Post Doctorate RA - Environmental Microbiology - BSFA
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 36 reviews - Richland, WA

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A Postdoctoral Research Associate position in microbial physiology is available within the Environmental Microbiology Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to carry out research on cyanobacteria with specific emphasis on pathways of carbon, nitrogen, and redox metabolism that consume reductant and conserved energy resources produced by photosynthetic light reactions.

The project is part of PNNL Biofuels Scientific Focus Area (BSFA) which funded by the DOE BER Genomic Sciences Program (GSP).

Consistent with the GSP goals, the long-term objective of the BSFA is to develop a predictive understanding of metabolic subsystems and regulatory networks involved in solar energy conversion to biofuel precursors or products.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists from multiple institutions focusing on the photo-physiological aspects of cyanobacterial metabolism.

The obtained information will be integrated into a genome-scale metabolic reconstruction to understand metabolism both qualitatively and quantitatively and identify factors constraining maximum growth and productivity.

The outcome of this research is to improve our ability to maximize flux to desired end-products via the manipulation of growth-constraining factors.

The position entails conducting fundamental research utilizing advanced controlled cultivation capabilities in conjunction with high-throughput omics approaches to elucidate carbon partitioning and regulation governing the partitioning of energy and carbon.

Other areas of contribution include development of novel cultivation approaches and application of these methods to study lab-based model systems.
Minimum Requirements
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years from an accredited college or university.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
The candidate should have a Ph.D. in microbiology or related areas.

Previous research experience in microbial physiology, biochemistry, and genetics is essential with emphasis on photosynthetic microorganisms such as cyanobacteria is essential.

Knowledge in the area of microbial genomics and experience with photoautotroph cultivation techniques is highly desired.

The successful candidate will interact with other staff and participate in team-based collaborative research within PNNL as well as with external organizations and as such is expected to have strong written and oral communication skills.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.

All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
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