Postdoctoral Appointee - Biologist for Rapid Design and Engineering of Microbes
ID: 7106040 (Ref.No. 413768)
Posted: July 21, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Biosciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a set of synthetic biology projects. These projects range from constructing synthetic organisms de novo (from first principles) to the development of an underlying strategy for the rapid design and engineering of microbial systems. The Postdoctoral Researcher will make use of mechanistic modeling and artificial intelligence (AI) driven evaluation to engineer model and non-model microbes for a variety of applications.
As advances in laboratory automation, miniaturization, synthesis, cloning and culturing continue to advance, recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence now create a new era of design and engineering of organisms for specific purposes. Our group is particularly interested in exploiting high throughput capabilities to expand how biological programming is implemented in an end-to-end fashion – i.e., multiple iterations of design, build, test and learn all run autonomously through AI-enabled infrastructure. To accomplish this, we are assembling an interdisciplinary team of experimental molecular biologists and microbiologists along with computational biologists to pursue new advances in molecular biology, robotics, and AI.
ANL is one of the world leaders in computational genomics and AI research and these projects represent a unique opportunity to work in an environment in which experimental research is tightly integrated with cutting edge computational biology. This opportunity will involve close collaborations with researchers at other DOE national laboratories.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience (experimental molecular biologist) required:
A recent or soon-to-be-completed PhD (typically completed within 3 years) in the biological sciences, environmental sciences, bioinformatics, or related field.
Skill/knowledge in microbiology and molecular biology
Technical skills associated with molecular cloning
Familiarity with microbial genomic data analysis tools
Familiarity with command-line tools
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills required
Ability to think independently and innovatively to develop exceptional technical solutions required
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
Ability to write research reports and publications required
Organizational skills and attention to detail required
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
Considerable collaborative skills, including the ability to interact well with external collaborators, preferred
Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork
Job FamilyPostdoctoral Family
Job ProfilePostdoctoral Appointee
Worker TypeLong-Term (Fixed Term)
Time TypeFull time
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