Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems and Engineering Division has an opening for a Biological Plant Biomass Deconstruction Postdoctoral Scholar. You will work in the Microbial and Enzyme Discovery Group at the DOE funded Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). You will be focused on discovering and understanding the microorganisms and enzymes involved in the deconstruction of plant biomass, specifically focusing on the depolymerization of lignin. You will culture microbial communities and microbes to discover new pathways for lignin depolymerization and work with other members of the Deconstruction Division to implement these discoveries in the conversion of biomass to biofuels and biochemicals.
What You Will Do:
Culturing and analysis of microbiomes that grow on plant biomass.
Isolation of microbes that grow on components of plant biomass.
Development and performance of enzymatic assays to elucidate the function of lignin-degrading enzymes.
Work with other members of the Deconstruction Division to develop enzymatic mixtures to deconstruct high molecular weight lignin.
Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at seminars and conferences.
Collaborate with other members of the group and across the Divisions at JBEI.
Maintain an accurate and detailed electronic scientific logbook of all experiments performed. Store all data generated in an organized and secure way. Ensure that others could duplicate results.
What Is Required:
A Ph.D. in microbiology, environmental engineering, molecular biology, or other relevant fields within the last 3 years.
Experience culturing microbiomes and microbial isolates.
Familiarity with software to analyze microbiomes.
Demonstrated track record of publishing in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Previous research experience with plant biomass.
Experience with heterologous protein production.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 2 year, 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.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
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.
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