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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge

 

Job opportunities will be advertised here with a focus on jobs at the University of Cambridge and in local companies. Opportunities will be included in the SRI newsletter. If you'd like your vacancy listed here please contact the SRI Coordinator on synbio@hermes.cam.ac.uk.

Job Listing

Protein Scientist position available at biotech startup Nuclera, Cambridge. Developing biopolymer synthesis technologies. Would suit newly qualified PhD graduate.

Research Associate position available exploring scientific practices, ethics, commercialisation, automation, sustainability, regulation and policy in synthetic biology. Under the supervision of Prof. Philip Shapira at the University of Manchester.

Research technician position available at biotech startup Deep Branch, Nottingham. Working in carbon recycling and sustainable animal feed production. Suitable for BSc/MSc.

Position available as a Metabolic Engineer at British American Tobacco, Southampton. Covers areas of synthetic biology, plant biology, metabolic engineering and computational biology.

Post-doctoral researcher position available at Microsoft Research. Developing new and augment existing machine learning methods for applications in the life sciences (e.g., in medical image analysis or drug design and manufacturing).

Post-doctoral senior research associate position available in the lab of Prof Natalio Krasnogor, Newcastle University. Working on engineered information processing in cells.

Opportunity for a highly experienced and established scientific leader to lead molecular biology and genetic engineering at biotech startup Bit Bio.

Opportunity for a PDRA or graduating PhD student looking to apply their Molecular Biology expertise to join the “tech meets bio” revolution.

Post-doctoral research associate position in the lab of Prof Erwin Reisner at the University of Cambridge. Developing strategies for the integration of electroactive microbes in bespoke photoelectrodes (ERC) and the coupling of bacteria to synthetic light absorbers.

Post-doctoral research associate position in the lab of Prof Tom Ellis at Imperial College London. Working on creating novel grown composite materials through a combination of microbial synthetic biology methods and protein polymer design approaches.

Up to £300,000 to support researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills.

Up to £1M to support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group.

The main responsibilities are:
Analysing a range of data using a range of bioinformatics techniques and approaches. Development of novel software solutions for the Beacon Research Community. Writing manuscripts and involvement in the development of research output. Training and knowledge exchange.

Postgraduate internship with a precision microbiome editing company harnessing SynBio. The role will be Cambridge based with the possibility of visiting our offices in London. No salary, but CC Bio are keen for the candidate to become a valued member of the team.

Isomerase is an innovative, growing biotechnology company based at Chesterford Research Park near Cambridge, UK. It was founded in 2012 and has particular expertise in synthetic biology, bioengineering and the discovery and development of the next generation of microbial natural products and peptides.

Isomerase is an innovative, growing biotechnology company based at Chesterford Research Park near Cambridge, UK. It was founded in 2012 and has particular expertise in synthetic biology, bioengineering and the discovery and development of the next generation of microbial natural products and peptide

LabGenius is looking for a Bioinformatician to play a critical role in building our cutting-edge platform to discover revolutionary medicines using machine learning.

The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University (https://sips.cals.cornell.edu) invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Plant Synthetic Biology. Plant Synthetic Biology is an emerging field that combines engineering principles with plant biology. Plant synthetic biology will play an important role in the future of agriculture for traditional crop improvement, in enabling synthesis of novel products of nutritional, pharmaceutical or other values, as well as in fundamental understanding of plant biological processes. The new faculty member will be expected to develop a strong, internationally recognized program in plant synthetic biology. Examples of relevant research topics include, but are not limited to: i) the engineering of genetic circuits to program predictable plant behavior and traits, ii) the generation of novel traits to improve crop plant productivity, iii) transforming plants, cyanobacteria, or algae into platforms that synthesize chemicals and complex biomolecules by reconfiguring existing biosynthetic pathways or incorporating newly designed pathways from other organisms, iv) engineering and introducing in planta biosensors for rapid detection and high-throughput phenotyping of biotic (e.g. viruses, bacteria, fungi, natural products) and abiotic (e.g. temperature, chemicals, toxins) factors from the sub-cellular to whole-organism scale.

Evonetix is a start-up company which is set to revolutionize de novo gene synthesis, as needed to facilitate the fast-growing and incredibly exciting field of synthetic biology. Our technology is based upon a novel silicon array, manufactured with semiconductor microfabrication techniques and capable of independent control of many thousands of miniaturized reaction sites, allowing massive parallelism of the DNA synthesis process

We are seeking a synthetic biologist highly experienced in DNA and gene assembly techniques, and optimization of biochemical processes.

