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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Optimisation and production of freeze-dried cell-free extracts and reporter gene circuits.

A position is open for a postdoctoral research associate based in central Cambridge at the laboratory of Prof. Jim Haseloff, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.

The appointee will develop new methods for the low-cost production of freeze-dried cell-free extracts that are stable at room temperature, and suitable for use in low resource settings in education, the field and clinic. The appointee will work with reporter genes and synthetic gene circuits to provide quantitative outputs in rehydrated assay systems. They will be working as part of an international team, with collaborators at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, University of Pretoria and CSIR, South Africa, and located in a well equipped laboratory in Cambridge.

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to work in this area. The position is available immediately, as a full-time position until January 2021.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in plant molecular biology or synthetic biology, including a PhD in a relevant area. Experience with synthetic biology, molecular biology, microbial genetic manipulation and biological imaging or sensing, or development of software, biological techniques or instrumentation hardware would be advantageous.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 January 2021 in the first instance.

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.

Please note if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

More information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Jim Haseloff ( and background information can be found at the laboratory web site at

Please quote reference PD14954 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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