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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 1st November 2021
Job Ref: 1985
Apply Before 01/11/2021, 17:00

Fixed Term, 4 years

We are looking for an exceptionally motivated researcher to take up a fully funded 4-year postdoctoral position in high-throughput screening of cell-free protein synthesis reactions, as part of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship ‘Self-sustaining cell-free systems’ led by Dr. Laohakunakorn.

The Opportunity:

The successful candidate will conduct cutting edge research in combining machine learning and high throughput screening, in the context of improving the performance of cell-free protein synthesis reactions. The candidate will develop machine learning algorithms to guide a combinatorically difficult screening problem, implement the experimental screening pipeline on the world-class lab automation facilities in the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, and use the combination to drive performance improvements in a key synthetic biological system. The project will equip the candidate with sought-after skills for a successful future career.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Excellent demonstrated track record of research in machine learning, design of experiments, high-throughput screening and automation, or synthetic biology
  • Expertise in coding and data analysis
  • Ability to use accumulated experience and creativity in problem solving
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
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