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AGC - Open Rank Faculty Position on Synthetic Biology

Morocco (MA)
Closing date
21 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Other Academic
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of the center: The African Genome Center (AGC), a research-focused entity, operates through four key research axes: Biodiversity Genomics, OMICS and Metabolic Engineering, Genome Editing, and Natural Product Chemistry and Metabolomics. Hosting an advanced genomics platform, it aims to serve as a central hub for genome biology research and training in Morocco and Africa.

The AGC Team is an international and multicultural scientific community. Its primary mission is to democratize genomics research on the African continent. This involves conducting both basic and applied scientific research in areas such as agriculture, conservation, environment, food security, and health. Additionally, the center is committed to contributing to technological transfers and training highly qualified personnel.

The African Genome Centre is seeking to appoint an Open Rank faculty member with expertise in Synthetic Biology, focusing on the creation of biosensors and biosystems applicable to agriculture, environment, food, and biomedical fields.

The candidate should have a background in drug design, disease diagnosis, genome engineering for industrial purposes, optimized synthesis of various industrially relevant chemical compounds, and engineering microbial communities. Additionally, the candidate should possess skills in designing and modeling biological circuits.

The applicant should have an outstanding publication track record in the area. Applicants should be proactive in pursuing independent research program, able to work collaboratively and show evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The position will be part of an interdisciplinary environment, where the candidate will be able to interact with researchers in diverse areas from biodiversity Genomics, natural product chemistry, microbial engineering, agriculturall and environmental biotechnology, to metabolic engineering and microbiology, among others.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities encompass:

  • Supervising graduate students and postdocs in bioengineering, biotechnology, synthetic biology.
  • Developing collaborative research programs in synthetic biology for potential industrial application.
  • Supporting institutional research and academic programs and actively participating in institutional 


  • Ph.D. in bioengineering, biotechnology, synthetic biology, or related fields.
  • Postdoctoral experience is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in Synthetic Biology evidenced by publications and research projects.
  • Strong communication skills suitable for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to both research and training.

Application Procedure: Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three references to [SuccessFactor Link].

For more information, visit the AGC website: or email: Pr. Mohamed Hijri.

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