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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.

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[Apply by 30 April 2019] Development Engineer at Synoptics, Cambridge Synoptics is a Cambridge-based company producing hardware and software for the life sciences sectors. We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic software developer to work on both new and existing software packages, working with various cameras and bespoke hardware. Our products are mainly written in C# (.Net 2.0 to .Net 3.5) utilising our range of .Net components (written in C++).
Two-year Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowship opportunity at the University of Cambridge (Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) We are seeking a posdoctoral chemist, chemical engineer or materials scientist who wishes to gain experience in the application of their research to solve problems in the basic biological and biomedical sciences. They will develop open technologies to increase access to biological research tools for scientists in low-resource contexts. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with hydrogels and nanocomposite materials.
[Open until position filled, priority to applications submitted before 4 April 2019] Programme Leader Track in the Division of Protein & Nucleic Acid Chemistry, MRC, Cambridge The PNAC Division of the MRC LMB invites applications for a tenure-track Group Leader position. We seek an outstanding colleague whose work will complement current research themes in the Division, which include molecular mechanisms of infection and immunity, signalling, DNA repair and replication, synthetic biology, and chemical biology.
[Apply by 30 March 2019] Hardware Engineer for Cytera CellWorks, London Designing systems that grow human cells means creating elegant multidisciplinary solutions that interweave mechanical, electronic, and fluidic systems. We are looking for an exceptional individual who has demonstrated an ability to design from scratch hardware solutions combining mechanical and electronic systems, while keeping in mind short-term and long-term manufacturing strategies. Someone who'd be willing to continuously learn the new knowledge needed to design hardware for non-typical use cases.
[Apply by 30 March 2019] Bioengineer for Cytera CellWorks, London We are looking for an exceptional individual who has demonstrated an ability to bring together deep biological expertise with novel engineering solutions. Someone who'd learn the new skills needed to break down a tough problem into a solvable one.
[Apply by 3 April 2019] Research Associate/Fellow- Synthetic Biologist/Metabolic Engineer at University of Nottingham The Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) at the University of Nottingham is seeking creative and motivated metabolic engineering scientists and/or synthetic biologists to work on developing gas-fermenting microbial chassis for sustainable bioproduction of chemicals and fuels.
ECM High Tech Recruitment Experts seeking Molecular Biochemist/Synthetic Biologist Are you completing your PhD or post-doc, and looking to make your first steps into industry? We’re looking for an Applied Scientist to work on multidisciplinary projects, providing expertise (both theoretical knowledge and practical lab skills) in molecular biochemistry, conjugate-fluorescence chemistry and enzymology.
[Apply by 1 April 2019] Research Associate in Mammalian Synthetic Biology at The University of Edinburgh A fixed term postdoctoral appointment is available within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh to work on the automatic (re)design of synthetic promoters, primarily for mammalian cells, focusing on the control Chimeric Antigen Receptors expression. As part of this project, the successful candidate will develop a microfluidics-based platform to perform high-throughput cell screening and will liaise with the Edinburgh Genome Foundry to build, and automatically model, large libraries of synthetic inducible promoters.
[Apply by 3 April 2019] Postdoctoral Research Associate in Synthetic Biology at University of Oxford Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work under the supervision of Dr Michael Booth on a research project funded by OxSyBio for a period of 12 months in the first instance. The project involves the development of light-activated synthetic cells for drug delivery into mammalian cells.
Deep Learning Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK) is looking for exceptional Researcher candidates in deep learning. Microsoft AI and Research works with the world's best researchers, moving with the current of technology as it rapidly evolves. Together we share the motivation to seek innovative solutions to the world's toughest challenges and improve the lives of people everywhere. The successful applicant would be expected to develop a program of research in deep learning methods, enabling new applications in processing of images, text or other structured data. This is an exceptional opportunity to drive ambitious research while collaborating with product teams in one of the largest software companies in the world.
[Apply by 13 Feb 2019] Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Engineering Complex Traits in Plants) The Earlham Institute (EI) is seeking a skilled Postdoctoral Research Scientist to join the laboratory of Dr Nicola Patron to work on a collaborative project to engineer plant responses to nitrogen availability.
