Postdoctoral Research Associate: Synthetic Microbial Communities for the bioproduction of high value molecules
The project entitled ‘Synthetic Microbial Communities for the bioproduction of high value molecules’ aims to manipulate microorganisms in order to create artificial communities with enhanced capacities for bioproduction and biotechnology. The project will combine the creation of novel synthetic biology tools with the generation of emergent behaviours at population level. This works aims to transfer cutting edge metabolic engineering tools...
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- Reference ENG01431
- Date posted 27 October 2020
- Closing date 10 November 2020
The project entitled ‘Synthetic Microbial Communities for the bioproduction of high value molecules’ aims to manipulate microorganisms in order to create artificial communities with enhanced capacities for bioproduction and biotechnology. The project will combine the creation of novel synthetic biology tools with the generation of emergent behaviours at population level. This works aims to transfer cutting edge metabolic engineering tools to the real-life bioproduction of valuable industrial compounds.
Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro (www.rlalab.org) is a group leader at Imperial College London working at the interface between synthetic biology and metabolic engineering with applications in biotechnology, biomedicine and biomaterials. The postholder will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the group as well participate in the supervision of masters and PhD students. In addition, for the proposed role, you will work closely with the groups of Victor de Lorenzo, CSIC (Spain), Markus Ralser, Charite (Garmany), Guy-Bart Stain, Imperial (UK) and the biotechnological company Acies Bio (Slovenia).
Our lab is part of the Department of Bioengineering and belongs to the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/synthetic-biology/centre/). You will also benefit from training and support from the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre and its multi-award winning career development programmes
Duties and responsibilities
The postholder will work in the group of Dr Ledesma-Amaro and closely with other research staff, students and collaborators on the project. In addition, the postholder will have the opportunity to collaborate with other well-known scientists at Imperial College, as well as other international academics and companies. The postholder will take initiative in planning the research, will perform the experiments and interpret the results. The posthoder will have the opportunity to present the results at international conferences and to write research and review articles in the appropriate journals. You will help in the supervision of PhD, Master and Undergraduate students, collaborating with their. You will work in a friendly, collaborative and multidisciplinary environment with high training and career development opportunities.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and excited about synthetic biology, metabolic engineering and microbial biotechnology. The postholder will have expertise on some of the following fields: synthetic biology, metabolic engineering or microbial biotechnology. Experience in strain engineering in yeast and bacteria is highly recommended (e.g. S. cerevisiae, Y. lipolytica, E. coli, P. putida). The position requires a strong commitment to high research quality, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work diligently and cooperatively with others. Successful applicants will be able to work independently, maintain high standards of laboratory safety, and display the intellectual curiosity required to effectively lead multidisciplinary projects.
The project has a duration of 12 months.
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