Research Associate in Synthetic Biology, Imperial College London, South Kensington, London, UK

Imperial Junior Research Fellowships 2019 UK for Early-Career Scientist

Research Associate in Synthetic Biology: Join the synthetic biology research group of Professor Tom Ellis at Imperial College London to work on an exciting new materials synthetic biology research project funded by the UKRI Engineering Biology Mission Awards. This project aims to develop engineered bacteria capable of producing cellulose-based materials with biologically made colors, patterns, and biopolymer additives as sustainable replacements for leather in the fashion industry. Two positions are available for a fixed term of 2 years. Apply by April 24, 2024.

Research Associate in Textiles Synthetic Biology

Designation: Research Associate

Research Area: Textiles Synthetic Biology

Location: Imperial College London, South Kensington, London, UK


  • PhD in synthetic biology, microbiology, or equivalent
  • Experience in microbiology, synthetic biology, and biodesign
  • Familiarity with material-producing non-model microbes and co-culturing methods desired
  • Applicants close to completion of their PhDs with directly relevant experience will also be considered

Job Description:

  • Join the synthetic biology research group of Professor Tom Ellis
  • Work on a UKRI-funded project to develop engineered bacteria for producing sustainable textiles
  • Collaborate with industrial partners and academic collaborators
  • Genetically engineer Komagataeibacter species and other microbes proficient in biopolymer production
  • Co-culture multiple microbes in growth reactors and optimize growth media formulations
  • Design and express proteins and fusion proteins using synthetic biology techniques
  • Utilize methods including Golden Gate DNA assembly, Gibson DNA assembly, flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, Western blot, and immunoassays

How to Apply: To apply, fill in and submit an online application via the Imperial College London recruitment portal.

Last Date for Apply: April 24, 2024

Additional Information:

  • Full-time, fixed-term position for 24 months
  • Competitive salary range of £45,593 to £53,630 per annum
  • Collaborative working environment with state-of-the-art synthetic biology techniques and technologies
  • For further details, contact Professor Tom Ellis at:
  • For technical issues with the online application, email



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