab specializes in cell-free synthetic biology, which uses freeze-dried biochemical reactions to operate genetically encoded tools outside of the lab in a biosafe format. Our efforts have led to the development of synthetic gene network-based diagnostics (e.g. Ebola and Zika viruses) and a portable platform for the on-site manufacture of protein-based drugs (e.g. vaccines, antibodies). We are now advancing these technologies in new directions and are looking for a postdoctoral fellow that shares our passion for innovation, practical applications and ultimately commercialization of new biotechnologies. The selected candidate will develop synthetic biology applications for human health as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers.
Job openings for Anaerobic Microbiology team in Paris, France with Eligo Bioscience Eligo Bioscience is a VC_backed biotech startup, cofounded by professors and scientists from MIT and Rockefeller. The company is developing next-gen therapeutics for precision microbiome engineering and bacteria-associated diseases. Our technology is based on the delivery of genetic circuits to the microbiome via engineers phase particles.
[Apply by 8 Oct 2018] Research Assistant/Associate to investigate rapid coliform identification using low-cost optical microscopy Applications are invited for a research assistant/associate working at the University of Cambridge together with a University spinout, to develop low-cost solutions to identifying contaminated water for refugee camps in the developing world. The post holder will work between the groups of Dr Mark Holmes and Professor Jeremy Baumberg at the Departments of Veterinary Medicine and Physics and with WaterScope ( )
Cambridge Glycoscience seeking synthetic biologist for R&D programme Applications are invited from talented and passionate scientists for a position leading Cambridge Glycoscience’s synthetic biology R&D programme. Cambridge Glycoscience is a food technology start-up. Our mission is to tackle the greatest public health crisis of modern times - excessive sugar consumption. We do this by creating functional, nutritional, and economic substitutes for sugar that function across the food industry, using cutting edge synthetic biology approaches. We operate across the value chain from lab bench and industrial production all the way to the kitchen and consumers. We have strong connections to the University of Cambridge’s Biochemistry Department.
[Apply by 1 Oct 2018] Rice University seeks multiple faculty members working in synthetic biology As part of the Vision for the Second Century (V2C2), which is focused on investments in research excellence, Rice University seeks multiple faculty members, preferable at the assistant professor level, starting as early as July 1, 2019, in the areas of Synthetic Biology. Successful candidates will lead dynamic, innovative, and independent research programs supported by external funding, and will excel in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, while embracing Rice’s culture of excellence and diversity.
Innovate UK launches £400k competition to woo more female innovators [Apply by 3 Oct 2018] Innovate UK has launched a £400k funding competition to help identify and encourage more female entrepreneurs and has urged Cambridge and East of England women to get involved. The vision is to get more women involved in shaping the future face of innovation to the broader benefit of the economy.
[Apply by 16 Sept 2018] Centre for the Study of Existential Risk: Postdoc Position in Bio-Risk The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in bio-risk. CSER's approach to the study of extreme and existential risks emphasises interdisciplinarity and engagement with policy and technology communities.
[Apply by 13 August 2018] Contractor for Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK The biological computation group at Microsoft Research, Cambridge is building a platform for programming biology by developing the software, hardware, and biological tools required to improve the workflows for engineering biological systems. In our biological wet lab we are performing synthetic biology experiments in order to understand how genetic devices function in bacterial cells. We are looking for an experienced biological laboratory technician to perform biological experiments and support the work of a team of world-leading researchers and engineers.
[Apply by 8 July 2018] Summer internships available! Biomakespace biology and engineering programmes Biomakespace is a not-for-profit social enterprise establishing a community laboratory for lifelong learning, curiosity driven research, entrepreneurship and public engagement at the interface of biology and engineering. We are offering 10-week paid internships in our Biology and Engineering Programmes to help build the foundations for our work and get involved with technical projects, public engagement, training and business development in this innovative environment. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and proactive with excellent communication skills and have some experience in a biology lab or engineering workshop respectively. Interests in informal science education, maker spaces, open science, DIY science and public engagement are all desirable.
[Apply by 10 July 2018] Post Doc Researcher - Platform Design and Development at Microsoft Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position based at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, to work on a platform for biological modelling and automated laboratory experimentation. The successful applicant will extend computational methods being developed in the Biological Computation group and collaborate with scientists in leading academic institutions. The goal of the project is to accelerate biological research by integrating automated liquid handling, data tracking and computational modelling, to increase biological understanding through iterative cycles of modelling and experimentation. This methodology will be applied to research on understanding the formation of bacterial biofilms.
[Apply by 1 July 2018] Ensembl Plants Project Leader at EMBL-EBI The EMBL-EBI is seeking a project leader to join the Non-vertebrate Genomics Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. The appointee will be responsible for the development of the Ensembl Plants resource.
