Postdoctoral Research Associate – Sustainable Energy and Synthetic Biology – Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Location: Ithaca, New York, USA
The College of Agriculture and Life Science is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we prove and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The Barstow lab in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University is looking for postdoctoral research associates to support, lead and invent projects at the intersection of sustainable energy, synthetic biology, physics and chemistry.
The researcher's first projects will use advanced genomic tools developed by the Barstow lab to solve problems in the scale up of sustainable energy technologies like storing and retrieving renewable electricity at high efficiency; recycling and rejuvenating batteries; and mining and purifying rare Earth elements, and in designing a next generation of ultra-low cost genomic analysis tools. The researcher will benefit from the extensive resources on the Cornell campus including the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the Nanobiotechnology Center, the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, and the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility.
This position includes a 12-month initial appointment, available starting immediately, with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Characterize the genetics of survival of electroactive microbes in extreme environments, rare earth element binding and solubilization, and electron uptake and apply this knowledge to problems in sustainable energy. (35%)
Write and publish outstanding peer reviewed research articles and present results at scientific meetings. (35%)
Assist in the development of proposals for external funding for research projects. (15%)
Develop new projects that build on the strengths, interests, experiences and ambitions of the candidate. (15%)
A PhD degree in synthetic, systems or molecular biology.
A track record of independence, and a high level of enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research, learning new skills and a demonstrated ability to well as part of a team.
Excellent organizational, communication and time management skills.
Molecular or synthetic biology
Microbiology, particularly of fungi
Computer programming and experience with the solution of numerical problems, machine vision, and analysis of next-generation sequencing data
How to Apply:
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including a cover letter describing how your experiences make you a good fit for this position; your latest CV; three professional references with contact information; at least one recent scientific article that you have contributed to.
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