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[Closes 24 Sept '17] Interdisciplinary Science/Policy Researcher to help advance Responsible & Sustainable Biotechnologies GenØk is looking for a candidate with a PhD in social science or humanities to join the newly established RootS team which has grown from the competence of SEED (the Society, Ecology and Ethics Department) in ethical, legal, and social aspects of science and technology.
[Closes 8 Sep 2017] PhD Studentship on Bioengineering non-sugar modifications of saponins (John Innes Centre) Saponins (glycosylated triterpenes) are one of the most numerous and diverse groups of plant natural products. This project is a collaboration with Unilever to engineer triterpenes with optimised physical properties and performance for use in home and personal care products.
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.
[Closes 1 Sep 2017] Plant Synthetic Biology Assistant/Associate Professor (University of Nebraska) Plant Synthetic Biology Assistant/Associate Professor The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is committed to conducting world-class research in plant biochemistry and has recently secured a $20 million Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Grant from the NSF to establish the Center for Root and Rhizobiome Innovation (CRRI). Reflecting the institutional commitment to building infrastructure in plant biochemistry, UNL is seeking applicants for nine-month (academic year) tenure-leading Assistant Professor or Associate Professor faculty position (80% research and 20% teaching) in the Department of Biochemistry and the Center for Plant Science Innovation.
[Closes 22 Aug 2017] Research Associate on open hardware for science (University of Bath) 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. We are looking for a talented researcher with (or soon to be awarded) a PhD in Physics, Engineering, or a related discipline, to work as part of the "Open Lab Instrumentation" project that includes the Universities of Bath and Cambridge as well as our partners STICLab in Tanzania.
[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.
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.
[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 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 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 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 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 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 Summer 2017] 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
[Closes Summer 2017] 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.

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