Head of Synthetic Biology
We have an exciting opportunity for a talented and highly motivated individual to lead synthetic biology activities at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and to enable the Laboratory to maintain and develop its world-leading research activities. We are looking for an individual with an interest in technology development who, amongst other activities, will develop and adapt cutting edge cloning techniques to benefit the research of the Laboratory and the wider scientific community.
The key functions of the role will be to deliver support and training in the area of synthetic biology to TSL scientists (initially vector design and construction), to engage with and develop collaborative projects with TSL Group Leaders, and to pursue independent research within the portfolio of TSL Science
Applicants at any level are encouraged to apply; we are looking for an individual with:
- advanced skills in molecular biology and related fields
- experience of designing and configuring complex recombinant DNA vectors and constructs
- good working knowledge of synthetic biology methods
- experience in plant biology (desirable but not required)
- experience in training and/or teaching
- international experience (desirable but not required)
The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world leader in plant and microbial science and is dedicated to making fundamental discoveries in the science of plant-microbe interactions. TSL has expanded its scientific mission not only to continue providing fundamental biological insights into plant-pathogen interactions, but also to deliver novel, genomics-based solutions that will significantly reduce losses from major crop diseases, especially in developing countries
The appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements. The position is available for two years in the first instance with possibility of renewal based on performance. Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria. Please send formal applications, quoting the reference number below, either by e-mail to HR@tsl.ac.uk or by post to Kim Blanchflower, HR Manager, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.
Applications will be reviewed from 20th August 2012 and the position will remain open until filled.