The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University seeks a postdoctoral research associate to work with Dr. Beth Ahner and collaborator Dr. Maureen Hanson. Research associate will investigate genetic and/or ecological approaches to improve the economics of large scale microalgae production facilities. The researcher will be involved in the comparative analysis of existing transcriptomes from lipid-accumulating algae species as well as work on the production and evaluation of transgenic strains of algae that will simultaneously produce high value proteins. Research might also focus on understanding the basic biology controlling translational control in algal chloroplasts. Ideal candidates would have some experience with two of more of the following: algal culturing, molecular biology tools, ecological modelling, protein purification and detection, and bioinfomatics. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop tools and strategies to improve algae productivity in production facilities.
The position includes a 12-month initial appointment, available starting immediately, with the possibility for renewal pending satisfactory performance.
Duties and Responsibilities
Design and perform laboratory experiments to test hypotheses. Collect and archive relevant data. (35%)
Actively publish research in relevant peer-reviewed literature and present results at scientific conferences. (25%)
Assist the PI to develop proposals to secure external funding for research projects. (10%)
Develop additional projects building on the strengths, interests, and expertise of the candidate. (20%)
Provide guidance to graduate and undergraduate students, as needed. (10%)
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send all application materials to Prof. Beth Ahner (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you will be attending the 2017 ASPB meeting and wish to be interviewed by Prof. Maureen Hanson, please also send your application materials to her (email@example.com). Applicants must include the following documents in a single pdf: 1) a recent CV; 2) a cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; 3) a minimum of three professional references with contact information.
The successful candidate will have:
PhD degree in Biological Engineering, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Microbiology, or Environmental Engineering is required.
Publications in major journals
Willingness and ability to assume a leadership role and conduct research as part of a team.
Fluency in written and spoken English.
Good communication skills and an ability to develop strong working relationships with collaborators
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience.
About Cornell University, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
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