Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

Medical Research Council

London, United Kingdom

MRC Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
Synthetic Biology
Salary £35,340 – £38,181 pa inclusive*
London, UK

The Synthetic Biology lab – Sarkisyan group – is looking for a scientist with extensive wet lab experience and, preferably, good coding skills to perform molecular engineering of bacteria, yeasts and worms.

We are a small new lab in the Integrative Biology section of the London Institute of Medical Sciences (MRC & Imperial College London). We love high-throughput assays, automation and light-based biotechnologies and are equally interested in fundamental and applied topics. Our projects range from designing high-throughput assays for analysis of structure-function relationship in proteins to engineering cells that are able to perform directed evolution without human involvement. We also plan to work on development of optical life-life and life-computer communication interfaces based on a combination of emerging optogenetic and bioluminescent technologies.

You should have a PhD or equivalent. Previous experience with DNA assembly techniques is essential, genome engineering is desirable, as well as coding skills in Python. Experience in synthetic biology is a plus.

Here are some keywords that give an idea of the work we are doing:
synthetic biology, optogenetics, molecular tools for imaging, cellular computation, optical biotechnologies, bacteria, automation, DNA assembly, bioluminescence, next generation sequencing, fitness landscapes, genome engineering, directed evolution, real evolution.

For more information, please visit our website:

For full details of this post and to complete an online application, visit and upload your CV, names and contacts of two scientific references along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for this role (providing evidence against the requirements of the job and your motivation). Please quote reference number LMS – 965.

The MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences is a research institute within UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found at

Interviews will be held on 18 and 19 December. Please tell us in your covering letter if these dates are not suitable for you.

Closing date: 9 December 2018

Final appointment will be subject to pre-employment screening

Salary quoted is inclusive of London weighting. Additional allowances comprise a £1,000 lump sum Settlement Allowance plus a yearly Training Allowance of £850 in the first year, paid in monthly instalments. The Training Allowance increases to £1,300 in year two, and £1,800 in the third year.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.