Openings for GLBRC Postdoctoral Research Associates in Microbial Engineering

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Exciting Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) with the following investigators:

GLBRC is one of four bioenergy research centers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. These positions provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with GLBRC scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Michigan State University, and other partners.

The research focuses on understanding microbial pathways involved in the conversion of non-edible lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and products. By mining genomes of bacteria we are designing bacterial hosts capable of converting biomass-derived components into substitutes for chemicals that are currently derived from petroleum. The research combines use of genomics, systems, synthetic and computational biology, with metabolism, enzymology, and genetics to design and assemble novel microbial chassis that generate valuable chemicals from plant biomass.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in relevant biological, computational sciences, or engineering field, enjoy working in a team setting, and be motivated to advance bioenergy research. They will deploy state of the art functional genomic approaches to improve metabolic engineering of bacterial strains. Desired skills include an ability or interest to learn how to combine analytic, chemical, computational, molecular biology, genomic, and biochemical methods to the analysis of microbes. Strong candidates will also have a track record of publication in quality peer-review journals, creativity, independence, and excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

The position is contingent upon funding and/or satisfactory performance and comes with excellent benefits. The candidate will be mentored by the above faculty and have the ability to mentor junior scientists, give oral presentations, and work as part of cross-disciplinary teams. In addition, professional development opportunities are available at the UW–Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

A start date in summer or fall 2021 is preferred, but alternative timelines will be considered and should be noted in the cover letter. All questions about the position and application materials should be submitted to Patricia Kiley (, Tim Donohue (, or Dan Noguera ( Applicants should expect to be interviewed electronically and possibly in person.

Review of application materials will begin immediately and applications will be considered until these training positions are filled.

Applications should consist of a single pdf file that includes :

  • a cover letter (1-2 pages) that highlights past research accomplishments, how your previous experience will benefit this project, and how this project aligns with your future career goals;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • names and contact information for three references.

UW–Madison is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Deadline to Apply