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[Apply by 19 July 2019] Research Associate in Pharmaceutical Synthetic Biology at University of Nottingham

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.

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You will be developing a synthetic biologic technology for the on-demand, flexible pharmacy manufacturing in extreme environments. The vision of the project is to develop a cell-free protein expression system from an extremophile that will function within a microfluidic platform that will permit the on-site production of therapeutic proteins. Such technology addresses the question of how effective medical and pharmaceutical care is to be delivered at remote sites such as an emergency relief camp, or to the Antarctic, or on a submarine, or to astronauts on a 3-year mission to Mars. 

You need to have a strong background in synthetic biology approaches, ideally in cell-free protein synthesis, protein production and in protein characterization. You also need to have an appreciation of biopharmaceuticals and methods for their production and storage.  A PhD awarded or submitted (close to completion) in synthetic biology or another relevant field is essential.

This post is offered on a fixed term contract for a period of 24 months; the project must start no later than 1 October 2019. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours).

We pride ourselves on the collegial and supportive culture created by our staff. We are dedicated to creating an environment which enables both our staff to thrive and achieve their potential. Our commitment to Equality and Diversity has been recognised in the awarding of an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Phil Williams (Tel: 0115 95 15025 or email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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