DNA Foundry Manager

Salary range:

£39,150 - £47,850

Post No.


Contract length:

36 months


Engineering Biology

Opening date:

26 October 2017

Closing date:

22 November 2017

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Applications are invited for a DNA Foundry Manager to join the Engineering Biology Programme at the Earlham Institute. 


The Earlham DNA Foundry is part of the UK National Capability in Genomics and Single Cell. It is one of four UK foundries that underpin the UK synthetic biology road map. Using start-of-the-art laboratory automation and synthetic biology approaches, the Foundry has automated nanoscale pipelines for (i) part-based assembly and bacterial transformation, (ii) quality control of assemblies and (iii) delivery of constructs to chassis organisms. The mission of the Foundry is to bring these capabilities to bear on research in academic in Industry.

The role:

The post holder will manage the growth and sustainability of the Foundry. They will establish and manage synthetic biology workflows at the Earlham DNA Foundry. This will include working with automation specialists and technical assistants to develop and execute protocols in DNA assembly, biosynthesis and genome engineering. In addition, they will engage and communicate with researchers in academia and industry to promote the mission of the Earlham Foundry and to establish and develop new collaborations.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology or a related subject. They will have an in-depth understanding of molecular biology laboratory techniques, such as molecular cloning and purification of DNA. The post-holder will have experience of collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, ideally on large-scale projects. They will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £38,520 to £47,080 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a contract of three years, with potential for extension in the future.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.earlham.ac.uk/ or contact Human Resources, Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, 01603 450462 quoting reference 1003291.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. 

The closing date for applications will be 22nd November 2017.