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Open Positions

Join the Cellular Engineering & Applied Synthetic Biology Lab

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellowships are available for highly motivated individuals interested in the development of genetic systems for engineering novel microbes to degrade and upcycle plastic waste, or new directions in synthetic biology. Preferred skills include some of the following: molecular cloning, metabolic modeling, genomics, systems biology.


Please send your CV, a statement of research interests and career goals (less than 1 page), and a list of 3 references.

Feb 02, 2024

PhD Students
(Fall 2024)

The Blenner Lab is seeking up to 3 PhD students from Chemical Engineering, CBI, and Microbiology.

Project topics include, but are not limited to:

1. Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering of plastic degradation and upcycling.

2. Mammalian cell synthetic biology, for cell therapies, gene therapies, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. 

3. Synthetic biology appproaches to enhancing manufacturability in bioprocesses. 

Email Prof. Blenner to setup a meeting.

Feb 02, 2024

Feb 02, 2024

Undergraduate Researchers
(by 2/29)

Feb 02, 2024

Synthetic Biology
REU Program
(due 2/29)

We are currently looking for up to 4 undergraduate researchers with an interest

1) mammalian synthetic biology, cell culture, cell & gene therapy, and biopharmaceuticals;

2) discovery of plastic degrading microbes and their enzymes;

3) pharmaceutical intermediate biomanufacturing and synthetic biology

4) environmental synthetic biology for remediation and sustainability

Positions start in the Spring/Summer 2024. Students are expected to work full time during the Summer of 2024 on their research projects. Apply by Feb 29 for full consideration.

Pursue cutting-edge research in synthetic biology for applications in sustainability, health, agriculture, materials and biocatalysis with world-recognized experts in applied synthetic biology at the University of Delaware in a 10-week program. Apply by Feb 29 for full consideration.


During the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering summer research experience program, students will have the opportunity to work alongside current graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, peers and faculty mentors. Our professional development workshops are geared towards providing hands-on research experiences and experimentation to prepare you for future research careers such as industry, academia, and government. While in the program, you will also participate in multiple research seminars, social activities, plus, earn a summer stipend of $6.5k*.

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