[Appy by 11 June 2018] Research Associate - CRISPR Genome Editing Development at CRUK CI, University of Cambridge At CRUK Cambridge Institute, we perform world leading science which focuses on positively impacting cancer patients' lives. In the Pre-Clinical Genome Editing team, our mission is to make meaningful advances to understand and treat cancer. We use cutting edge technologies to create authentic models of disease for study, and to gain novel biological insight. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, you will expand the capability of our specialised Genome Editing team, allowing us to develop novel technologies and to deliver a broad spectrum of User-driven projects. You will aggressively drive the innovation and application of Genome Editing technologies in translational research. A key focus will be to establish and translate emerging or novel technologies to an in vivo setting, prototyping and working up new methodologies in vitro, and building upon our functional genomics capabilities.
Venture Creation Weekend: BIOTECH AND HEALTHCARE 1-3 JUNE Do you have an idea for a biotech or healthcare venture that you’d like to develop? Would you like to work on that idea with a group of like-minded peers? Are you interested in joining a startup team? The next Venture Creation Weekend (VCW) offers an exciting opportunity to translate your idea, application or innovation into a real venture with the support of mentors from AstraZeneca and industry experts from the Cambridge ecosystem.
[Apply by 28 May 2018] Call for applications! Second Latin American Summit of Young Leaders in Biotechnology Allbiotech is looking for young Latin American biotechnologists between 18 and 35 years to submit their application to be part of the Second Latin American Summit of Young Leaders in Biotechnology. We are going to select the 100 most outstanding applications to attend the Summit, which will be held in Guanajuato, Mexico in November 2018.
Postdoc Opportunity in Synthetic Biology in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London This challenging and innovative project aims at manipulating microorganisms in order to create synthetic communities or ecosystems with enhanced capacities for bioproduction and biotechnology. The project will combine the creation of novel synthetic biology tools to generate emergent behaviours at population level as well as their use for industrial applications. The project is BBSRC funded for 36 months, and we are aiming to start by 20th August.
Cambridge Display Technology seeking life scientist in Godmanchester CDT currently requires a Scientist to support its technology scouting and innovation team in identifying new research themes and projects within the field of Life Sciences.
[Closes 29 April 2018] Postdoc Fellow position in Pre-Clinical Genome Editing The CRUK Cambridge Institute performs world leading science which focuses on positively impacting cancer patients' lives. The Pre-Clinical Genome Editing team focuses on making meaningful advances to understand and treat cancer, using cutting edge technologies to create authentic models of disease for study, and gaining novel biological insight.
Start-up Opportunity for Recent Engineering Grad An exciting opportunity for a recent Engineering grad to work with a young and up-and-coming start-up company. As part of research development, POM is interested in creating an IoT demo device for insect tracking an quantification and could use some engineering help.
[Apply by 18 April] Seeking Bioengineering Readers/Professors at Imperial College, London Are you an exceptional academic with expertise in the area of Bioengineering? Would you like to join a department which is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally? If so, then this exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity may be the next career path for you.
Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) in Paris seeks group leaders to join the Collaborary The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) experiments and spreads new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in life, learning and digital sciences. The CRI is seeking candidates at different career stages, from postdoctoral young investigators to tenured scientists. Calls are now open for Core (5 year), Long-term (1-3 years) and Short-term (3-6 months fellows).
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 and the Synthetic Biology SRI. We are looking for a coordinator for 10 weeks Jun-Sep 2018 (the long vacation period) to take responsibility for supporting the participating teams and managing online communications and social media
[Closes 22 March] New Lectureships in Biological Sciences - Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Synthetic Biology : Edinburgh, United Kingdom The University of Edinburgh is an exciting, vibrant, research led academic community offering opportunities to work with leading international academics whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world.
Postdoc representatives sought for University's Open Research Working Group The Open Research Working Group will convene in 2018 to define and develop the University’s approach to open research, including open access to publications and open research data. The working group is seeking two postdoc representatives with some background or interest in open research, one from STEM and one from AHSS.
[Closes 30 May 2018] OpenPlant and SynBio SRI seek new Coordinator - apply now! The University of Cambridge is seeking a Co-ordinator for two Synthetic Biology research initiatives. The role-holder would work 50% to support the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre and 50% with the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative (SynBio SRI).
[Closes 20 Feb 2018] Synthetic Biology Postdoc at Earlham Institute OpenPlant PI Dr Nicola Patron is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to work on a European Research Area (ERA) CoBioTech collaborative project based in the Patron Lab at the Earlham Institute.
Job Opportunities at Singer Instruments Singer Instruments are seeking three early-career biologists.
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.
[Closes 26 Feb 2018] The Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Programme The Borysiewicz Fellowships will take outstanding Cambridge postdocs and develop them into motivated, strategic future leaders ready to pursue a range of global questions and problems. The programme will provide a unique mixture of purposeful and outcome-driven engagement opportunities for postdocs both within and outside their area of expertise, which will develop their skills as leaders and lead to a chance to pursue truly independent work on novel ideas.
[Closes 31 Jan 2018] Research Associate in Synthetic Biology at Imperial College The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and dynamic Research Associate to join the Imperial Centre for Synthetic Biology (IC-CSynB), on a fixed-term position. The appointee will provide theoretical modelling and design expertise within the centre.

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