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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).
[Closes April 20] 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 12 Mar 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.
[Closes 10 Jan 2018] Synthetic Biology Senior Research Laboratory Technician (Part Time, Fixed Term) The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to appoint a technician to carry out experimental work within Professor Alison Smith's research group, supporting several projects in algal synthetic biology and biotechnology. The successful candidate will be involved with generation, maintenance and characterisation of transgenic micro-algae lines.
[Closes 2 Jan 2018] Postdoc in Synthetic Biology at Newcastle University Newcastle University are seeking a highly motivated experimental synthetic biology researcher to join Dr Angel Goñi-Moreno’s team at the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) group and the Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy of Newcastle University. You will work on the project “SynBio3D: Establishing the engineering fundamentals of three-dimensional synthetic biology”.
[Closes 5 Jan 2018] Two post-doctoral fellowships in plant synthetic biology at Colorado State University The Antunes and Medford Research groups at Colorado State University are looking for two (2) post-doctoral fellows to work on a new plant synthetic biology project to produce useful, living biomaterials
[Deadline 15 Dec 2017] Faculty Openings at Northwestern Center for Synthetic Biology The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Center for Synthetic Biology
[Closes Dec 2017] Eligo Bioscience seeking synthetic biologist and related positions Eligo Bioscience are recruiting a new cohort of amazing scientists and executives to work with us on one of the most exciting synthetic biology-based drug-development platforms. To build the next generation of targeted drugs, they are looking for the most talented microbiologists, genome architects, bioengineers, and DNA hackers to join one of their R&D teams
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 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 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 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 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 15 Oct 2017] Tenure-track appointments in Stanford Bioengineering The Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University ( 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.
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.
[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.
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.
[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

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