Postdoctoral Scholar in Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology
University of California Berkeley Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
United States

Postdoctoral Scholar - Metabolic Engineering & Synthetic Biology - Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Job #JPF03509
  • Plant & Microbial Biology / College of Natural Resources / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Postdoctoral Employee
Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoc salary scale.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: Summer 2022
Position duration: Initial appointment is for 1 year with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: June 28th, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Jul 12, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Sep 5, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Melis Lab, in the areas of Microbial Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology.

The Postdoctoral Scholar position encompasses project design, development and management, implementation, and reporting of the results by presentations or manuscript drafting and submission for publication.

The candidate will work to conduct metabolic engineering and synthetic biology research for the generation of specialty and commodity products, which will include: (i) Design and development of DNA constructs for high level expression of heterologous genes and biosynthetic pathways in photosynthetic systems. (ii) Critical analysis of the results to inform the optimization required to improve the function of native and heterologous biosynthetic pathways for product generation. The work involves the transformation of photosynthetic (cyanobacteria) and non-photosynthetic microorganisms with heterologous gene constructs designed to cause overexpression of the corresponding proteins, followed by the genetic, molecular, biochemical and physiological analysis of the transformants, and drafting of reports, including power point presentations and manuscripts.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date.
The candidate should have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred qualifications

• Demonstrated experience in the field of bacterial / cyanobacterial transformations, molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry.
• Demonstrated culture work for cell growth, subcellular product generation, isolation and quantification through biochemical analysis.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Berkeley, California

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