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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


Funding, job and studentship opportunities in synthetic and engineering biology both within Cambridge and externally.

Opportunities by Category

Funding Opportunities: internal and external grant funding opportunities and other sources of funding.

Job Opportunities: a list of current and past postdoc, lecturer and senior academic roles as well as roles in Cambridge-based companies and wider opportunitites across synthetic and engineering biology.

Internships: placements outside of academia in industry, policy organisations and other environments. 

Postgraduate studentships: PhD studentships, Masters courses and other postgraduate placement opportunities.

Undergraduate placement opportunities: if you are looking for a summer placement or Part II or Part III project, we can signpost to relevant synthetic and/or engineering biology labs based on your interests. Please email

All Opportunities

Postdoc position available at the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Working to understand how post-translational signalling orchestrates plant immunity.

Postdoc-level position available at AstraZeneca Cambridge. Working to conduct proof of concept studies in the In Vivo Expressed Biologics department.

Postdoc-level position available at Oxford Nanopore Technologies. Working to develop diagnostic tests for regulatory approval and use in clinical settings globally.

Postdoc-level position available with Lonza R&D company. Working to improve mammalian host cell line functionality.

12 week bioinformatics internship available at Illumina, Cambridge. Suitable for 3rd-year undergraduates and above.

Cambridge Consultants are looking for a proven leader experienced in defining growth strategies in innovative and emerging business areas, engaging with clients and collaborating to define breakthrough innovation projects.

Fully funded PhD/DPhil studentships available to train the next generation of cutting-edge antimicrobial resistance researchers.

A total of £4M is available through a new collaboration between the BBSRC and NC3Rs focused on supporting alternatives to in vivo models in bioscience research.

Up to £40,000 funding to develop design-based solutions for specific net zero and climate crisis challenges facing UK coastal and island communities.

£20,000 prizes available to recognise individuals or teams who have made outstanding contributions in medical research in the areas of Open Science Impact, Outstanding Team Impact and Early Career Impact.

£2000 funding for early career researchers working on on cross-disciplinary data science or AI to provide a step towards an independent research career.

Up to £625k fellowship for outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering.

Postdoc position available in the lab of Dr. Pietro Cicuta, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge. Working on developing new devices to grow lung cells in physiological conditions.

Up to £27.5k funding for collaborative projects between Tsinghua University and the University of Cambridge that contribute to addressing challenges relating to the climate emergency and the transition to a zero-carbon future.

Up to £300K funding for early career researchers who have yet to make the transition to be an independent researcher. Funding for research within social and economic sciences and the interface with the wider sciences.

The Engineering Biology IRC is pleased to announce the dates for the 2022 No-Code Programming for Biology Training Workshop. The workshop will take place over two sessions from 5:30-7:00pm on 27th June and 1st July, and will include hands-on sessions, as well as the opportunity to meet other budding biomakers.

Postdoctoral Research Associate position available in the lab of Dr Diana Fusco at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Working across molecular and synthetic biology, physics and evolutionary biology to understand mechanisms of biofilm resilience.

Assistant Professor - Synthetic Biology position available at University of Florida.

Up to £20,000 funding for development of relationships with non-academic stakeholders, beneficiaries, and partners in topics related to social sciences.

£3-5 million funding to undertake world-leading research to advance the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in the UK.

£2 million funding for bioscience research that addresses significant fundamental questions in bioscience.

Up to £1,500 plus administrative assistance to support collaborative initiatives that reach across disciplinary boundaries, including those between the sciences and the humanities. Applications weclome from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and academics.

Up to £125,000 for outstanding international research leaders to undertake a flexible 12 month period of sabbatical leave in a UK university or research institution, to foster international collaborative links and enriching scientific research in the host organisation as well as the wider UK science base.

Up to £300,000 grants to enable UK universities and not-for-profit research institutions to attract and recruit internationally outstanding leading researchers to their organisation.

The Company of Biologists is looking for proposals for biological workshops in 2024. Funding and admistration will be covered by the company and they are lookign for experts to provide proposals and act as scientific leads. Applications welcome from the UK and countries from teh Global South.

Grants of up to $12.2k for groups working on existing or new open science hardware projects, with the aim of building collaboration with industry experts, groups, and organisations.

Postdoc-level position available at Cambridge synthetic biology startup Xap Therapeutics. Working with CRISPR technology to engineer iPSCs and create novel cell therapies.

Postdoc position available in the lab of Prof. David Lea-Smith at the University of East Anglia. Working on genetic engineering of bacteria to convert waste hydrocarbons into high-value compounds.

Postdoc-level position available at synthetic biology start-up CC Bio. Working to develop therapeutically useful peptides and enzymes capable of modifying the microbiome.

Position available for an experienced postdoc at technology consultants Sagentia Innovation. Workign to identify and evaluate biotechnology opportunities for clients from start-ups through to global market leaders.


The Engineering Biology Interdisciplinary Research Centre provides a hub for anyone interested in Engineering and Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge, as well as commercial partners and external collaborators.

We promote interdisciplinary exchange in the fields of engineering and synthetic biology through a regular event series and by funding projects at the intersection of biology, engineering, computing and design. Find out more about EngBio IRC events and opportunities below.


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