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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher – Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology for Designer PHAs in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher – Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology for Designer PHAs

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)

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Hours Per Week

40

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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 NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.

A postdoctoral researcher role is available in NREL’s Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center.

For this position, the successful candidate will work on a collaborative project focusing on metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for the production of new classes of designer PHAs with novel properties for biodegradable plastics. The successful candidate will also be expected to work with a highly collaborative team within the Agile BioFoundry (ABF) to leverage the synthetic biology, advanced computational biology tools, systems biology, and bioprocess development capabilities. This work will ultimately lead to industrially relevant strains that will be scaled-up and deployed by an existing industrial partner.

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Work safely and independently in a laboratory setting

  • Plan and execute research in collaboration with other researchers

  • Develop bacterial strains to produce designer (non-natural) PHAs with different compositions

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

  • Author peer-reviewed publications, and

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

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Basic Qualifications

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

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Additional Required Qualifications

  • Research experience in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology

  • Development and implementation of modern genetic tools

  • Experience with systems biology approaches

  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to deliver high-quality results within aggressive timelines

  • Strong record of quality peer-reviewed publications

  • Strong safety record

  • PhD in biological engineering, chemical engineering, molecular biology, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with metabolic engineering in non-model bacteria

  • Experience with PHAs

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Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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EEO Policy

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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.

NREL is subject to Department of Energy (DOE) access restrictions. All candidates must be authorized to access the facility per DOE rules and guidance within a reasonable time frame for the specified position in order to be considered for an interview. DOE rules for site access during the interview process are the same regardless of whether the candidate is interviewed on-site, off-site, or via telephone or videoconference. Additionally, DOE contractor employees are prohibited from participating in certain Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs (FGTRPs). If a candidate is currently participating in an FGTRP, they will be required to disclose their participation after receiving an offer of employment and may be required to disengage from participation in the FGTRP prior to commencing employment. Any offer of employment is conditional on the ability to obtain work authorization and to be granted access to NREL by the Department of Energy (DOE). We understand that COVID-19 may have caused delays or closures at offices, consulates, and embassies. However, NREL cannot make exceptions to work authorization and access requirements, and exceptions to these requirements are not being made for COVID-19 related delays.

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