[Apply by 1 March 2019] Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships in Australia The CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships scheme is funded through the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBio FSP). The scheme aims to attract outstanding national and international early- to mid-career post-doctoral researchers (equivalent to Academic Levels A and B, or in exceptional circumstances, Level C) to expand Australian research capacity in synthetic biology. A key element of the SynBio FSP is establishment of a collaborative community of practice extending across CSIRO and Australia, and linking into international efforts in the field.
[Apply by 31 Jan 2019] Postdoctoral Scientist (Genomics) Designing Future Wheat Programme at the Earlham Institute (Norwich) Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scientist (Genomics) to join the Laboratory of Anthony Hall in the Designing Future Wheat Programme at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK. The Earlham Institute (EI) is looking for a highly motivated Bioinformatician or Computational Biologist to join an exciting project in conjunction with the Hall and Swarbreck groups to analyse the wheat pangenome and pantranscriptome. The candidate will work independently, with other group members and national and international collaborators to develop computational tools and pipelines to analyse these large datasets.
[Apply by 6 Feb 2019] Postdoc position with Citizen Sense "AirKit" in Cambridge Dept. of Sociology The Department of Sociology in the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join the European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept funded research project 'AirKit', directed by Professor Jennifer Gabrys. The project is based within the Citizen Sense research project (https://citizensense.net) in the Cambridge Sociology Department. The Research Associate will contribute to the consolidation, testing and further development of an air quality monitoring toolkit for use by diverse communities. The Research Associate will contribute to the planning, coordination and hosting of events, and will conduct collaborative research to contribute to project publications for academic, policy and public audiences.
[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.
[Apply by 3 Feb 2019] Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme BECOME AN AMBASSADOR FOR GOOD SOFTWARE PRACTICE IN YOUR RESEARCH DOMAIN. Our Fellowship Programme funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice. Each Fellow is allocated £3,000 to spend over fifteen months. The funding is flexible to support activities that are beneficial to both the Fellows’ and the Institute’s aims: for instance, to fund travel to conferences, to setup and run workshops, to organise software sustainability sessions at domain conferences, or to host, organise or teach training events.
[Apply by 30 Nov 2018] Colorifix - Computational Synthetic Biologist Colorifix is a startup bringing novel, sustainable and environmentally friendly processes to the textile dyeing industry to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals, and also give large savings in water and energy use. 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.
[Apply by 30 Nov 2018] Colorifix - Synthetic and Microbial Biologist 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.
[Apply by 31 Oct] Research associate sought to develop open toolkit for molecular biology enzyme production Are you a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher who wants to increase global access to research and teaching using molecular biology techniques? Join the Open Bioeconomy Lab at the University of Cambridge to create an open source toolkit for local manufacturing of enzymes for molecular biology research in low-resourced contexts, including low and middle income countries and community labs. The project aims to overcome barriers in accessing these important research tools and build capacity to underpin emerging bioeconomies. You'll join an exciting interdisciplinary community with scope to travel for knowledge exchange activities in Africa and Latin America.
[Apply by 20 Sept 2018] University of Toronto PDF for Engineering Applications in Synthetic Biology The Pardee (www.pardeelab.org) and Sinton Labs (www.sintonlab.com) at the University of Toronto are seeking a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in engineering devices for biological applications. The proposed project aims to develop a novel fluid-handling device to manipulate synthetic biology reactions, control temperature and perform optical monitoring. This position is unique as it emphasizes the confluence of engineering design principles with an understanding of biological systems in order to develop accurate, automated, and commercialization-ready units. This exciting position provides the opportunity to engage with both the design and development stages of the device, as well as with its practical implementation for scaling clinically relevant gene circuit-based reactions.
[Apply by 20 Sept 2018] University of Toronto hiring postdoctoral fellow (synthetic biology and human health) The Pardee Lab (www.pardeelab.org) at the University of Toronto is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with research experience with molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology. Our lab specializes in cell-free synthetic biology, which uses freeze-dried biochemical reactions to operate genetically encoded tools outside of the lab in a biosafe format. Our efforts have led to the development of synthetic gene network-based diagnostics (e.g. Ebola and Zika viruses) and a portable platform for the on-site manufacture of protein-based drugs (e.g. vaccines, antibodies). We are now advancing these technologies in new directions and are looking for a postdoctoral fellow that shares our passion for innovation, practical applications and ultimately commercialization of new biotechnologies. The selected candidate will develop synthetic biology applications for human health as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers.
