Postdoc Position in Molecular Biology at University of Cambridge

A new opening postdoc position in sustainable development is available at University of Cambridge, UK. This fellowship is last for 6 months and posible to extend. Applications should be sent before October 31, 2018.

A position is available for a highly motivated post-doctoral research associate to create an open source toolkit for local manufacturing of enzymes for molecular biology research in low-resourced contexts, including low and middle income countries and community labs. The project aims to overcome barriers in accessing these important research tools and build capacity to underpin emerging bioeconomies.

The successful applicant will join Dr Jenny Molloy’s team in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. The project will focus on curating a collection of off-patent enzymes for basic molecular biology techniques along with protocols for affordable manufacturing and purification. Techniques will include DNA assembly to generate constructs for combinatorial testing of off-patent binding domains with a range of substrates for purification. Findings will be translated into scaled-up protocols including context-relevant quality assurance methods and will be piloted in academic and social enterprise settings by collaborators based in Africa and Latin America.

The position is available to start immediately. The successful candidate will have a strong background in molecular biology including a PhD in a relevant area (or have submitted a PhD by the time of appointment). Experience with cell-free and in vivo protein expression and purification, synthetic biology approaches, protocol optimisation and quality assurance will be advantageous. An interest in open source technologies, sustainable development and frugal innovation is encouraged.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance. There is potential for an extension to 28 Feb 2020 subject to funding confirmation in Jan 2019.

Please upload a CV and covering letter describing how you meet the post specifications. Contact Dr Jenny Molloy ( if you have any queries. If you do not receive a response from us one month after the closing date you should consider that your application has not been successful this time.


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