Research Associate in Synthetic Biology

Imperial College London Department of Bioengineering

Job summary

We are seeking to employ two postdoctoral researchers, one on a 24-month contract and another in a 12-month contract, to work in the research group of Dr Ledesma-Amaro in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology. The selected researchers will join an internationally-regarded, ambitious, friendly, diverse and inclusive team working on the application of cutting-edge synthetic biology tools in pathway and metabolic engineering,...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01346
  • Date posted 30 July 2020
  • Closing date 30 August 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington and White City Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Bioengineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to employ two postdoctoral researchers, one on a 24-month contract and another in a 12-month contract, to work in the research group of Dr Ledesma-Amaro in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology. The selected researchers will join an internationally-regarded, ambitious, friendly, diverse and inclusive team working on the application of cutting-edge synthetic biology tools in pathway and metabolic engineering, addressing current challenges in key areas such as bioproduction, biotechnology and the circular economy.

Duties and responsibilities

The Research Associates will work on metabolic engineering of the widely used industrial yeast Yarrowia lipolytica for the production of highly valuable chemicals. The project combines state of the art technologies including multiplexed genome engineering, advanced and automated strain engineering tools with real industrial applications. The project will run in close-collaboration with biotechnology companies and esteemed research groups.

Essential requirements

The ideal candidates will be experienced with yeast synthetic biology and have relevant expertise in metabolic engineering. Being familiar with CRISPR and Golden Gate would be advantageous.

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, metabolic engineering, 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

There are two positions available; one is fixed term for 24 months, the other for 12 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.

Informal queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Ledesma-Amaro (r.ledesma-amaro@imperial.ac.uk).

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact: Jo Adam (i.adam@imperial.ac.uk)

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.

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