Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems & Engineering Division has an opening for a Biologist Project Scientist. This Project Scientist position will be in the Biological Systems and Engineering Division. The work will focus broadly on metabolic engineering of bacteria for the production of biofuels and biochemicals. In this position, engineering approaches will be applied to multiple hosts to convert intermediates derived from plant biomass (sugars, aromatics) and C1 molecules (CO2, CH4, CH3OH).
What You Will Do:
Design engineering strategies to improve the metabolic efficiency of central metabolic pathways for the conversion sugars, aromatics and C1 molecules.
Improve biochemical production pathways by combining systems biology and biosystem design approaches
Work in the collaborative groups to link improved substrate utilization with production in bioreactor at multiple scales
Develop strategies and write grants to obtain additional funding for microbial metabolic engineering
Train and oversee postdoctoral staff, GSRAs and Student Assistants to achieve project objectives
Draft manuscripts describing experimental work
Present results and discuss plans with funders
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Participate in group meetings and seminars
Maintain an accurate and detailed scientific logbook of all experiments performed. Ensure that others could duplicate results.
What is Required:
Ph.D. in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and/or related experience.
At least two years of postdoctoral experience focusing on microbial metabolic engineering
Expertise in developing pathways for biochemical production by heterologous expression
Demonstrated competence in engineering non-model hosts for biofuel and biochemical production
Experience performing microbial conversion with gas substrates
Demonstrated ability to assist in writing grants for external funding
Experience with analytical tools such as HPLC and GC-MS
Good computer skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write grant proposals and establish independent funding
Experience with scientific journal writing submissions and ability to write above average reviews and articles for submission
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Metabolic engineering experience with gram-positive bacterial hosts
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full-time 5-year term appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) -- Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA.
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