Research Assistant in Synthetic Biology (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

June 30, 2021


Research Assistant in Synthetic Biology (Fixed Term)

A position is open for a research assistant 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 help develop new synthetic biology tools for engineering traits in the model plant Marchantia polymorpha. Work with Marchantia allows streamlined approaches to engineering genome modification, cell dynamics and morphogenetic engineering (doi: 10.1021/acssynbio.9b00511). The work will include characterisation and use of a collection of synthetic promoters derived from all transcription factor genes in the Marchantia genome. These provide a comprehensive set of markers for mapping cell interactions during development. We are looking for a highly motivated graduate scientist to work in this area.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in plant molecular biology or synthetic biology, including a degree in a relevant area. Experience with DNA manipulation, plant molecular biology or 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 (https: // www.

To apply please upload your CV and covering letter.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 6 September 2023 in the first instance.

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    9 June 2021

    Closing date

    30 June 2021

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