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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Microbiology and Metabolic Engineering

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Date: Mar 25, 2019

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 877 


The Microbial Ecology and Physiology Group in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Biosciences Division is seeking a microbiologist to develop novel approaches to investigate the genetic bases for complex traits in industrially relevant non-model bacteria. The Center for Bioenergy Innovation seeks to convert lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and chemicals. Non-model microbes have novel capabilities that are not currently available in traditional production strains. Understanding the genetic bases of these traits is necessary for our engineering efforts.


In this position, you will develop and apply quantitative trait-locus mapping techniques for non-model aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. You will use these techniques to identify genes and alleles that produce complex phenotypes. You will be expected to collaborate with experts in transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and metabolic modeling at ORNL and at partner institutions. You will also design and execute laboratory experiments, analyze quantitative data, write and communicate results to the scientific community. 


Major Duties / Responsibilities

  • 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. 


Basic Qualifications:

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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with microbial genetics, preferably in non-model microbes. Anaerobic microbiology experience is also desirable
  • Experience analyzing large datasets, including sequencing and ‘omics data
  • 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
  • Proven publication record 



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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.  


Benefits at ORNL:  UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including paid vacation, paid personal days and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   


Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


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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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