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Biological Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow - 97041
Company: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Location: Emeryville, CA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 10/03/2022
Expire Date: 12/03/2022
Job Categories: Engineering, Science
Job Description
Biological Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow - 97041
Division: BE-Biological Systems & Eng

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, https://www.lbl.gov/) Biological Systems & Engineering Division (https://biosciences.lbl.gov/bse/) has an opening for a Biological Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow to join the team.

In this exciting role, you will focus on metabolic engineering and metabolic modeling of chemoautotrophic bacteria to produce commercially relevant Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF’s) from CO2. This work will be performed as part of the national CO2 consortium through the BioEnergy Technology Office of the US Department of Energy and will be performed at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) located in Emeryville, CA.

What You Will Do:
  • Engineer chemoautotrophic bacteria to produce terpenes.
  • Grow engineered bacteria on H2/CO2/CO mixtures in safe and controlled settings.
  • Work with in-house teams to execute proteomics and metabolomics experiments.
  • Use chromatography methods to evaluate strain output of bioproducts.
  • Work with collaborators to develop industrially relevant engineered strains.
  • Help PI develop reports and presentations for project sponsors.
  • Draft manuscripts describing experimental work for publication.
  • Assist PI with training and oversight of the workflow of other technical staff, GSRAs and Student Assistants.
  • 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, or related field.
  • Expertise in molecular biology and metabolism.
  • Experience with analytical tools such as HPLC and GC-MS.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with 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.

    Desired Qualifications:
    • Experience growing bacteria on gas substrates.
    • Experience in metabolic modeling and computational methods.
    • Experience in entrepreneurship or commercialization.

    Want to learn more about Berkeley Lab's Culture, Benefits and answers to FAQs? Please visit: https://recruiting.lbl.gov/

    • This is a full-time 2 years, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
    • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
    • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
    • 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.

    How To Apply
    Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

    Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit covid.lbl.gov (http://covid.lbl.gov/) for more information.

    Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, https://diversity.lbl.gov/ideaberkeleylab/) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

    Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:
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    Bringing Science Solutions to the World From the infinite scale of the universe to the infinitesimal scale of subatomic particles, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley Lab – are advancing the scope of human knowledge and seeking science solutions to some of the greatest problems facing humankind. Scientific excellence and an unparalleled record of achievement have been the hallmarks of this Laboratory since it was founded in 1931. Fourteen Nobel Prizes are associated with Berkeley Lab. Eighty Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Fifteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research, and one (Arthur Rosenfeld) has received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained tens of thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Located on a 202-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab is a multiprogram science lab in the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in energy-efficient technologies – from cool roofs to window coatings to appliances – have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence’s belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His “team science” concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy; today, a deep commitment to inclusion and diversity brings perspectives that inspire innovative solutions.
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