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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Synthetic Biologist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312657

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Materials and Processing

Group: Chemical and 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 development and implementation of synthetic biology tools and metabolic engineering strategies coupled with bioprocess optimization in bioreactors. In this position the candidate will have the opportunity to develop advanced synthetic biology tools and strategies for non-model, industrially relevant, yeast and filamentous fungi while working as part of a team experienced in fungal metabolic engineering. The candidate will also work with others to utilize advanced systems biology approaches, including transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, machine-learning, and metabolic modeling to study the engineered fungal strains and identify additional targets for improving those strains.

Strong scientific background in gene expression and/or deletion in biological systems, preferably yeast or fungi, but not required. Experience in molecular biology: vector construction, transformation, PCR, etc.

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 development and/or application of advanced molecular biology tools, genetic engineering of metabolic pathways in biological systems, with a preference (not requirement) for filamentous fungi or yeasts. Experience with building expression and deletion constructs, transformation, DNA and RNA purification is preferred. Experience with one or more of the following is desirable, but not required: automation/robotics, utilization of -omics-based datasets (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics).

The ideal candidate is safety-oriented, possesses good written and oral communication skills, and has demonstrated an ability to collaborate effectively.

Preferred candidates will have a strong track record of demonstrating initiative, problem-solving, independent execution of routine research tasks, and ability to learn new concepts and research techniques.

PhD in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biology, Biological 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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to 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: 2021-09-09

Closing Date: 2021-09-27