Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Engineering

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Location - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Expected start date - September 1, 2024

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A postdoctoral researcher position is available to work jointly in the Noguera lab and the Donohue lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.

We seek a motivated candidate to join our labs to develop processes for microbial conversion of lignin-derived aromatic compounds to valuable products.
The candidate will be responsible for:

  • Optimizing bioreactor operations to achieve high productivity rates.
  • Develop strategies for efficient delivery of aromatic streams to microbial cultures.
  • Develop strategies for efficient recovery of products after microbial production.
  • Contribute to improvement of microbial strains.

Required degree
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related fields. Candidates must be within 2 years of PhD graduation and a Ph.D. must be granted by the start date.

Minimum requirements

  • Strong written and oral communication skills to collaborate and communicate effectively with a team of researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds.
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Interest in environmental biotechnology.
  • Experience growing bacterial cultures, either in pure culture or microbial communities.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience with set up and operation of bioreactors.
  • Experience with applications of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic tools.
  • Ability to create and apply models of microbial growth, substrate utilization, product formation.

Additional information
Initial appointment is available for one year with strong potential for continuation depending upon funding and performance. Salary is commensurate with experience, in accordance with the NIH NRSA Stipend Level for Postdoctoral Trainees.

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