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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge

 

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.

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  • Deadline: 31st May 2020

  • Salary: £35,477 – £43,734

  • Position Type: Full time, fixed term

  • Location: Imperial College, London

  • Duration: 36 months

Job summary

We are seeking to employ a postdoctoral researcher on a 36-month contract to work in the research group of Prof Tom Ellis in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology. The selected researcher will join an internationally-regarded, diverse and inclusive team working on developing cutting-edge tools for synthetic biology and applying these to bioengineering challenges in key areas such as healthcare, biotechnology and the circular economy.

This EPSRC-funded role available is for a research associate to work on creating novel grown composite materials through a combination of microbial synthetic biology methods and protein polymer design approaches. The project builds upon Ellis Lab work developing synthetic biology tools that control yeast and bacteria microbes to produce protein and cellulose materials. The project aims to produce a new class of grown materials that can programmably react to their environment in ways designed and tuned at the DNA level. The project will run in close-collaboration with an NSF-funded team of experts in yeast protein secretion in California, USA, and travel to their site will be an essential part of the research.

Duties and responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be experienced with microbial synthetic biology (bacteria, Baker’s yeast or Pichia yeast) and have relevant expertise with protein secretion optimisation and protein polymer design and characterisation. Knowledge of machine learning approaches for optimising protein expression and design will be advantageous.

Essential requirements

This post offers an excellent opportunity for academic career advancement in Europe’s number one hub for synthetic biology. Imperial College’s synthetic biology facilities are second-to-none, and include a DNA Foundry and SynBiCITE, a dedicated centre for translating lab research into synthetic biology start-ups.

Applicants must have a PhD in synthetic biology, microbial biotechnology (or equivalent) for appointment at Research Associate level. Applicants close to completion of their PhDs will also be considered where experience is directly relevant. Please see the job description and person specification document associated with this advert for the full list of criteria.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for 36 months.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

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