Research Associate in Synthetic Biology

Department of Bioengineering

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 09th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £36,694 - £45,234
  • REF: ENG01999
  • Closes: 04th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to employ a postdoctoral researcher on a 24-month contract to work in the research group of Dr Ledesma-Amaro in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology . The selected researcher will join an internationally-regarded, dynamic, friendly, diverse and inclusive team working on the application of cutting-edge synthetic biology tools in pathway and metabolic engineering, addressing current challenges in key areas such as bioproduction, biotechnology and the circular economy.

Duties and responsibilities

This role is for a research associate to work on the fields of synthetic biology and/or metabolic engineering. The role has certain flexibility in terms of project scope (i.e. organisms to be used, products to be made, etc). Some of the areas of interest in the RLAlab are: synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, yeast strain engineering, microbial communities, bioprocesses, multiplexing CRISPR, novel tools, non-conventional yeasts, sustainable bioproduction, etc.

Essential requirements

This post offers an excellent opportunity for academic career advancement in Europe’s number one hub for synthetic biology. Imperial College’s synthetic biology facilities are second-to-none, and include a DNA Foundry and SynBiCITE, a dedicated centre for translating lab research into synthetic biology start-ups.

Applicants must have a PhD in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, microbial biotechnology, molecular biology (or equivalent) for appointment at Research Associate level. Applicants close to completion of their PhDs will also be considered where experience is directly relevant. Please see the job description and person specification document associated with this advert for the full list of criteria.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for 24 months. Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.

Informal queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Ledesma-Amaro ( ).

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact: Yusra Vallimohamed

For technical issues when applying online please email Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.

The Department of Bioengineering leads the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, with its staff coming from diverse academic disciplines, including all main branches of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine, to create a rich collaborative environment. More information about staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and excellent professional development opportunities, can be found here:”>

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework . Our values are:

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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