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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Metabolomics for Biodesign

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Date: Nov 16, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4276 


The Biosciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory invites qualified persons to apply for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in Metabolomics for Biodesign. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

You will join a team of scientific and technical staff actively working to characterize the metabolite composition of plant and microbial samples.  The analyses are conducted independently across a suite of studies.  Your research activities include sample preparation (grinding samples in liquid nitrogen, incorporation of internal standards for quantification, metabolite extraction, sample derivatization), data extraction and spreadsheet summarization, data visualization, interpretation, and metabolite database development.


Basic Requirements:

  • Ph.D. within the last five years in molecular biology, plant biology, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related field is required. 


Preferred Requirements:

  • Previous experience in metabolite analyses by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and/or liquid chromatography mass spectrometry, and/or NMR. 
  • Demonstrated lab bench experience and knowledge of techniques applicable to metabolite analysis and data processing. 
  • Organic synthesis skills
  • Relevant publication record
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to work in a team

Additional Information:

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.  Applicants must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.


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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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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