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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Synthetic Biology/Molecular Biology (University of Cambridge)

A Postdoctoral Research Associate is required to join four others (in UCL, Aberdeen, Rothamsted and Chemistry, University of Cambridge) in a multidisciplinary team aimed at establishing microalgae as industrial biotechnology hosts. This project is a BBSRC strategic LoLa, and includes 4 PhD students.

The role holder will work in the group of Prof. Alison Smith to develop synthetic biology tools and methodology for the metabolic engineering of microalgae. The successful candidate must have a PhD in an appropriate field, and research experience in molecular biology (ideally including synthetic biology approaches), and genetic engineering of microorganisms, together with a good knowledge of regulation of gene expression and metabolism. Experience with laboratory handling of microalgae or microbiology, and/or analysis of RNA seq data, is highly desirable.

Experience in recombinant DNA techniques is essential, and knowledge of systems or synthetic biology is highly desirable, as is familiarity with microbiology, metabolic engineering, and/or metabolism. The successful candidate should have the capacity to communicate effectively, work as part of a team, and as required, take a lead role in the design and execution of the research programme. In addition, there are four associated PhD positions, one of which will be based in the group, and the role holder will be expected to be involved in supporting the student in the laboratory. More details

PhD Studentship: Microdroplets, mass spectrometry and algae (university of Cambridge)

A four-year BBSRC-funded studentship is available starting in October 2014 as part of a multidisciplinary, multi-centre project “Algal oils by design”, which aims to establish microalgae as an industrial biotechnology platform for­ the production of high value lipids, such as omega-3 fatty acids. The PhD project involves developing a mass spectrometric interface to screen microdroplets containing algae with different lipid profiles. It will be jointly supervised by Professor Chris Abell (Chemistry) and Professor Johnathan Napier (Rothamsted Research). More details