Senior Scientist - Synthetic Biology

Nov 10, 2017
Dec 01, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Senior Scientist
We are currently looking for an outstanding molecular biologist to work in synthetic biology: applying engineering principles to the design and build of biological systems to create completely new products and services by combining biology, chemistry, engineering, and maths skills for a Cambridge based company.

Purpose of Role

As Senior Scientist - Synthetic Biology you will be key part of the team focused on winning and executing projects in synthetic biology. Working with the Principal Scientist and Biological Safety Officer, your main purpose will be to provide specialist technical knowledge in molecular biology within our project teams to ensure our synthetic biology projects are executed efficiently and to the highest quality.


* Providing specific genetic and molecular biology expertise to both clients and staff
* Assisting in preparing biology-focused technical content in project plan and proposals
* Designing, performing and documenting hands-on biology experimental work in the lab, including design and specification of DNA constructs to engineer bacterial and/or yeast strains, transformation, fermentation / culturing and characterisation
* Presenting the results and conclusions of experimental work to clients
* Assisting in development of robust, effective processes and tools within the lab
* This role has a strong technical focus, ensuring we can execute good-quality biological science rapidly in our lab for our clients.


* A PhD level degree in molecular biology or a similar biology focused scientific discipline relevant to synthetic biology
* Experience of analytical techniques such as fluorescence methods, microscopy, NGS, GC-MS, HPLC
* Experience in bioinformatics tools for DNA construct design, experimental design and data analysis
* Strong communication skills to both domain experts and non-experts

The following would be an advantage:

* Experience as a hands-on scientist in a commercial context in a relevant area to synthetic biology (e.g. gene design, gene editing, cloning, cell transformation, cell culture, sequencing, assay development, culture scale-up, fermentation, downstream purification)
* Experience of specific synthetic biology techniques, particularly biological system design and characterisation
* Experience of automation tools for laboratories, particularly software tools

Occasional travel may be required for this role, to meet and engage with clients.