Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


Whether you are a graduate student or a seasoned post doc, we are always interested in hearing from people keen to be part of our team. Please send us your CV or apply for one of the vacancies listed below.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Vacancy Ref: : 045597 Closing Date : 07-Nov-2018
Contact Person : Dr Meriem El Karoui Contact Number :  
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A highly motivated individual is sought as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in Dr. Meriem El karoui’s laboratory to investigate how DNA double strand breaks are repaired in Escherichia coli cells. The successful candidate will explore how the DNA repair process can lead to antibiotic tolerance and resistance. The candidate will have the opportunity to acquire skills in in a variety of techniques including quantitative fluorescence microscopy, microfluidics, molecular biology as well as image analysis. The post holder will become part of a cross-University community of researchers active in the synthetic and systems biology arena and will benefit from professional and social networking opportunities afforded through SynthSys, the world leading Synthetic and System Biology Centre at the University of Edinburgh. The position is funded through a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.

Applicants should have (or soon to obtain) a PhD in quantitative molecular biology, or biophysics and have a strong interest in multidisciplinary approaches in biology. Previous experience in micro-fluidics is highly desirable. The ability to work both autonomously and as part as a collaborative environment is essential.

The post is fixed term for one year with a possibility of extension for up to a further two years.

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Dr Baojun Wang

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We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. The post offers a great opportunity for a highly motivated and organized individual to work on an exciting synthetic biology project to expand research expertise and develop his/her individual career. The post will involve research on developing synthetic biology enabling tools, and the design and testing of synthetic protein and gene circuits for novel bespoke biomaterial and biologics production and characterization.

You should have a PhD (or will shortly obtain a PhD) in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, biological engineering or other closely related field. You will have proven laboratory experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiological and DNA cloning, gene expression and protein biochemical assay techniques. Proven laboratory-based research experience related to protein production and purification and/or biomaterial manufacturing and characterizing, and gene network engineering would be desired. You will perform a laboratory-based research project and as part of this project you will design, express and test customized proteins and resulting biomaterials. You should be highly motivated and organized to plan and prioritize your own research with appropriate guidance. You are expected to provide technical expertise to the group and share responsibility for lab management.

You will work under the supervision of Dr Baojun Wang based in the multidisciplinary Edinburgh Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology (SynthSys) which has worldwide reputation and state-of-the-art facilities for molecular and cellular analysis.

For more information of our research, please see our lab website:

The post is fixed term and available for up to 12 months in the first instance with possibility of extension.

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Senior Software Engineer (Synthetic Biology Automation)

Vacancy Ref: : 045604 Closing Date : 08-Nov-2018
Contact Person : Dr Valentin Zulkower Contact Number :  
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We are looking for an enthusiastic computational software engineer to join the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, one of the largest automated platforms for synthetic biology globally.

The Foundry is a unique facility at the University of Edinburgh specialized in large-scale genetic engineering projects for academic and industrial research. We are automating the assembly of genetic constructs up to chromosome size, with an ambition to deliver custom DNA seven days a week with minimal human intervention from order to shipping.

You will use your computational and organizational skills to help us develop the services that orchestrate our platform, making it smarter, faster and more reliable. This is a great opportunity to contribute to exciting research projects (e.g. in gene and cell therapy, metabolic engineering) while developing expertise in Laboratory Information Management Systems, software architecture for automation, computer-aided DNA design and manufacturing, and web development.

Your work will be mainly open-source and have visibility in the Synthetic Biology and Laboratory Automation communities, enabling biological projects at an unprecedented scale!

Duration: fixed term for 2 years in the first instance.

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