You will join the growing team developing our enzymatic DNA synthesis technology, based in the Cambridge Science Park. This role would suit a keen and enthusiastic, recently qualified PhD graduate who is energised by solving biological and biochemical problems, as well as an experienced researcher who is looking for challenges. To thrive in this role you should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, willing to take on responsibility, and excited to engage with the team to solve important challenges.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRA) to join our interdisciplinary team on an exciting collaborative project between the Soyer (UK) and Wenying (US) research groups and funded by the BBSRC and the NSF and will be looking to strengthen the team with another post to be hired next year. These two PDRAs will be responsible for establishing quantitative methods for measuring cellular microenvironment and metabolic excretions, and using the resulting data to develop a biophysical model of cellular metabolism. The two positions will be overlapped in this 4-year project, allowing transfer of skills and expertise. Both PDRAs will have a working understanding of systems and synthetic biology approaches, and should ideally have experience both in modelling and experimental methods.

Applications are invited for an independent, forward thinking research technician. You will be of a creative mind and motivated in your work as you undertake technical and research support. You will be expected to deliver the goals and milestones of the Wellcome Trust SEED project entitled ‘Characterisation of an alkaloid natural product family for novel antitumor agents’ ensuring the success of the project. The project will have a specific focus which will involve assembling large biosynthetic gene clusters using synthetic biology to recombinantly make the target natural product. This post is currently funded for two years, and is under the supervision of Dr Simon Moore, and will require you to work with other collaborating partners in academia.

Applications are invited to complete the synthetic biology element of a 2-year Innovate UK-funded position which runs to 30 June 2020, forming part of a £1.6M Innovate UK project, in collaboration with Lucite International and Ingenza. The aim is to develop a bio-manufacturing process for methyl methacrylate, the monomer used to manufacture Perspex and a wide range of other materials, using metabolically engineered microorganisms. The project builds on our successful development of metabolically engineered biocatalysts of methyl methacrylate precursors and seeks to develop and implement an innovative bioprocess with simplified product recovery. The project provides exciting career opportunities, to be amongst the first to move synthetic biology from the lab to the manufacturing plant.

Colorifix is a startup bringing novel, sustainable and environmentally friendly processes to the textile dyeing industry to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals, while saving on water and energy. Colorifix has been recognised by winning awards in both synthetic biology and fashion with our technology on public display in the Victoria and Albert museum’s Future of Fashion section of the Fashioned from Nature exhibition.

As part of the exciting new research area of astropharmacy, we are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic synthetic biologist for a Research Associate/Fellow post within the Division of Molecular Therapeutics and Formulation.

The University of Manchester is seeking a skilled researcher with a PhD and postdoctoral experience (or equivalent) to work effectively across the SYNBIOCHEM platforms and the Centre’s multiple science programmes on microbial strain engineering.

This position provides an opportunity to join the University of Manchester’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre SYNBIOCHEM: a Centre of Excellence for the Synthetic Biology of fine and speciality chemicals production that is harnessing synthetic biology approaches for next generation biotechnology. SYNBIOCHEM is generating state-of-the-art tools and expertise to drive academic discovery and translate new knowledge and processes towards industrial exploitation.

Are you keen to develop you project and people management skills in one of the most fast moving areas of biomedical research: lab automation and synthetic biology? We are looking for a molecular biologist, with extensive project and people management skills, to drive forward an automated genome assembly platform – Edinburgh’s Genome Foundry.

A postdoctoral position is available at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (WSI) to advance research in human genome synthetic genomics. This position will be led by Prof. Patrick Yizhi Cai (University of Manchester, www.cailab.org) as part of the Institute’s new Synthetic Genomics Initiative working within the Institute’s Cancer section. The role will coordinate with ongoing research in cancer genomics, and new research in designing and implementing synthetic genomics methods for the human genome. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to develop and demonstrate state-of-the-art methods for using genome engineering and genomic synthesis to synthetically design, synthesize and characterize synthetic mitochondrial genomes. As the goal is focused on showcasing technology development, there will be substantial freedom for the postdoc to guide the research of the project.

We are seeking highly innovative organic chemists with the experience and drive necessary to develop our ground-breaking new platform for DNA synthesis. As a member of the chemistry team, you will play a key role in the design and synthesis of the highly novel organic molecules required for the synthesis of DNA in a massively parallel fashion. You will also be involved in the development of the automated chemistry processes that will underpin our technology.

These are very exciting roles at the cutting edge of biotechnology and synthetic biology. You will be working as part of a closely knit multidisciplinary team of engineers, physicists, surface chemists, software engineers and biologists, and so will possess a willingness to rapidly learn the new skills required to develop this radical new technology.

We are seeking a synthetic biologist highly experienced in DNA and gene assembly techniques. You will join the growing team developing our enzymatic DNA synthesis technology, based in the Cambridge Science Park. This role would suit a keen and enthusiastic, recently qualified PhD graduate who is energised by solving biological and biochemical problems, as well as an experienced researcher who is looking for challenges. To thrive in this role you should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, willing to take on responsibility, and excited to engage with the team to solve important challenges.