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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge


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We are seeking to appoint a BrisSynBio Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation. This is a full-time, fixed term post for two years.

The Herchel Smith Professorship of Biochemistry is one of two established and fully endowed Professorships within the Biochemistry department and is funded by a generous bequest from the eponymous Anglo-American Organic Chemist.

The Department of Physics invites applications for a University Lectureship in biological physics, to commence on 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This area of activity is a growing and strategic priority for the Department, underpinned by current research efforts in soft matter and theory of biological systems, and ranging to applications in new biophysical technologies and medical applications.

Applications are invited for the next round of University of Cambridge/ Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowships.

The scheme is aimed at post-doctoral candidates with backgrounds in the physical sciences (incl. engineering, mathematics and computer sciences) who wish to gain experience in the application of their research to solve problems in the basic biological and biomedical sciences.

Applications are invited for a Readership in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge. This is a tenure-track position at a level equivalent to Associate Professor and will be based in the Department of Engineering and is supported by the School of Biological Sciences (SBS).

As part of the OpenPlant Project ( the Webb Lab in Department of Plant Science, University of Cambridge are looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to engineer circadian rhythms in the model plant Marchantia.

A four-year PhD studentship is available in Anne Osbourne's lab at the John Innes Centre, Norwich entitled 'Directing biosynthesis of bioactive triterpenes for pharmaceutical applications'

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the group of Professor Yolanda Schaerli, Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland to build synthetic gene regulatory networks in E. coli.

The Department of Plant Sciences hosts significant synthetic biology research including OpenPlant and the SynBio SRI. It is currently welcoming independent research fellows who wish to apply to join the Department.

The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) is based in the Department of Plant Sciences. We are seeking a part-time (0.5FTE) Administrative Assistant who will work closely with the SRI Co-ordinator, Dr Jenny Molloy, in the research group of Professor Jim Haseloff (SRI Chair).

Symbiolab, Institute IRNAS in Slovenia seeks postdoctoral candidates for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to develop open source 3D-bioprinter

The Synthetic Biology Group at the Earlham Institute currently have an opportunity for an outstanding post-doctoral scientist within our Synthetic Biology Group. The candidate must have a comprehensive understanding of the principles of genomics and molecular biology, and be proficient in techniques used in the design and construction of genetic circuits.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Professor Paul Dupree, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, to study plant cell wall polysaccharide engineering.

The Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering (ACBE) at UCL seeks to appoint a talented scientist or engineer in the area of Synthetic Biology to develop a deeper understanding of biological systems and their design to enhance bioprocess performance or to facilitate the synthesis of novel products.

Wanted: Ambitious and driven scientist to run a world-leading untargeted metabolomics and metabolic flux platform to guide the cutting-edge engineering of microbial bioreactors for high-value chemicals production.

New Job Opening: Research Associate : Responsible Research and Innovation in Synthetic Biology -- to work with the Responsible Research and Innovation Group that is embedded with the Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SYNBIOCHEM) at The University of Manchester. The PDRA will be housed at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School, under the supervision of Professor Philip Shapira. Apply by : 15/06/2016; Reference : HUM-08184; Fixed Term: 36 months.

The next technology revolution is coming: the engineering of biology. Cambridge Consultants wants to be at the forefront. We are building a team to work in synthetic biology: applying engineering principles to the design and build of biological systems to create completely new products and services by combining biology, chemistry, engineering, and maths skills.

The successful candidate will work on the “3D Bio-printing for bio-batteries” project combining 3D bioprinting, synthetic biology, engineering and electro-biochemistry skills to develop a prototype 3D printed bio-battery.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Sebastian Schornack at the Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU), Cambridge University, to study early descendant land plants.

Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) is looking for ambitious postdoctoral researchers who wish to begin development of an independent career in synthetic biology. Five independent Research Career Development Fellowships are offered for 4 years.