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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Post Doctoral Researcher - Computational Biology in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Post Doctoral Researcher - Computational Biology



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

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 National Bioenergy Center at NREL has an opening for a full time Postdoctoral Researcher within the Biological Process Development group. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal up to three years.

The National Bioenergy Center is conducting research to improve biomass conversion to fuels, chemicals, and materials. Successful candidates will work in the Agile BioFoundry project to conduct modeling of metabolic pathways, computational systems biology, and machine learning towards the production of renewable chemicals from biomass-derived sugars in collaboration with a large, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team. Candidates will work with systems biology and computational biology tools throughout their postdoctoral tenure to make direct recommendations to improve strain performance, develop new methods to integrate and learn from multi-omics datasets, and to examine pan-scale performance of engineered microbial strains. This work will lead to industrially relevant strain performance through Design-Build-Test-Learn and scale-up activities.

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • work both independently and collaboratively as needed

  • co-design the planning and execution of research with other researchers

  • communicate scientific results effectively, both in written and oral formats

  • author peer-reviewed publications, and

  • work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, and engineers.


Basic Qualifications

Must be a recent PhD graduate within related field in the last three years.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Research experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, biological systems modeling, flux balance analysis, and machine learning

  • Demonstrated experience in Python and/or other relevant programming languages

  • Systems biology experience

  • PhD degree in Biological Engineering, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field

Preferred Qualifications


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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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