Job openings for Anaerobic Microbiology team in Paris, France with Eligo Bioscience Eligo Bioscience is a VC_backed biotech startup, cofounded by professors and scientists from MIT and Rockefeller. The company is developing next-gen therapeutics for precision microbiome engineering and bacteria-associated diseases. Our technology is based on the delivery of genetic circuits to the microbiome via engineers phase particles.
[Apply by 8 Oct 2018] Research Assistant/Associate to investigate rapid coliform identification using low-cost optical microscopy Applications are invited for a research assistant/associate working at the University of Cambridge together with a University spinout, to develop low-cost solutions to identifying contaminated water for refugee camps in the developing world. The post holder will work between the groups of Dr Mark Holmes and Professor Jeremy Baumberg at the Departments of Veterinary Medicine and Physics and with WaterScope (www.waterscope.org )
Cambridge Glycoscience seeking synthetic biologist for R&D programme Applications are invited from talented and passionate scientists for a position leading Cambridge Glycoscience’s synthetic biology R&D programme. Cambridge Glycoscience is a food technology start-up. Our mission is to tackle the greatest public health crisis of modern times - excessive sugar consumption. We do this by creating functional, nutritional, and economic substitutes for sugar that function across the food industry, using cutting edge synthetic biology approaches. We operate across the value chain from lab bench and industrial production all the way to the kitchen and consumers. We have strong connections to the University of Cambridge’s Biochemistry Department.
[Apply by 1 Oct 2018] Rice University seeks multiple faculty members working in synthetic biology As part of the Vision for the Second Century (V2C2), which is focused on investments in research excellence, Rice University seeks multiple faculty members, preferable at the assistant professor level, starting as early as July 1, 2019, in the areas of Synthetic Biology. Successful candidates will lead dynamic, innovative, and independent research programs supported by external funding, and will excel in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, while embracing Rice’s culture of excellence and diversity.
Innovate UK launches £400k competition to woo more female innovators [Apply by 3 Oct 2018] Innovate UK has launched a £400k funding competition to help identify and encourage more female entrepreneurs and has urged Cambridge and East of England women to get involved. The vision is to get more women involved in shaping the future face of innovation to the broader benefit of the economy.
[Apply by 16 Sept 2018] Centre for the Study of Existential Risk: Postdoc Position in Bio-Risk The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in bio-risk. CSER's approach to the study of extreme and existential risks emphasises interdisciplinarity and engagement with policy and technology communities.
[Apply by 13 August 2018] Contractor for Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK The biological computation group at Microsoft Research, Cambridge is building a platform for programming biology by developing the software, hardware, and biological tools required to improve the workflows for engineering biological systems. In our biological wet lab we are performing synthetic biology experiments in order to understand how genetic devices function in bacterial cells. We are looking for an experienced biological laboratory technician to perform biological experiments and support the work of a team of world-leading researchers and engineers.
[Apply by 8 July 2018] Summer internships available! Biomakespace biology and engineering programmes Biomakespace is a not-for-profit social enterprise establishing a community laboratory for lifelong learning, curiosity driven research, entrepreneurship and public engagement at the interface of biology and engineering. We are offering 10-week paid internships in our Biology and Engineering Programmes to help build the foundations for our work and get involved with technical projects, public engagement, training and business development in this innovative environment. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and proactive with excellent communication skills and have some experience in a biology lab or engineering workshop respectively. Interests in informal science education, maker spaces, open science, DIY science and public engagement are all desirable.
[Apply by 10 July 2018] Post Doc Researcher - Platform Design and Development at Microsoft Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position based at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, to work on a platform for biological modelling and automated laboratory experimentation. The successful applicant will extend computational methods being developed in the Biological Computation group and collaborate with scientists in leading academic institutions. The goal of the project is to accelerate biological research by integrating automated liquid handling, data tracking and computational modelling, to increase biological understanding through iterative cycles of modelling and experimentation. This methodology will be applied to research on understanding the formation of bacterial biofilms.

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