Postdoctoral Research Associate - Plant Synthetic Biology
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Type: Temp to Full Time
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Internal Number: 12278
Requisition Id 12278
As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.
The Biosciences Division (http://www.ornl.gov/sci/ees/bsd/) of ORNL has an opening for a plant biologist (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Plant Synthetic Biology) to work on plant biosystems design and genetic improvement of bioenergy crops. This research is supported by the Secure Ecosystem Engineering and Design Science Focus Area (SEED SFA) (https://seed-sfa.ornl.gov/) and the DOE Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) (https://cbi.ornl.gov/).
In this position, the postdoctoral researcher will work in close collaboration with a diverse team of scientists to perform the following research tasks: 1) Engineering of plant hosts for regulating associated microbes, 2) engineering of plant-based biosensors for detecting microbes, 3) multi-gene engineering in plants, and 4) new plant synthetic biology tool development.
Design and build gene constructs
Transform gene constructs into plants
Molecular and phenotypic analysis of genetically modified plants
Present research progress in project meetings and national/international conferences
Publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Maintain detailed and accurate records
Acquire and analyze data in keeping with project scheduling
Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements
Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.
A PhD in plant biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, or a related field completed within the last 5 years
Expertise in molecular cloning (e.g., Gibson assembly, Golden Gate cloning)
Experience in plant stable transformation in model and non-model plants
Experience in plant genome editing and pathway engineering
Effective writing and communication skills with a strong publication record
Desire to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.
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