Research Assistant / Associate

University of Glasgow - School of Engineering

College of Science and Engineering

We have developed artificial Synthetic Biology systems, termed 'protocells', that aim to mimic biological cells, but with a simplicity and control due to the use of novel, engineered parts. These artificial cells are membrane systems that can be based on double emulsions of water-in-oil-in-water or, as more stable asymmetric vesicles, upon lipids combined with block co-polymers. We have shown that they can host gene expression and protein making machinery by adding cell-free components and by controlling membrane dynamics and surface energies using microfluidics. As part of an EPSRC Frontiers programme aimed at developing new synthetic biology tools for water remediation you will be part of a cross-disciplinary team and work on the development of both microfluidic tools and biochemical assays to manufacture and characterise artificial cells for applications water decontamination and processing. You will develop techniques and protocols to insert membrane proteins within protocells, thus enabling them to interact with the environment functionally, for example to sense contaminants and ultimately concentrate them for remediation. This job requires knowledge of either or both of the fields microfluidics and/or synthetic biology, including membrane biophysics/chemistry, together with a creative, practical aptitude to problem solving.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

This position has funding for up to 18 months in the first instance.

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