Research Assistant

The University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Full time

Scientific Research

Jun 18

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About the job

Job Description

Grade UE06 [£28,331 to 32,816]

School of Biological Sciences

Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology

20 month fixed-term contract

Full-time, 35 hours per week

We are looking for a Research Assistant to work in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

The Opportunity

The post offers a great opportunity for a highly motivated and organized individual to work on an exciting synthetic biology project to expand research expertise and develop his/her individual career. The post will involve research on developing synthetic biology enabling tools, and the design and testing of synthetic protein and gene circuits for advanced digital-like computing in living bacterial cells and populations.

You should have a MSc in synthetic biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biological engineering or other closely related field. You will have proven laboratory experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiological and DNA cloning and gene expression assay techniques. Proven laboratory-based research experience related to protein biochemistry or engineering, and gene network engineering would be desired. You will perform a laboratory-based research project and as part of this project you will design and test customized proteins and resulting genetic circuits.

Working under the supervision of Dr Baojun Wang, based in the leading Edinburgh Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology and the School of Biological Sciences which have worldwide reputation and state-of-the-art facilities for molecular and cellular analysis.

For information of our previous related research, please see Pinto et al. , "An expanded library of orthogonal split inteins enables modular multi-peptide assemblies", Nature Communications , 2020, 11, 1529; Ho et al. , "A systematic approach to inserting split inteins for Boolean logic gate engineering and basal activity reduction", Nature Communications , 2021, 12, 2200. Lab website

Your Skills And Attributes For Success

  • a MSc degree in in synthetic biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biological engineering, automation
  • Experience in bacterial cell culture and gene expression assay
  • Experience in molecular biology and/or biochemistry techniques and general laboratory skills
  • Knowledge and experience of synthetic biology and/or biocomputing
  • Knowledge and experience of genetic circuit design and characterization

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As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages

The University may be able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. This will depend on a number of factors specific to the successful applicant.

About Us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.


As the modern inheritors of our 400-year-old reputation for excellence, our staff and students contribute to a vibrant academic community whose visions are shaping tomorrow’s world. The School of Biological Sciences is at the leading edge in teaching, research and innovation. Independent rankings such as the Times Higher Education consistently place us amongst the top 25 universities in the world for biological sciences. We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and to recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development opportunities for all staff. We place a particular focus on development for early-career researchers (postgraduate and postdoctoral research staff and personal fellowship holders), offering mentoring and an active ‘BioDocSoc’ organisation that brings together researchers for networking, events and training opportunities.

The School of Biological Sciences holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

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