Research Associate in Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering

Imperial College London Department of Bioengineering

Job summary

We are seeking to employ a Postdoctoral Researcher on a 24-month contract to work in the research group of Dr Ledesma-Amaro in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology. You will join an internationally-regarded, dynamic, 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,...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01611
  • Date posted 10 March 2021
  • Closing date 12 April 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,858 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Bioengineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to employ a Postdoctoral Researcher on a 24-month contract to work in the research group of Dr Ledesma-Amaro in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology.

You will join an internationally-regarded, dynamic, 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.

This European Union-funded role available is for a Research Associate to 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 a real industrial application. The project will run in close-collaboration with the biotechnology companies and top universities.

Duties and responsibilities

As a Research Associate, you will work in an exciting and timely project using state of the art techniques and methodologies in a collaborative working environment. You will develop and broaden knowledge and expertise in a truly multidisciplinary project, which employs methods and principles from microbial molecular biology (CRISPR, Golden Gate, etc.) to control engineering and modelling.

Essential requirements

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

You will 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.

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.

Further information

Please see the job description and person specification document associated with this advert for the full list of criteria.

This is a fixed term position for 24 months.

This position is based at our South Kensington Campus, London

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

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

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Michelle McCartney at m.mccartney@imperial.ac.uk.

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