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Berkeley Lab's Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Synthetic Biology - Genetically Encoded Material Synthesis Postdoctoral Scholar. The Post-Doctoral Fellow working in the Yoshikuni Group is responsible for developing a biological 3D fabrication platform for synthesis of complex and potentially valuable genetically encoded hybrid materials (GEMs). For the present study, we selected CaCO3 GEMs as models. These GEMs are produced by many organisms (they make up avian and reptile eggshells, outer shells of some marine organisms, diatom shells, and nacre of mollusks) and their compositions are well characterized. However, their synthesis processes remain poorly understood. Therefore, successful delivery of the 3D fabrication platform could also provide:
Strategies to identify, characterize, and catalog genes and pathways controlling transport, modification, and synthesis of these GEMs
Testbeds to study and improve our knowledge of assembly mechanisms of these GEM formation
Additionally, the resulting GEMs should provide new opportunities for downstream applications (e.g., long-term carbon sink/limestone-like construction materials, metamaterials, photonic crystals, aluminum replacements, and artificial pearls). Furthermore, the knowledge obtained through this project will be directly applicable to making other types of GEMs.
What You Will Do:
Design and build constructs comprising multi-gene pathways
Introduce dynamic regulation of pathway expression
Metabolic engineering of CaCO3 GEMs production
Characterization of Ca concentration in media and CaCO3 GEMs
What is Required:
Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering
Ability to work in a dynamic and diverse team environment
Strong written and oral communication skills
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in molecular biology techniques (molecular cloning, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis)
Experience in biochemical characterization of enzymes (protein purification, specific activity, steady-stateinetics)
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full-time-year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing the availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed atDOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) -- 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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