Summary of Position: A Postdoctoral Researcher position is open in the Lab of Prof. Jeffrey Gralnick. The successful candidate will actively participate maintaining the lab and will be responsible for independently conducting research, disseminating results, writing reports, and have opportunities to advise undergraduates in directed research. The research in our lab focuses on the interface of microbiology, physiology, electrochemistry and synthetic biology (https://cbs.umn.edu/gralnick-lab/home). The project, funded by DOE’s ARPA-E, is a collaborative effort to bioelectrocatalytically reduce carbon dioxide (please see more details here). The research will involve anaerobic electrochemistry, protein film voltammetry and reactor design.
60% Carrying out laboratory experiments Independently conduct protein purification, protein characterization, protein engineering, structural biology.
15% Design experiments To design routine experiments in frame with the research project objectives, on both a day-to-day and long-term basis
10% Prepare results for presentation, articles, and grant submissions The results of the project will be published in major journals in the field and presented at national and international meetings. This position will require data compilation and figure preparation that will be incorporated into manuscripts to be written and submitted for publication as well as posters, oral presentations, and grant submission.
10% Reactor design Modifications to enhance throughput of bioreactors and/or scale-up of bioreactors from experimental to benchtop demonstration.
5% Routine laboratory maintenance and assist Lab co-workers Assist in maintaining a ready supply of strains, solutions, chemicals, and various lab reagents to ensure efficient functioning of the lab. The candidate is also expected to assist other lab co-workers.
Supervision Supervise undergraduate students that will help to promote the research project.
Working Conditions The majority of the work will be performed in a standard laboratory setting. The associate may be required to travel in the USA or abroad to attend scientific conferences.
Essential Qualifications: Ph.D. in biochemistry, electrochemistry or equivalent is required. Extensive experience in electrochemical methods is essential, and a demonstrated ability to independently design and carry out research projects and publish research results in a timely fashion.
Preferred Qualifications: experience with enzymology / biochemistry and anaerobic microbiology is preferred.
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