Research Associate at Imperial College London

Imperial College London has an opening postdoc position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. The deadline for applying is September 23, 2018.

Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro ( 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. This is a young, dynamic and ambitious growing research group and you 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 Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, the Technical University of Darmstadt and Kaesler Nutrition.

The challenging and innovative project entitled 'Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology in Yarrowia lipolytica' aims at manipulating this oleaginous yeast in order to enhance the capacities for bioproduction and biotechnology. The project will combine the creation of novel synthetic biology tools with the generation of desired strain behaviours via pathway engineering as well as with their use for industrial applications. You will work in the group of Dr Ledesma-Amaro and closely with other research staff, students and collaborators on the project. In addition, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other well-known scientists at Imperial College, as well as other international academics and companies. You will take initiative in planning the research, will perform the experiments and interpret the results. You 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. You will work in a friendly, collaborative and multidisciplinary environment with high training and career development opportunities.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, dynamic and excited about synthetic biology, metabolic engineering and microbial biotechnology. The candidate will have expertise including works on some of the following fields: synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, microbial biotechnology, microbiology or molecular biology. Experience in strain engineering in yeast is highly recommended. The position requires a track record of and 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 24 months.

Informal enquiries can be made directly to Our preferred method of application is online via our website at Enter the job vacancy reference number ENG00488 into the search bar and select Apply Now. Further information is also available on the job description. Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Jo Adam, Closing Date: 4 weeks from the posting date (midnight BST) Imperial Managers lead by example. Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people


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