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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

A postdoctoral position is available for 12 months (in the first instance, extension possible) from 1 March 2024 to work with Florian Hollfelder at the Biochemistry Department of Cambridge University ( The...

 Funding is available to develop your research projects towards real-world impacts beyond academia.  A wide range of activities can be funded by this award, for example: stakeholder engagement; policy workshops; prototype development for...

This scheme is open to all Principal Investigators in the School of Biological Sciences and aims to support ...

Applicants are invited for two 4-year PhD studentships in the Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN) from October 2024. These students will join the Cambridge Biosciences Doctoral Training Programme, participate in training and cohort-building events, and undertake a...

Applications are invited for the Astra Zeneca PhD studentship in Identifying opportunities to overcome the immunosuppressive role of Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts. The post is based primarily in the University of Cambridge Department of Surgery on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, with some time...

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to invite applications for a University Professor (Grade 11) in Synthetic Biology/Engineering Biology.

This recruitment to the Department of Biochemistry is part of a strategic initiative to grow bioengineering in the School of the Biological...

The EngBio IRC supports postgrads (master’s and PhD students) and postdocs within the University of Cambridge Synthetic and Engineering Biology community to develop their own research skills, enable collaborations with different stakeholders and foster their interdisciplinary, cross-departmental...

Applications are invited for an Associate Professor post in Synthetic Biology/Engineering Biology, available from April 2024.

Key responsibilities include teaching undergraduates, conducting world-leading research, advising postgraduate students and post-doctoral workers, and other duties...

Bio-spark is an entrepreneurial programme and support system for early-career academics considering a career in business and enterprise.

Bio-spark is a gateway into industry and start-up formation. It is a fellowship programme that...

The aim of the programme is to fund 4-year Non-Clinical PhD studentships research areas which align with the strategic interests of AstraZeneca. The three broad areas of research interests are:

  • Innovative Technologies
  • ...

There are a range of funding opportunities on offer from the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences (CATS) to support and develop research endeavours across the Biological Sciences.

Bit Bio are looking for a motivated scientist with a strong background in stem cell biology and differentiation principles (embryonic development and/or cellular reprogramming), combined with experience in transcriptomic and/or epigenetic characterization of cell states, to...

Recordings from our November No-Code Programming for Biology workshops are now available online. Follow along to get started with your own custom devices.

We are seeking a synthetic biologist highly experienced in DNA and gene assembly techniques, and optimization of biochemical processes.

You will join the growing team developing our enzymatic DNA synthesis technology, based in the Cambridge Science Park. This role would suit a keen and enthusiastic, recently qualified PhD graduate 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 seeking highly innovative organic chemists with the experience and drive necessary to develop our ground-breaking new platform for DNA synthesis. As a member of the chemistry team, you will play a key role in the design and synthesis of the highly novel organic molecules required for the synthesis of DNA in a massively parallel fashion. You will also be involved in the development of the automated chemistry processes that will underpin our technology.

These are very exciting roles at the cutting edge of biotechnology and synthetic biology. You will be working as part of a closely knit multidisciplinary team of engineers, physicists, surface chemists, software engineers and biologists, and so will possess a willingness to rapidly learn the new skills required to develop this radical new technology.

Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK is leading the way in applying techniques from diverse fields such as biology, machine learning, human-computer interaction, systems, security and programming languages to explore new domains of research in areas such as healthcare, cloud computing, and programming biological systems.

We are looking for an intern to join us in the last of these. Our Biological Computation group in Cambridge is developing theory, methods and software for understanding and programming information processing in biological systems. Our research currently focuses on three main areas: Molecular Programming, Synthetic Biology and Stem Cell Biology. We need someone who can develop and apply computational methods to help us transform our experimental data into a mechanistic understanding of biological processes, helping create the foundations of a platform for programming biological systems.

There is no closing deadline for this post. The post will be filled once suitable candidates are found so if you are interested please apply as soon as possible.


The Engineering Biology Interdisciplinary Research Centre EngBio IRC is a centralised hub for Engineering Biology research in Cambridge. It brings together researchers, commercial partners and external collaborators. It supports researchers working across disciplines - at the intersections of biology, engineering, computer sciences, design and bioethics.

We promote interdisciplinary exchange through a regular event series, researcher-led initiatives and seed-funding for projects. Find out more about EngBio IRC events and opportunities below.

The EngBio IRC is based in the Department of Biochemistry and serves staff and students across the University's six schools and affiliated institutes.


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