Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

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We are seeking to recruit an exceptional post-doctoral researcher to conduct experimental work at the exciting interface between nucleic nanotechnology and synthetic biology. The candidate will be supported by a BBSRC/NSF Lead Agency Award held, in collaboration, by the experimental group of Dr Lorenzo Di Michele (University of Cambridge) and the computational group of Prof. Aleksei Aksimentiev (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

The project seeks to apply the tools of nucleic acid nanotechnology to engineer advanced biomimetic features in synthetic cells, particularly cell growth and division, building on recent results from the team [Fabrini et al, bioRxiv,]. Further details on the project are available upon request.

The candidate will be responsible for the delivery of the experimental components of the project and will be based in the Cambridge lab, joining an extensive team of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and research fellows working on similar topics. Here, the researcher will have access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities for DNA nanotechnology, molecular biology, membrane biophysics, microscopy, microfabrication, and spectroscopy.

The candidate will work in close collaboration with a computational researcher based in Illinois, regularly exchanging ideas and results to ensure that simulations and experiments progress in lockstep. There will be the opportunity to visit the Aksimentiev lab at multiple stages of the project.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in experimental DNA nanotechnology, biophysics or synthetic biology (essential). Most important, we value work ethics, independence, initiative, creativity, leadership, and enthusiasm.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Interviews are likely to be held soon after the closing date.

Should you wish to apply on the basis of pre-submission and approval of your PhD, or should you have any other queries regarding the post or the application process please contact Trish Murray, at

Please quote reference NQ39515 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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