Berkeley Lab’s Biological Systems and Engineering Division has an opening for a Pseudomonas Metabolic Engineer Postdoc Scholar. The incumbent will be part of the Biofuels and Bioproducts Division at the Joint BioEnergy Institute that focuses on metabolic engineering of microbial biofuels and bioproducts production. You will be involved in using genetically engineered Pseudomonas putida host and heterologously expressed metabolic pathways to achieve improved isoprenoids production both in small and large scale and improved host properties such as improved carbon usage. You will also use a variety of tools such as synthetic biology, advanced cloning technology, product analysis (LC/MS, GC/MS), protein engineering, and fermentation.

What You Will Do:

  • Perform and analyze metabolic engineering experiment for biofuels and bioproducts production.

  • Develop an improved production strain – host engineering, transcription and translation engineering.

  • Perform biofuels and bioproducts production experiments both in small flask scale to 1-L fermenter scale.

  • Develop methods to assay for increase in specific production of biofuels and bioproducts.

  • Assist with the development of funding proposals and preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Prepare and assist with the development of patents.

  • Participate in group meetings and seminars.

  • Maintain an accurate and detailed scientific logbook of all experiments performed.  Ensure that others could duplicate results.

What Is Required:

  • Recent Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or related areas.

  • Experience with Pseudomonas putida and other model organisms such as E. coli and/or yeast.

  • Experience with analytical tools such as HPLC and GC.

  • Experience with bioreactors.

  • Experience with protein engineering and enzyme kinetics.

  • Ability to work with guidance of principal investigator and collaborators as well as to conduct experiments independently, maintain appropriate records and manage data.

  • Experience with scientific journal writing submissions and ability to write above average reviews and articles for submission.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in chemistry lab with extraction and column purification.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to write grant proposals and establish independent funding.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • This is a full time, 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years 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 at: Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) — Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA.

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