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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

Eligo Bioscience, a recent MIT/Rockefeller startup, are currently looking for postdoctoral scientists to join their international research team.

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK is offering a job position as a Postdoctoral Scientist (Deadline June, 11th, 2017).

Postdoctoral Scientist – PNAC.
Starting Salary £30,162 to £32,975 per annum,
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK

Biomaker Challenge is a four-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology. From colorimeters to microfluidics and beyond, we’re looking for frugal, open source and DIY approaches to biological experiments.

The OpenPlant Fund is now open to proposals for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology. Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach and policy work.

O'Reilly Bio and BioCoder are actively seeking original content submissions for their O'Reilly Bio Ideas webpage.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is advertising several postdoctoral research fellow positions for recent PhD graduates, including in areas relevant to synthetic biology.

Make A Difference is an idea challenge hosted by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) and the Institute of Production Engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg. It aims towards making a social and ecological impact based on the open source principles.

Are you a postdoc looking to start a company? Perhaps you’ve got an idea, but you need help getting it down on paper or presenting to investors.

The Biomaker Challenge is a four-month interdisciplinary programme with multiple teams building low-cost sensors and instruments for biology, co-organised by OpenPlant, the Synthetic Biology SRI and CamBridgeSens. We are looking for a coordinator for 10 weeks Jun-Sep 2017 to take responsibility for supporting the participating teams and managing online communications and social media.

Cambridge-Africa have announced the 2017 call for applications for the ALBORADA Research Fund

The SynBio SRI promotes open technologies for research among early-career researchers through events programmes and grants. The Mozilla Fellowships for Open Science are an excellent opportunity for ECRs who are working to advance Open Access, Open Source or Open Science in their research and want to step up their involvement.

The Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC) has announced the Ninth International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) at the University of Pittsburgh, set to bring together researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design automation communities to discuss concepts, methodologies and software tools for the computational analysis and synthesis of biological systems.

Kickstart your entrepreneurial career and start developing your venture at the next Venture Creation Weekend from 23 to 25 June 2017 at Cambridge Judge Business School. It's a chance to test your biotech or healthcare business idea, build a team and pitch to investors in 50 hours!

Border Labs have opened a 2017 award competition for inspiring explorers who go beyond the expected.

Dr James Ajioka and Dr Orr Yarkoni are offering a Development i-Teams project for Easter Term 2017, exploring the potential of their new way of dyeing fabric using engineered microorganisms in India.

FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. It is seeking applications from individuals who will implement the communication needs of the community.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security have announced an exceptional near-term opportunity for emerging leaders who wish to prepare for and contribute to ongoing discussions regarding biosecurity.

The International Materials Research Congress 2017 (IMRC) will provide and excellent opportunity to showcase open-source/low-cost hardwares.

The BBSRC has provided funds to support 12 summer students in the Research Experience Placements (REP) scheme. Projects that include mathematical skills training (covering Exploiting New Ways of Working) are highly desirable

We need a talented Application Scientist for the Edinburgh Genome Foundry (EGF), a facility for automated and high-throughput DNA assembly technologies based in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

Deep Science Ventures offers a paid and fully funded 6-month venture building program to change the world.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations.

A university-wide research network for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Opportunity for an outstanding post-doctoral scientist within the Patron Group at the Earlham Institute (EI) to work on a collaborative project with the O'Connor group at the John Innes Centre (JIC).

Where Scientists and Engineers come together to build ventures that matter.

The University of Manchester received major funding in 2014 for its Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SYNBIOCHEM) as a UK/European Centre of Excellence for the Synthetic Biology of fine and speciality chemicals production. Located in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, the Centre is at the forefront of international developments in the emerging science of Synthetic Biology.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Course in Synthetic Biology.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation invites applications for its synthetic biology future science fellowships.

A position is open for a postdoctoral research associate based at the OpenPlant Laboratory in Cambridge, within the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and directed by Prof. Jim Haseloff.

Are you interested in ‘Entrepreneurial’ way of thinking? Do you think you could make a difference with your ideas? (but don’t know how) Thinking of starting your own business?


The Engineering Biology Interdisciplinary Research Centre EngBio IRC is a centralised hub for Engineering Biology research in Cambridge. It brings together 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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