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Postdoctoral Researcher
Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa
 
 
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Date Posted 07/30/2021
Category
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Position Information:


Position Title:
Postdoctoral Researcher


Appointment Type:
Post Doc/Trainee


Job Description:
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in the development of a framework for identifying and replacing microbial enzymes crucial to robust bioproduction in industrial conditions, using E. coli as a model organism. This project is funded by the Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research program for Systems Biology of Bioenergy-Relevant Microbes to Enable Production of Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts (DE-FOA-0002448). The researcher will be co-advised by Laura Jarboe, Cargill Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Robert Jernigan, Charles F Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. The project is a collaboration with Peter St. John, of the Biosciences Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is administered by Iowa State University’s Bio economy Institute.

The researcher will develop phylogenetic trees for focal enzymes to guide the project, perform both computational and experimental assessment of enzyme stability and activity under extreme conditions, perform gene replacements, and characterize microbial growth and bio-production. Successful implementation of this project will be broadly applicable to industrial-scale bioproduction of fuels and chemicals. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to work productively and respectfully as part of a diverse and multi-disciplinary team, and to clearly and professionally communicate results in both written and oral format. Specific responsibilities include experimental design, execution and troubleshooting; rigorous data analysis; review of relevant scientific literature; ensurance of adherence to safe laboratory procedures; supervision of graduate and undergraduate researchers; preparation of manuscripts and presentations; assisting the PIs in the preparation of technical reports and intellectual disclosures. This project is housed within Iowa State University’s Bio economy Institute and will performed in shared research space within the Bio renewables Research Laboratory and in the Molecular Biology Building. There is the possibility of renewing the position for two additional years. Iowa State University has a wealth of Biotechnology-related Service Facilities and is located in Ames, Iowa, frequently listed among best places to live in the US.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Recent PhD in Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related field.   

  • Experience with sterile technique, genetic modification of microbes, enzyme characterization, basic mathematics and statistical analyses, presentation of results in publication-quality figures and text, and ability to work with a diverse, multi-disciplinary team.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with enzyme purification; genetic modification of E. coli; operation and characterization of bench-scale fermentations; sequence analyses; supervising undergraduate researchers; project management.


Proposed Start Date:
September 1, 2021


Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
August 31, 2022


Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period


Time Type:
Full time


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.
 

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.


Original Posting Date:
July 28, 2021


Posting Close Date:
August 6, 2021


Job Requisition Number:
R5718



Position Information:


Position Title:
Postdoctoral Researcher


Appointment Type:
Post Doc/Trainee


Job Description:
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in the development of a framework for identifying and replacing microbial enzymes crucial to robust bioproduction in industrial conditions, using E. coli as a model organism. This project is funded by the Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research program for Systems Biology of Bioenergy-Relevant Microbes to Enable Production of Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts (DE-FOA-0002448). The researcher will be co-advised by Laura Jarboe, Cargill Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Robert Jernigan, Charles F Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. The project is a collaboration with Peter St. John, of the Biosciences Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is administered by Iowa State University’s Bio economy Institute.

The researcher will develop phylogenetic trees for focal enzymes to guide the project, perform both computational and experimental assessment of enzyme stability and activity under extreme conditions, perform gene replacements, and characterize microbial growth and bio-production. Successful implementation of this project will be broadly applicable to industrial-scale bioproduction of fuels and chemicals. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to work productively and respectfully as part of a diverse and multi-disciplinary team, and to clearly and professionally communicate results in both written and oral format. Specific responsibilities include experimental design, execution and troubleshooting; rigorous data analysis; review of relevant scientific literature; ensurance of adherence to safe laboratory procedures; supervision of graduate and undergraduate researchers; preparation of manuscripts and presentations; assisting the PIs in the preparation of technical reports and intellectual disclosures. This project is housed within Iowa State University’s Bio economy Institute and will performed in shared research space within the Bio renewables Research Laboratory and in the Molecular Biology Building. There is the possibility of renewing the position for two additional years. Iowa State University has a wealth of Biotechnology-related Service Facilities and is located in Ames, Iowa, frequently listed among best places to live in the US.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Recent PhD in Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related field.   

  • Experience with sterile technique, genetic modification of microbes, enzyme characterization, basic mathematics and statistical analyses, presentation of results in publication-quality figures and text, and ability to work with a diverse, multi-disciplinary team.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with enzyme purification; genetic modification of E. coli; operation and characterization of bench-scale fermentations; sequence analyses; supervising undergraduate researchers; project management.


Proposed Start Date:
September 1, 2021


Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
August 31, 2022


Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period


Time Type:
Full time


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.
 

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.


Original Posting Date:
July 28, 2021


Posting Close Date:
August 6, 2021


Job Requisition Number:
R5718


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