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Research Associate - Chloroplast Synthetic Biology (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Prof. Alison Smith's lab in the Cambridge Plant Sciences Department to join a project that will (re)design the chloroplast genome of the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. This exciting project is newly funded by the BBSRC, and offers the opportunity to make the first completely synthetic genome - Chloroplast SynBio 2.0.

This three-year post is joint with the group of Prof. Saul Purton, Structural and Molecular Biology, University College of London. The post-holder will therefore coordinate and manage their research with a second PDRA in the Purton group to ensure that key milestones are met and deliverables achieved. The project will involve the development of a suite of SynBio parts and orthogonal tools, and the defining of parameters for minimising and redesigning the chloroplast genome.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD degree in the area of Synthetic Biology/Molecular Biology/Genetic Engineering. S/he will have demonstrable experience of successful design and undertaking of research in this field, and publication of results. S/he is expected to have experience of collaborative working, and supporting the research training and teaching efforts within a University environment. The successful candidate should have the capacity to communicate effectively, work as part of a team, and take a lead role in the design and execution of the research programme as required. In addition, the PDRA will be expected to be involved in supporting junior scientists in the laboratory.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. You must be able to start by 1st October 2018.

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.

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