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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Bachelors RA - Synthetic Biology in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311378

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences

Group: Biological Systems Science

Job Description

The Synthetic Biology team of the Biological Sciences Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking to hire enthusiastic and skilled post-bachelor research associates. Applicants with research experience in experimental synthetic biology are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will join a multi-institution team of researchers seeking to understand genetic factors driving the persistence of engineered microbial functions in plant rhizosphere environments. We are innovating synthetic biology research at PNNL by integrating high-throughput genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and fluorescence techniques to understand and control the persistence of engineered functions that support the growth of bioenergy crops. Selected applicants will work closely with PNNL and external collaborator scientists to develop genetic tools in novel bacterial isolates, discover gene function and gene regulatory networks relevant to environmental persistence, edit bacterial genomes to assess the effects of genome remodeling on cellular fitness and engineered functions, and visualize high-complexity gene expression datasets.

These positions are for full-time, limited-term employment. The duration of these appointments is one year with an option of extension subject to project funding and individual performance.

In a single pdf file, please submit a cover letter describing qualifications and a resume summarizing education and work experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in a life science or engineering field in the last 24 months from an accredited college or university and 1+ years research experience in molecular biology, microbiology, engineering, or machine learning. Degrees of interest include molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical engineering, or a related field. Some combination of the following skills or experience are preferred: bacterial culture (soil isolatesor other), molecular cloning (Restriction/Ligation, Gibson Assembly, Golden Gate Assembly), genome engineering (lambda Red, CRISPR-Cas9, CRISPRi), and cell density and fluorescence assays via microtiter plate reader or cytometer. Relevant computational skills are computer programming (e.g. Python, R, Matlab), experience working with Jupyter Notebooks or other collaborative coding notebooks with data visualization tools. Attention to detail, ability to work in a collaborative environment, and strong communication, organization, and documentation skills are expected.

Desired qualifications are a high school diploma plus two years relevant work experience, graduate of a technical institute, or a relevant Associate’s degree and 1+ years of relevant work experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at 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 BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Ecosystem Science

Opening Date: 2020-11-13

Closing Date: 2020-11-28