Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
University of Sheffield
Supervisor: Professor Phillip C Wright
Others involved: Several collaborative laboratories in the EU
We wish to exploit advances in systems biology to design reusable, standardised molecular building blocks that will produce a synthetic bacterium containing engineered chemical pathways for competitive, clean and sustainable biofuels production.
Working in part of a large team, this project is concerned with development and characterisation of parts, devices and systems for synthetic biology applications.
The ultimate goal is to construct a biological system for biofuels generation.
Your part of the project will involve working with (and characterising) recombinant gene _expression systems in a range of bacteria.
You will be involved in particular with proteomic and transcriptomic characterisation.
You will need to be able to work in a multidisciplinary team.
The project will involve research visits to collaborating labs in the EU.
Students should have a good first degree (an hons 2i and above) in a biological science, molecular biology, biochemistry or allied discipline.
Applications from chemical/biochemical engineers or other scientists (eg chemists) will be considered if you have some strengths/interests in blending molecular biology with engineering.
Although the project is mainly experimental, some interest in the modelling side of synthetic biology will be an advantage.
This studentship is available in early 2007 for a period of three years.
Applications, with a letter of application and detailed CV, together with the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to Mr M White, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD, UK. Email: M.I.White [at] sheffield.ac.uk.
Ref No: ST440
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