research associate positions in bacterial synthetic biology and cell-free systems

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We are seeking outstanding candidates for research associate positions in bacterial synthetic biology and cell-free systems. The successful candidates will either take part in (1) an ongoing French national grand challenge project aimed at biologics production (Grand-Defi-Biomedicamentor (2) a European H2020 project aimed at developing a biosensing platform for multiplex detection of cancer metastasis biomarkers (

The positions are open at the MICALIS institute (INRAE, University of Paris-Saclay), a research unit of more than 350 researchers developing multidisciplinary approaches and promoting microbial systems biology towards the development of synthetic biology applications for health and biotechnology. Within MICALIS, the recruiting research team specializes in developing whole-cell and cell-free synthetic biology for metabolic pathways and biosensor engineering to produce biologically active molecules and monitor disease biomarkers.

For the first position, the successful candidate will be responsible for antimicrobial proteins (AMPs) production in E. coli cell-free systems. For the second position, the person recruited will be responsible for engineering biosensing pathways triggering the production of chemical signals detectable by surface-enhanced Raman scattering. Additional descriptions and the expected responsibilities of the persons recruited can be found at:

Applicants profile:

    • Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree, preferably with post-doctoral experience, in one or more of: systems & synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, molecular biology, protein bioproduction, cell-free systems.
    • Essential skills required include experimental protocols and analytical techniques used in synthetic biology and molecular biology. Experience with cell-free systems is expected for the first position and experience in designing and engineering metabolic pathways and/ or biosensing devices are desirable for the second.
    • Ability to write high-quality research manuscripts, strong collaborative skills, and excellent communication skills in English are required.

The positions are open for 12 months from Sept. 1rst, 2021 (then renewable for two additional years). The appointee will be hired through fixed-term contracts in accordance with the French legislation. A competitive salary will be proposed based on qualifications and experience.

To Apply: Applicants should indicate which position they are applying for (cell-free or biosensing), send a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of intent explaining their motivations for the position, and contact details of at least two references. Send your queries/ applications to: [email protected] and [email protected].

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