PhD positions in synthetic biology at European Doctoral network - SYNSENSO (MSCA)

SYNSENSO is a new Doctoral Network (DN) coordinated by the Technische Universität Darmstadt, that is set out to develop new, game-changing combinatorial biosensors. Funded within the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), SYNSENSO follows an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach by bringing together academic and industrial experts from the fields of cell-free synthetic biology and molecular sensor design.

Cell-free synthetic biology and its use in biosensor design will be transformative for domains ranging from in-vitro diagnostics to health, environmental and bioprocess monitoring, yielding fast and cost-efficient sensors with unprecedented sensitivity and specificity.

Five academic research groups and two industrial partners, coordinated by Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany, join forces in SYNSENSO to create a mobility and training platform for young scientists by means of cross-site, interdisciplinary research projects. The Doctoral Candidates (DCs) will work on individual research projects in order to devise new logic circuits in cell-free systems, build novel responsive elements for analyte detection and integrate logic circuits with response elements to build and test next-generation, combinatorial biosensors.

The project offers the DCs research and training excellence in synthetic biology and biosensor design. The partners of SYNSENSO are leading research groups in synthetic biology and sensors design and their research institutes actively promote young researchers. The 6 academic research groups and 4 partners from the private sector join forces in SYNSENSO to create a platform of intersectoral and multidisciplinary mobility and training. To complement the academic and scientific goals of the DCs, the project offers customized research projects, structured interdisciplinary local and network-wide transferable skills training activities, and secondments at top-ranking European universities and industry partners. Positions are based in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and the UK.


Candidates profile

  • MSc, MRes, MEng, or equivalent in Life Science (Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, etc), Bioengineering, Physics or a related discipline (not in possession of a doctoral degree)
  • Wet-lab experience, in particular with genetic engineering or molecular biology
  • Interested to work in the field of synthetic biology
  • Appreciation for interdisciplinary work and proactive drive to collaborate across disciplines
  • proficient in English language
  • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date.

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Deadline: 15 August 2022.