Postdoctoral research assistant

We have a opening for a 3-year BBSRC funded PDRA position to work on the development of cell-free systems for the study of antimicrobials and resistance. Closing date 11th February 2024. Please visit the link for further details -

PhD students

We currently don't have any upcoming funding opportunities, however, we are always keen to hear from keen individuals with a specific interest to learn about cell-free systems or synthetic biology. We particularly welcome students or fellows looking to obtain their own scholarships, through government-funding, or for those showing a specific interest in our work with the relevant qualifications, we are willing to support ad hoc applications to equivalent schemes. Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) also has a range of scholarships for prospective PhD students that include funding cover for international students: please check out the following link for further information. Examples of funding schemes are also listed below:

The main funding partners QMUL will work with for PhD funding are:

Independent funding / Masters / summer student projects

We regularly support summer studentships and MSc research students. Potential projects are listed below. We are also keen to support individuals seeking independent funding from UK or international fellowships, studentships or short-term placement schemes. We are particularly keen to support individuals seeking to learn and expand the area of cell-free synthetic biology. In addition, we also welcome self-funded individuals. Please contact Dr Simon Moore at simon.moore[at] for informal discussions.

Synthetic biology for natural products

Synthetic biology is accelerating the discovery of promising new bioactive natural products. We are interested in studying "silent" biosynthetic gene clusters and specific pathways of interest. Our focus is on developing tools that overcome barriers in natural product discovery, as well as studying and engineering biosynthetic pathways.

Novel antibiotics for Gram-negative bacterial infectious diseases

There is an urgent need to develop new antibiotics to prevent mortality from infectious diseases. We are working on new methodologies to identify antibiotics that inhibit Gram-negative bacteria (to be published).

Cell-free transcription-translation and biosynthesis

Cell-free systems are a rapidly developing area in synthetic biology for the implementation of the design-built-test-learn cycle. We are interested in the potential of using cell-free systems to study genetics, biosynthetic gene clusters and single enzymes from natural product biosynthesis.