National Renewable Energy Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher - Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology in Golden, Colorado
Postdoctoral Researcher - Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The Hybrid Processing Center at NREL has an opening for a full time Postdoctoral Researcher within the Synthetic Biology and Bioconversion group. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal up to three years.
The Hybrid Processing Center is conducting research to improve biomass conversion to fuels, chemicals, and materials. Successful candidates will work on a collaborative project focusing on
metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for the production of renewable chemicals from biomass-derived sugars. In particular, focus will be placed on collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team for engineering non-model microbes to convert biomass-derived pentose and hexose sugars to organic acids as intermediates towards biofuel production. Moreover, the successful candidate will work with bioprocess engineers for scale-up activities in bioreactor cultivations to improve strain performance in an iterative fashion. This work will ultimately lead to industrially relevant strains and biofuel production processes.
The successful candidate will be able to:
work safely and independently in a laboratory setting
advise other researchers in the planning and execution of experimental work
communicate scientific results effectively, both written and oral
author peer-reviewed publications
work collaboratively in a large, multidisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, and biologists.
Must be a recent, related PhD graduate within the last three years.
Additional Required Qualifications
Research experience in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology
Development and implementation of novel genetic tools
Demonstrated experience with metabolic engineering in non-model bacteria
Experience with systems biology methods
PhD degree in Biological Engineering, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field
Development and deployment of CRISPR-based applications
Experience with engineering and cultivation of anaerobic microorganisms including ideally Clostridium species
Experience in fermenter cultivations
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