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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge

 

BBSRC iCASE: Fighting Infection, Curing Cancer, Saving the Planet [apply by 14th July]

PhD position available working in the lab of Prof. Nigel Minton at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with FOLIUM SCIENCE. Engineering bacterial endospores for drug delivery.

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BBSRC iCASE: Systems biology of hydrogen oxidising bacteria for the production of high quality feed protein and other feed ingredients [apply by 14th July]

PhD position available working in the lab of Klaus Winzer at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Deep Branch. Developing sustainable protein feed alternatives.

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BBSRC iCASE: Real Time Nanopore Sequencing at Scale – Read Until and Run Until on PromethION scale devices [apply by 15th July]

PhD position available working in the lab of Matt Loose at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Oxford Nanopore Technologies. Developing DNA sequencing technologies.

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Bioprocess Engineering PhD Programme (Open-ended applications)

4-year funded PhD programme in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership: Complex Biological Products Manufacture based at UCL.

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FoodBioSystems Doctoral Training Programme (Apply by 6th March 2020)

4-year funded PhD studentships in agri-food based across the University of Reading, Cranfield University, the University of Surrey, Queen’s University Belfast, Aberystwyth University, and Brunel University London.

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[Apply by 22 April 2019] EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering recruiting 5 PhD students

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering aims to train the next generation of leaders at the interface of biology, engineering and data science. The CDT will have an integrative training programme that covers experimentation, automation, coding, data science and entrepreneurship applied to the design, realisation and optimisation of novel biological systems for diverse applications. The CDT is being led by Imperial College with the University of Manchester and University College London as partners. All students will undertake the MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology at Imperial College in their first year, with an extended project at the lead-supervisor institution, followed by a 3 year PhD registration in that host institution. Our aim is to build an inclusive cohort of students with diverse skillsets from life sciences, engineering and physical/computational backgrounds. We therefore encourage applications from students that reflect this diversity.

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[Apply by 5 July 2019] Masters 2 in Systems & Synthetic Biology at University of Evry-val-d’Essonne, France

The vigorous development of Systems and Synthetic Biology constitutes a huge challenge that must be met both from the research and education perspectives. mSSB represents the first step towards nurturing a new brand of researchers and engineers to face up to the challenge. The aim of mSSB is to provide students from the Life Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry, Physical and Computer Sciences a mean to fruitfully engage in collaborative work across disciplinary boundaries, with applications in Systems & Synthetic Biology. Students undertaking the course will gain hands-on experience in experimental Biology, modelling and designing. They will also enhance transversal capacities including planning a project, giving a seminar, perceiving the industrial, economical and ethical issues associated with these developing fields.

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PhD Studentship in Computational Synthetic Biology - Fostering Bio-design Automation through Standards

Synthetic biology aims at engineering bio-computing devices in living organisms. Key to this endeavour is the computer-aided design of biological systems, which is not yet robust enough to design fully predictable genetic circuits. To this end, we need standards. Foremost among emerging computing standards is the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL), an open standard for the representation of in silico biological designs. This PhD project will focus on the research and development of novel design methods for synthetic biology based on SBOL. SBOL is being developed by an international community, for which the supervisors are Editor and Chair. This standard provides a data format that can capture information of complex systems in unprecedented level of detail, leading to the potential automation of synthetic biology workflows.

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[Apply by 1 April 2019] Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Course in Synthetic Biology

Applications are now open for the 2019 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Course in Synthetic Biology. This course focuses on how the complexity of biological systems can be combined with traditional engineering approaches to result in new design principles for synthetic biology. The centerpiece of the course is an immersive laboratory experience in which students work in teams to learn the practical and theoretical underpinnings of synthetic biology research. Broadly, the course explores how cellular regulation (transcriptional, translational, post-translational, and epigenetic) can be used to engineer cells that accomplish well-defined goals.

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[Apply by 26 Nov 2018] Fully-funded four-year bioscience PhD studentship: Rewiring Plant Gene Regulatory Networks

Plants have the ability to alter their growth and development in response to changes in their environment. They do this by altering the expression levels of large suites of genes. Previous work has shown that a small network of genes may be responsible for coordinating large-scale changes in gene expression in response to the detection of pathogens. To develop crops with the ability to deliver high yields in changing environments, we need to advance our understanding of how these networks function and how variations in sequences of the key genes that coordinate these networks affect plant responses. This project will investigate the role of candidate key controllers in a pathogen-response network, using a novel approach of designing synthetic genetic controllers to rewire the network. Our aims are to understand how the network is coordinated and to provide insights into how to breed or rationally engineer plants resilient to stress. The student will be based in the Patron Lab (Earlham Institute, Norwich) and will work in close collaboration with the Denby Lab (University of York) and the Morris Lab (John Innes Centre, Norwich). This exciting, collaborative and multidisciplinary project will employ a range of techniques including molecular plant biology, synthetic biology, genome engineering, systems biology and modelling. It would be suitable for a biologist with, or eager to acquire, computational skills. Training will be provided in all areas.

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