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University Lectureship in Synthetic Biology

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge. This is a tenure-track position based in the Department of Engineering and is supported by the School of Biological Sciences (SBS). We particularly encourage applicants who complement current research within Engineering, SBS and across the University, and who are motivated to explore interdisciplinary collaborations. The successful candidate will have an established DNA-based experimental research program in a topic including, but not limited to:

  • Design and engineering of synthetic genetic circuits (both cellular and cell-free)
  • Genome engineering
  • Biosensing and biological signal processing
  • Spatio-temporal gene regulation
  • Engineering of multicellular interactions and tissue structure/function

In addition, research may combine theoretical and numerical approaches with experiments. The successful candidate will have, or be expected to develop, a record of world-class research commensurate with the international reputation and top-rank research rating of the Department.

The candidate will be expected to contribute exciting and innovative teaching material to our rapidly growing bioengineering courses in the Engineering curriculum, with teaching and administration accounting for approximately 40% of the role. Teaching responsibilities will include contributing to undergraduate courses, supervising undergraduate projects, examining and supervising postgraduate students.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

In addition to this, please ensure that you upload the application documentation as follows:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A publications list
  • Statement of professional, teaching and research experience and describe your future research plans (no more than two A4 pages)

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2017. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Office (, +44 (0) 1223 332615).

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Michael Sutcliffe (, +44 (0) 1223 332996.

Please quote reference NM12133 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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