Organism-based Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology involves implementing engineering approaches to manipulate biological systems to produce desirable products. The breadth of excellent bioscience at Leeds, from chemistry, physics and engineering through to the full range of biological sciences, provides an outstanding opportunity to make an impact in this area. The power of synthetic biology lies in its ability to engineer new forms of self-replicating organisms into which biological machinery can be introduced, irrespective of its origin.

You will bring your current synthetic biology research in any suitable organism, including prokaryotic, yeast or algal species. You should have an applied focus, but also be willing to scope the research portfolio in biological sciences at Leeds for novel collaborations, opportunities and applications in synthetic biology. You will develop limited undergraduate teaching in Synthetic Biology as well as applying for external funding to maintain their research productivity.

You will also have significant proven research experience within the field of Synthetic Biology in addition to a coherent vision for the future development of your research, which will complement current research in biological sciences at Leeds, translating it into new approaches to Synthetic Biology.

A proven record of achievement in international quality publications is essential to contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020. In addition, the candidate will provide research supervision and attract research students to the University and undertake a teaching load deemed appropriate by the Head of School, which will be significantly reduced in the first years of the fellowship.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Brendan Davies, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3123, email:

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