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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Fungal Biotechnology in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311207

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Chemical & Biological Processing

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven postdocs come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

We are seeking an outstanding Post-Doctoral candidate to join our multi-disciplinary team focused on development of biological processes to produce renewable fuels and chemicals within the Agile BioFoundry. The Agile BioFoundry is a multi-national lab consortium focused on implementation of metabolic engineering strategies and efficient improvement of bioprocesses. In this position the candidate will have the opportunity to develop high-throughput genetic engineering tools and strategies for non-model, industrially relevant, yeast and filamentous fungi and will work with others to utilize advanced capabilities such as transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, machine-learning, and metabolic modeling to study the engineered fungal strains. Strong scientific background in protein expression in fungal systems. Experience in enzymology, including enzyme activity assays, protein purification and characterization.

The selected candidate is expected to 1) Work safely and independently in a laboratory setting, 2) Conduct independent research and work on team assignments, lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, 3) Interact, communicate, and problem-solve with a diverse team of research staff across PNNL, 4) Present research work at technical conferences, and 5) Participate in the development of research proposals.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience with design of metabolic pathways and genetic engineering of microorganisms, with a preference for filamentous fungi or yeasts. Experience with building expression and deletion constructs, transformation, DNA and RNA purification, automation, and utilizing -omics-based datasets (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics) is preferred.

The ideal candidate is safety-oriented, possesses good written and oral communication skills, has demonstrated an ability to collaborate effectively, has a track record of demonstrating initiative, problem-solving, independent execution of routine research tasks, demonstrated ability to publish high impact research, and ability to learn new concepts and research techniques.

PhD in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biology, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related field.

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.

Other Information

Position requires laboratory work with BSL2 biological material.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Chemical & Bio Processing

Opening Date: 2021-01-13

Closing Date: 2021-01-27