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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309473

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences

Group: Biological Systems Science

Job Description

The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a versatile and skilled postdoctoral research associate to help lead experimental research efforts in secure biosystems design. The scientist will work to discover the genetic determinants of microbial persistence in complex environmental conditions, develop novel biocontainment strategies through genome remodeling, and optimize the longevity of engineered functions in microbes. The research will integrate methods from high-throughput genetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and synthetic biology. The selected applicant will be expected to perform high-throughput experiments, independently analyze and communicate results to the principal investigator, lead manuscript writing, mentor research associates, and work closely with staff scientists in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment.

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 preferred candidate will have received a PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, or a related engineering field from an accredited college or university. He or she will have demonstrated the ability to develop, lead, and safely execute research projects. A record of independent contributions to research programs, experience carrying experiments from design to manuscripts, and potential for project leadership roles is strongly desired. The preferred candidate will have a strong publication record in a relevant scientific field and the proven ability to collaborate effectively on teams. He or she will possess excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. Desirable technical skills include genome engineering (lambda Red, Cas9), high-throughput sequencing and analysis (Illumina, PacBio, Oxford Nanopore), transposon mutagenesis library generation and analysis, and cell density and fluorescence assays via microtiter plate reader and cytometer.

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

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Biological Systems Science

Opening Date: 2019-06-17

Closing Date: 2019-08-15