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Job opportunity at Isomerase Therapeutics

Isomerase Therapeutics is a drug discovery and development company based in Cambridge, UK, with particular expertise in the discovery and development of optimised microbial and fungal natural products.

As a key member of the scientific team in a thriving biotech company, you will play an important role in developing the next generation of natural product-based therapeutics. Your duties will include carrying out synthetic biology techniques, small scale bacterial/fungal fermentations and analysis of secondary metabolite production.

You should possess a relevant science degree, preferably a PhD and have worked in a laboratory environment. Practical experience of standard molecular/synthetic biology techniques is essential. Previous experience with biosynthetic engineering, fermentation optimisation and culturing of fungus and/or actinomycetes would be advantageous. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and reporting skills, be comfortable working as part of a team and should be keen to develop new techniques and methodologies.

We offer a competitive salary and a highly stimulating working environment. If you are interested in working to shape the future of a young and dynamic company and believe you have the skills and enthusiasm required then please forward a CV with a cover letter to info@isomerase.co.uk. Entitlement to work in the UK is essential. No recruitment agencies, please. Closing date 9th December 2016.

4 Year PhD positions at JIC

4 year PhD position available in the Osbourn lab at the John Innes Centre – start date Oct 2017: Directing biosynthesis of bioactive triterpenes for pharmaceutical applications
For more information please http://students.jic.ac.uk/directing-biosynthesis-of-bioactive-triterpenes-for-pharmaceutical-applications-osbourn_j17dtp/

4 year PhD position available in the Wilkinson lab at the John Innes Centre – start date Oct 2017: Targeting bacteria virulence
http://students.jic.ac.uk/targeting-bacterial-virulence-wilkinson_j17dtp1/

4 year PhD position available in the Wilkinson lab at the John Innes Centre – start date Oct 2017: Ant Pharming: genome mining for new antibiotics
http://students.jic.ac.uk/ant-pharming-genome-mining-for-new-antibiotics-wilkinson_j17dtp2/

Directing Biosynthesis V – 22nd – 24th March, 2017 – Warwick

This is the fifth in a series of meetings on natural product synthesis run by the Royal Society of Chemistry and supported by BBSRC. The conference takes place at the University of Warwick from the 22nd-24th March 2017. Full details can be found at http://rsc.li/dbv

Please note the following deadlines:
• Oral abstracts – 9th October 2016
• Poster abstracts – 8th January 2017
• Early bird registration deadline – 22nd January 2017
• Standard registration deadline – 22nd February 2017

Postdoc Openings – Takano group, University of Manchester

We have vacancies for 2 Postdoctoral Research Associates to work on a H2020-funded project: “TOPCAPI: Thoroughly Optimised Production Chassis for Advanced Pharmaceutical Ingredients”, based within the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. This 4-year project involves a total of 8 academic and industry partners from 4 different EU countries. The aim of the TOPCAPI project is to exploit the natural fabrication power of actinomycetes as microbial cell factories to produce high-value pharmaceutical ingredients.

We are looking for
1) One Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in synthetic and/or molecular biology allied to strong interests in genome editing, with a strong back ground in the manipulation of actinomycetes.
For more details and to apply see: https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/universityofmanchesterinternal/displayjob.aspx?jobid=12186

2) One Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in computational biology, aligned with the requirements of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering.
For more details and to apply see:
https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/universityofmanchesterinternal/displayjob.aspx?jobid=12187

The positions are initially funded for 2 years with a possibility for extension to a maximum of 4 years.
The deadline for applications is 16 October 2016.

Directing Biosynthesis V – 22nd-24th March 2017

This is the fifth in a series of meetings on natural product synthesis run by the Royal Society of Chemistry and supported by BBSRC. The conference takes place at the University of Warwick from the 22nd-24th March 2017. Full details can be found at http://rsc.li/dbv

Please note the following deadlines:
• Oral abstracts – 9th October 2016
• Poster abstracts – 8th January 2017
• Early bird registration deadline – 22nd January 2017
• Standard registration deadline – 22nd February 2017

Genopole Young Biotech Award – Closing Date 3rd October

Genopole is France’s leading biocluster for biotechnologies and research in genomics and genetics, is built upon the model of American and European campuses and unites innovative high-tech life sciences companies, public and private research and higher education facilities at a single site in Evry/Corbeil-Essonnes, just south of Paris. They have launched the Young Biotech Award competition for 2016 First prize : €100,000 and it is open to international projects and start-ups.

Who can apply?
→ A researcher, entrepreneur or student
→ Conceptualizing an innovation or developing one within a start-up (<3 years old) → Biotech applied to the following sectors: environment, food and agriculture and industry Want to know more about the Genopole Young Biotech Award? Follow this link! Contact details are : helene.virasith@genopole.fr, or Emily Hamblin | Regional Manager – Europe, West | UK Science & Innovation Network | British Embassy | 35 Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré | 75008 Paris | email: emily.hamblin@fco.gov.uk | telephone: +33 (0)1 44 51 31 39 | mobile: +33 (0)6 78 71 99 78: Alison MacEwen – alison.macewen@fco.gov.uk

GCRF Call for Evidence

http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/gcrf-call-for-evidence/

RCUK have launched a call for evidence to gather views on the high-level challenges that will form the basis of the funding calls from the GCRF Collective Fund, the information gathered will also be shared with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies. Your views on the most effective ways of delivering GCRF would also be appreciated.

Input is being requested from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisation and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK, so please feel free to highlight wider.

The survey closes at 16.00 on 22 August.

OpenPlant Forum and Industry-Academia Networking Event

25th – 27th July 2016
John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich

The OpenPlant Forum is the annual meeting of the BBSRC-EPSRC funded OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre. Funded under the Synthetic Biology for Growth programme, the Centre promotes interdisciplinary exchange, open technologies for innovation and responsible innovation for sustainable agriculture and biotechnology.

The OpenPlant Forum will provide a platform for a multidisciplinary exploration of applications for reprogrammed plant and agricultural systems, and the wider implications of potentially disruptive new technologies. The first day will investigate the growing potential for reprogramming plant feedstocks, and the relative benefits of these systems for bioproduction. Following on from this, the second day will focus on the tools that will enable innovation and exchange to realise the growing potential.

The Forum will be preceded by an industry-academia networking event focussed on platforms and chassis for plant synthetic biology.

The OpenPlant Forum and industry-academia networking event are open to all and free to attend. Please register via the OpenPlant website: www.openplant.org/openplantforum. If you have any queries, please contact colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk.