Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Job posting number: #7048982

Posted: November 21, 2017

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Post-doctoral Position in Synthetic Biology/Biochemistry/Biotechnology

The Schmidt-Dannert Laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry and the BioTechnology Institute University of Minnesota (USA) seeks to recruit a postdoctoral fellow with a strong background in genetic engineering and biochemistry or biocatalysis. This postdoctoral position can start immediately and will be for up to three years, following the successful completion of a probationary period.

As a successful candidate you will work on an exciting cross-disciplinary project that focuses on the genetically programmable production of biocatalytic materials. You will engage in the design and microbial production of protein building blocks that generate innovative materials with programmable architectures and emergent biocatalytic properties. The project will involve research at the intersections of biological and (bio)chemical engineering, synthetic biology, biocatalysis and material sciences. As a member of the Schmidt-Dannert group you will join a team that has extensive experience in using synthetic biology tools to engineer self-assembling protein systems for biotechnological applications.

Applications are welcomed from highly motivated, innovative and energetic individuals to join our team.

Primary Job Responsibilities:
• Engineering and assembly of genetic constructs using state-of-the-art molecular biology approaches
• Microbial strain engineering
• Protein purification and biochemical characterization
• Biophysical characterization of protein materials
• Development of strong collaborative relationships across labs and University departments
• Publication of results in peer reviewed journals

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
• PhD (within the last 5 years) in synthetic biology, bioengineering, microbiology, molecular biology, biophysics, structural biology or related fields
• Proven track record of first author publications and research experience
• Experience in genetic engineering of bacteria
• Experience in protein purification and characterization
• A self-starter who is organized and able to work in a fast-paced environment
• A good team-worker who can also work independently when necessary
• A creative, motivated and innovative individual who seeks to forward their project
• Have excellent oral and written skills, with the drive to publish first author papers

To apply:

Submit to Prof. Schmidt-Dannert the following documents and information to be considered for this position:
1) Cover letter stating your relevant experience, training, expertise and motivation for this position,
2) CV with publication list and
3) Names and contact information for 3 professional references.

The University of Minnesota was founded in 1851 and is one of the largest universities in the United States, and is one of the most prestigious research universities in the world. The campus is located in the heart of the Minneapolis-St Paul metropolitan area which is rich in cultural events and natural attractions. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunities employer.

Starting Salary: $48,000

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