Research Associate in Synthetic Biology

University of Cambridge Department of Plant Sciences

United Kingdom

A position is open for a postdoctoral research associate based at the OpenPlant Laboratory in Cambridge in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and directed by Prof. Jim Haseloff.

The appointee will develop a research project based on the development of new synthetic biology tools for engineering chloroplast transformation and gene expression in the model plant Marchantia polymorpha. Work with Marchantia allows fast approaches to hyper-expression in the chloroplast and reprogramming of secondary metabolism (doi: 10.1021/acssynbio.9b00511). We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to work in this area. The position is available immediately.

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, plant molecular biology and advanced microscopy will be advantageous.

OpenPlant is a BBSRC-EPSRC funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre. It is based in the United Kingdom and is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich. The OpenPlant SBRC is focused on the development of open foundational technologies for plant synthetic biology and their application for engineering new traits in crop systems. The initiative promotes two-tier intellectual property models to accelerate innovation, global sharing and responsible innovation (

Please upload your CV, publication list and a covering letter to make your application.

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

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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