2017 courses

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PhD opportunities

Title/topicUniversityClosing dateFurther details
Improving photosynthetic efficiency - engineering and evolution of light-harvesting complexesUniversity of Liverpool11 January 2019Details
Cyanobacterial synthetic biology tools derived from bacteriophagesNewcastle University11 January 2019Details
Characterising Colourful Protein Complexes for Biotechnological ApplicationsUniversity of BirminghamApplications accepted all year roundDetails
Using synthetic biology to develop natural sunscreen compounds from algaeUniversity of LiverpoolApplications accepted all year roundDetails
Photosynthetic regulation in the red algae Porphyridium cruentumSwansea UniversityApplications accepted all year roundDetails


Job opportunities

Job TitleInstitution/CompanyClosing dateFurther details
Postdoctoral position - super resolution imaging of the algal pyrenoidUniversity of York7 Jan 2019Details
Molecular & Microbial Biology Support ScientistSAMS8 Jan 2019Details
Senior Researcher in Algal BiotechnologySAMS11 Jan 2019Details
Research Associate - synthetic metabolism in cyanobacteriaImperial College London13 Jan 2019Details
Research fellowship position - algal biomass resourcesUniversity of Greenwich25 Jan 2019Details

BBSRC-funded NIBB (Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy)

  • ADNetwork (anaerobic digestion)
  • BIOCATNET (biocatalyst discovery, development and scale-up)
  • BioProNET (network in bioprocessing)
  • C1Net (gas fermentation)
  • CBMNet (crossing biological membranes)
  • FoodWasteNet (high value products from agricultural and food processing waste)
  • HVCfP (high value chemicals from plants)
  • IBCarb (glycoscience tools for biotechnology and bioenergy)
  • LBNet (lignocellulosic biorefinery)
  • Metals in Biology
  • NPRONET (natural products discovery and bioengineering)
  • P2P (plants to products)

Publicly-available reports

  • A Look Back at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program: Biodiesel from Algae (1998): link
  • Assessing the Potential for Algae in the UK (2009): link
  • Algal Research in the UK (2011): link
  • Algae and genetic modification: Research, production and risks (2012): link
  • Renewable Diesel from Algal Lipids: An Integrated Baseline for Cost, Emissions, and Resource Potential from a Harmonized Model (2012): link
  • A UK Roadmap for Algal Technologies (2013): link
  • Microalgae-based products for the food and feed sector: an outlook for Europe (2014): link
  • CBD Technical Series No.82: Synthetic Biology (2015): link

Other useful links

Algal strains can be obtained from:


Phyconet News

  • December 20, 2018

    The PHYCONET December 2018 newsletter is now available. This is our last newsletter, as the funding for the PHYCONET network finishes on 31st December. If you would like to be updated about the new Algae-UK network starting in early 2019, please email

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  • November 10, 2018

    Our final annual conference was held at the Wesley Hotel in London on 8-9 November. Attended by 75 delegates, the meeting included presentations from awardees of our various funding schemes – Proof of Concept, Business Interaction Vouchers and IB Seeding

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  • November 8, 2018

    BBSRC has announced, with the support of EPSRC, that £11M is to be committed to funding six Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB), and we are delighted that the application submitted by PHYCONET Director Saul Purton, “Algae-UK:

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