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[Apply by 15 Jan 2019] Post-doctoral researcher to develop local manufacturing facility for molecular biology enzymes in Kumasi, Ghana

A position is available for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to develop a local manufacturing facility for molecular biology enzymes in Kumasi, Ghana. The project aims to overcome barriers in accessing these important research tools and build capacity to underpin emerging bioeconomies. The successful applicant will join the Biolab Team at Kumasi Hive, collaborating closely with the Open Bioeconomy Lab at the University of Cambridge. The project will focus on implementing and optimising protocols for affordable manufacturing and purification of DNA polymerases and other enzymes. The position will start in Feb 2019.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in molecular biology including a PhD in a relevant area (or have submitted a PhD by the time of appointment). Experience with cell-free and in vivo protein expression and purification, synthetic biology approaches, protocol optimisation and quality assurance will be advantageous. An interest in open source technologies, sustainable development and frugal innovation is encouraged.


This is a fixed-term position: The funds for this post are available for 6 months, with potential for an extension to 28 Feb 2020.


To apply online for this vacancy, please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter to Dr Jenny Molloy and Jorge Appiah via by the deadline of 15 January. Informal enquiries are encouraged before submitting an application

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