NREL Postdoctoral Researcher-Biochemist/Biophysicist in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher-Biochemist/Biophysicist



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL emphasizes a well-integrated, interdisciplinary team approach to addressing the unique, fundamental research challenges for developing market relevant, renewable energy technologies. The NREL’s Biosciences Center has an immediate opening for a full-time (40 hours/week) Postdoctoral Researcher position in the Redox Biochemistry Group to conduct basic research on the electron transfer and biophysical mechanisms of flavin-based electron bifurcating enzymes. The candidate’s research responsibilities will include the application of spectroscopic (UV/Vis transient absorption, electron paramagnetic resonance, fluorescence), electrochemical (protein film voltammetry), and biochemical methods towards the broader goal of understanding how the protein environment tunes redox cofactors for efficient and challenging electron transfer reactions.

The research project will involve collaborations with internal and external groups. The candidate will be required on a regular basis to prepare manuscripts and reports on research progress, present results at national meetings, and to assist the project PI with the planning and organizing of project directions. To meet these requirements the candidate must possess strong organizational skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

The primary responsibility will be to conduct basic research on flavin-based electron bifurcating enzymes using a variety of methods including biochemical, photochemical, and spectroscopic approaches. Primary responsibilities include the preparation of results for publication, and regular reports on research progress. Will be expected to assist in project planning and proposal development. Some responsibility for the training and supervision of students and new postdoctoral scientists will also be required.

Additional Required Skills:

A Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Biophysics or Chemistry with emphasis on biochemical studies of the biophysical properties of redox enzymes. Graduate research experience in at least one of the following areas: flavoenzymes, transient absorption spectroscopy, EPR, and/or electrochemistry. Must have strong oral and written communication skills in English, a strong history of prior publication on relevant research and several years of experience working as a part of an interdisciplinary research team.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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


Preferred Qualifications

Previous working experience in conducting basic research on flavoenzymes including knowledge of techniques for expression and purification of recombinant proteins, and experience in working with oxygen-sensitive redox active biocatalysts.


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