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Postdoctoral Scholar- Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology- Plant and Microbial Biology
University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California
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Date Posted November 13, 2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Last review date: Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified Postdoctoral Scholars to work in the Melis lab. This lab is looking to hire two or more qualified candidates. The Melis lab's focus is in the field of photosynthesis and metabolism. The lab works with land plants, microalgae, cyanobacteria, and non-oxygenic (anaerobic) photosynthetic bacteria. The platform includes most aspects of photosynthesis, beginning with organism cultivation, the efficiency of light absorption and utilization, electron transport and biochemical energy generation, and chloroplast and cellular metabolism. Included are the biophysics and biochemistry of the process, the molecular biology and genetics of the organisms, as well as scale ups in the cultivation of the various organisms for product generation. Work in the lab focuses on the use of photosynthetic microorganisms for the generation of renewable chemicals and biopharmaceuticals.

The Postdoctoral researcher will work as part of a team to introduce heterologous genes into photosynthetic microbes and to transform these microorganisms into cell factories for product generation. The project entails construction of optimized expression vectors, transformation, and biochemical, molecular and physiological characterization of the resulting transformants. Additional duties of the role will include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing manuscripts for publication in refereed journals

  • Presenting results at lab meeting and scientific conferences

  • Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Basic Qualifications (must be met at the time of application):
Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited PhD, or equivalent international degree.

Additional Qualifications (must be met by start date):
PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date. The candidate may have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred Qualifications (must be met by start date):

  • Demonstrated expertise in the fields of microbiology, cloning, and transformation

  • Demonstrated expertise in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, E-coli and cyanobacteria

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team

  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific results and to publish papers in international peer- reviewed journals

This position reports to Dr. Anastasios Melis. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Specific questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Anastasios Melis, melis@berkeley.edu.

Salary and Benefits: $50,760– $59,100 depending on qualifications. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are included https://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdocs

To Apply:
Visit: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02175
Contact information of three references is required, only those of finalists will be contacted.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Berkeley seeks to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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