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Postdoctoral Researcher - Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 $71.3K - $117.6K

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  • You must be a recent PhD graduate with research experience in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, and systems biology. Strong problem-solving skills, ability to set goals, and deliver high-quality results within tight timelines are essential. Experience with genetic tools, anaerobic microorganisms, and CRISPR is a plus.
  • You will independently conduct research in a lab, collaborate with team members, communicate results, publish findings, and work in a multidisciplinary team.

Graduate Job

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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 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 the Agile BioFoundry (ABF) project to conduct metabolic engineering and synthetic biology to integrate, evolve, and improve new pathways and new genes in engineered strains for production of renewable fuels and chemicals from various biomass-derived intermediates. 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 lead to industrially relevant strain performance.


  • Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.* Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
  • Additional Required Qualifications;
  • Research experience in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology in non -model bacteria
  • Development and implementation of novel genetic tools
  • Experience with systems biology methods
  • Take 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 metabolic engineering and synthetic biology
  • 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
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Development and deployment of CRISPR-based applications
  • Experience with engineering and cultivation of anaerobic microorganisms
  • Experience in bioreactor cultivation
  • Basic analytical skills including HPLC

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


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


Work type

Full time

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71300 - 117600 USD