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Research Associate in Synthetic Genomics
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017012

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/03/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Chemistry

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term from as soon as possible until 31 July 2023 (with possible extension until the end of 2023)

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

We are looking for an experimental Researcher to join the synthetic biology research group of Professor Patrick Cai in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and work closely with the Synthetic Genomics team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute as well as with research groups at MRC LMB Cambridge and Imperial College London.

The research associate will get to work on this high-profile, ground-breaking project and make use of state of the art techniques and technologies (e.g. chromosome synthesis, directed evolution, nanopore sequencing) in a collaborative working environment within and across institutions. The ideal candidate will be experienced with synthetic biology, yeast cell biology and genome engineering. Being familiar with yeast genetics, chromosomal biology and DNA assembly technologies (e.g., Golden Gate Assembly) would be advantageous.

Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent) in synthetic biology, genome engineering or yeast cell 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.

This post offers an excellent opportunity for career advancement at the number one hub for synthetic biology and synthetic genomics in Europe. The selected researcher will join a friendly and inclusive team that champions diversity and prioritises the career growth of its researchers over everything else. The group is internationally regarded for its research, for its positive nature and for the excellent outcomes of its alumni, many of whom are now group leaders of their own or founders of start-up companies.

Due to the nature of this role being research focused, applicants who are not an EEA National or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI)

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:           

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Blended working arrangements may be considered   

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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Name: Professor Patrick Cai


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.​​​​​​​


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