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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Kent - School of Biosciences

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £34,804 to £39,152 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th April 2021
Closes: 28th April 2021
Job Ref: NATS-033-21

Interview Date: Friday 07 May 2021

A 3-year Leverhulme Trust funded postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) position is available in the School of Biosciences at the University of Kent to work under the joint supervision of Dr Simon Moore and Dr Tobias von der Haar, as well as working with other collaborating partners in academia

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious candidate to work on the growing and exciting new area called cell-free synthetic biology ( in the newly established Moore group. In particular, the PDRA will learn about cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) and will establish new protocols to study non-model prokaryotic systems. For further information, please read the following:

Moore, S. J, and Freemont, PS et al (2021). A Streptomyces venezuelae Cell-Free Toolkit for Synthetic Biology. ACS Synth. Biol. 2021, 10(2), p402–411    

More information about the research can be found in the job description (see link below). For informal enquiries, contact Dr Simon Moore, Lecturer in Synthetic Biology, School of Biosciences (

You will need to have strong wet-laboratory skills and a willingness to learn/apply coding skills for both experimental and model-based analysis.

As Postdoctoral Research Associate you will:

  • Undertake research at an internationally competitive level.
  • Contribute to the development of the research project
  • Design and execute the necessary experiments maintaining an up-to-date log of the research activity undertaken and of the obtained results
  • Carefully plan the research activity making sure the milestones of the project are achieved within the expected timeframe
  • Disseminate research results through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

To be successful in this role you will have/be: 

  • A PhD in Molecular Biology, Synthetic Biology, Computational Biology or related relevant discipline (or to be  in the final stages of obtaining such a qualification, PhD viva should be held by May 2021)
  • Experience in Molecular Biology
  • Experience in DNA cloning/assembly
  • Enthusiasm and motivation for research

The School of Biosciences is a vibrant, stimulating and welcoming environment for research and education within the Division of Natural Sciences. In REF2014, Bioscience at Kent was ranked 7th on the basis of ‘research intensity’, and the appointment of a range of new staff since 2014 has meant that research quantity and quality have risen still further. This is now an extremely active research environment. 

The School of Biosciences is a welcoming and diverse environment that has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.  We are keen to enhance the balanced, inclusive, and diverse nature of the community within the School and would particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this post. 

Please click the 'Apply' button above to view the full job description and to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process, please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: NATS-033-21

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