Senior Synthetic Biologist

Location: Cambridge UK
Job type: full-time
Closing date: 29th October 2020

We are seeking a synthetic biologist highly experienced in DNA and gene assembly techniques.

You will join the growing team developing our enzymatic DNA synthesis technology, based in the Cambridge Science Park. This role would suit a keen, enthusiastic and collaborative scientist who is energised by solving biological and biochemical problems, as well as an experienced researcher who is looking for challenges. To thrive in this role you should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, willing to take on responsibility, and excited to engage with the team to solve important challenges.

We are looking for a highly driven individual to:

  • Spearhead the DNA assembly effort at Nuclera
  • Perform experimental planning and design, and analysis
  • Undertake rigorous optimization of biochemical processes
  • Carry out lab-based molecular biology experiments

To meet these challenges, the candidate will need to:

  • Hold a PhD in a relevant area of Biological Sciences or biochemistry, and a passion for problem-solving
  • At least 3 years of post-doctoral and/or industry experience
  • Have experience in molecular biology techniques, especially in gene cloning and assembly techniques, e.g. Gibson, Golden Gate, BioBrick, PCA and others
  • Demonstrate expertise in experimental design, interpretation of data, and troubleshooting
  • Have experience in designing and optimising DNA assembly methods and in vitro DNA manipulation technologies
  • Work closely with a multi-disciplinary scientific team

Experience/knowledge in the following areas would be advantageous:

  • Liquid handling systems
  • Assembly of long gene fragments
  • Error correction methods
  • DNA visualisation and manipulation software
  • Programming experience, e.g. R, Python, Perl
  • Next-generation sequence analysis


In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits for all of our colleagues, including:

  • EMI-approved Option Scheme
  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • NEST Pension Scheme
  • Investment in professional development and learning
  • Fresh fruit, tea, coffee and snacks in the office

Want to know more about our mission to change synthetic biology?

Our mission is simple: provide high-quality genes and proteins at your benchtop.

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