The Microbial Ecology and Physiology Group in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Biosciences Division is seeking a microbiologist to work on a multi-institutional project aimed at developing novel approaches to engineer non-model microbes to convert renewable or waste carbon into fuels and chemicals to replace those currently derived from petroleum.
Waste plastic, cellulose, and lignin are potentially cheap feedstocks for the synthesis of these products. Non-model microbes have novel capabilities that are not currently available in traditional production strains, and we aim to understand and leverage these traits for advanced bioproduction. The primary objective will be to generate genetic tools for a range of microorganisms that have the potential to serve as host chassis systems for industrial bioprocessing, and then apply these tools to engineer organisms for high titer, rate, and yield production of target molecules. Projects are available within the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (cbi.ornl.gov), the Agile BioFoundry (agilebiofoundry.org), and the BOTTLE consortium (bottle.org).
You will apply skills in vector design, gene cloning, synthetic biology, strain construction, physiological characterization, and systems biology (‘omics) techniques to investigate microbial physiology and develop bacterial strains for potential use as industrial biocatalysts. You will also design and execute laboratory experiments, maintain detailed and accurate records, analyze quantitative data, and communicate results to the scientific community through presentations and publications. These consortia are multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary projects that requires a team-oriented, collaborative spirit.
Major Duties / Responsibilities
Perform molecular genetics, synthetic biology, and related experiments
Work with a diverse team of scientists
Interface directly with internal and external partners in various disciplines
Present research results at national scientific meetings
Publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Participate in project planning and execution
Maintain detailed and accurate records
Acquire and analyze data in keeping with project scheduling
Take a position of leadership for day-to-day laboratory operations while addressing all of ORNL’s environmental health and safety requirements
Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
A Ph.D. in microbiology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, or a related field is required. Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.
Experience with microbial molecular genetics, preferably in non-model bacteria
Metabolic engineering experience is desirable
Experience with sequencing and ‘omics datasets
Effective writing and presentation skills, demonstrated by a strong publication record from previous research
Desire to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
Appointments will initially be for 24 months with a possibility of an extension of up to 12 months. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.
This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.
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About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
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