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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher - Microbial Ecology in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher - Microbial Ecology



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

Successful candidates will collaborate on a multi-institutional project focused on Secure Biosystems Design. The successful candidate will serve as a technical lead on a project evaluating the systems level impact of genetically engineered microbes upon native ecosystems and microbiomes. Additional project efforts will entail assessment of the efficacy of synthetic biocontainment strategies in laboratory and environmental settings.


Basic Qualifications

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Additional Required Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with additional experience in molecular cloning and associated techniques including PCR, plasmid design, DNA isolation and editing, and genetic transformation. Candidates must display an ability to maintain a well-organized lab notebook and communicate scientific results effectively. Candidates will be expected to mentor junior staff. Successful candidates are also expected to possess strong scientific writing skills, as demonstrated with a strong publication track record, and the capacity to contribute to internal reports, manuscripts, and funding opportunity proposals.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Biology, or a closely related field, conferred by the position start date. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in:

• Microbial physiology; experience cultivating and geno- and phenotypically characterizing microbes

• Microbial population dynamics

• Functional genomic and/or meta-omic analyses

• Molecular and biochemical detection methodologies.

Preferred Qualifications


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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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