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Senior Research Associate in Synthetic Biology

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £41,526 to £45,361
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th February 2020
Closes: 27th April 2020
Job Ref: 3425

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We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

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This exciting research opening is looking for a Senior Research Associate in Synthetic Biology to work as part of a highly interdisciplinary team in project EnDROIDS, our recently funded Royal Academy of Engineering ten years long quest to bridge nanotechnology and synthetic biology to achieve sophisticated in vivo information processing.

You will have responsibility for carrying out world-leading research on engineered information processing inside cells. This will include information delivery into a cell, information extraction without destruction from a cell as well as unconventional ways of replicating information within cells. You will operate at the very cutting edge of in vivo information storage and will seek to utilise the whole gamut of molecular biology techniques to store, sort and retrieve information into/from a cell (including, but not limited, use of recent CRISPR prime and related techniques).

You will have the opportunity to work closely with computational scientist and bioinformaticians and will have access to a state-of-the-art synthetic biology laboratory, nanotechnology facilities as well as computational equipment to test, debug and improve its experimental work.

The role will require regular liaison with the other investigators in the project (specifically) and the research group (more generally) to aid in designing experiments to refine the protocols for in vivo information storage. More specifically, you will work collaboratively with our other nanotechnologists and scientific computing experts to achieve project goals. You will also provide assistance to, and training of, academic, technical and research staff and students on specific experimental techniques and in the use of specialised experimental equipment when necessary. To keep excellent records of all laboratory experiments, procedures, protocols, workflows and outcomes, enabling reuse, interpretation with team members and delivery of project milestones.

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