Postdoctoral Researcher - Fermentation and Bioprocess Development
Employment Type: Full-Time
Postdoctoral Researcher - Fermentation and Bioprocess Development
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
Working at NREL
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 and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
From day one at NREL, you'll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you'll have the opportunity to engage though our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
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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. The Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center at NREL within the BioEnergy Science and Technology Directorate 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 successful candidate will work in two projects (Agile BioFoundry and Biological Valorization of Lignin) to conduct bioprocess development in bioreactors in a large multi-laboratory team for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals from biomass-derived sugars and lignin. The specific role will require aerobic and anaerobic cultivations with various bacterial strains from 1 mL to 150-L scales, integrated with systems biology studies, to improve titer, rate, yield, and other relevant bioprocess parameters. Certain experimental campaigns will be designed in close collaboration with molecular biologists and computational biologists to maximize to the useful output from each bioreactor cultivation campaign.
The successful candidate will have the ability to conduct laboratory experiments with minimal supervision and with the utmost regard to safety, as well as the ability to learn new techniques and protocols.
The successful candidate will be able to:
* Work safely and independently in a laboratory setting
* Plan and execute research in collaboration with other researchers
* Communicate scientific results effectively, both in written and oral formats
* Author peer-reviewed publications, and
* Work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional team of engineers, chemists, and biologists.
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
Additional Required Qualifications
* Research experience in microbiology and bioreactor cultivations including batch, fed-batch, and continuous operation modes
* Experience with non-model bacterial cultivations
* Takes initiative to set direction and goals for assigned tasks
* A skilled researcher who applies, on a broad basis, existing theories, principles, and concepts, and is fully competent in all conventional applications of knowledge common to microbiology, fermentation and function of work assigned
* Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
* Ability to deliver high-quality results within aggressive timelines
* Strong record of quality peer-reviewed publications
* Strong safety record
* Demonstrated ability to follow complex standard operating procedures with attention to detail
* Experience with multi-omics sample collection and data analysis
* Experience working with metabolic engineers to design, build, and test strain performance
* Analytical chemistry experience with HPLC, GC-FID, GC-MS, and/or LC-MS
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Annual Salary Range: $68,000 - $112,200
Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate's education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee's salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-term disability insurance*; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; and paid holidays. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement.
* Based on eligibility rules
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