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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering - 47711 in St. Louis, Missouri

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting. To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering located on the Danforth Campus in the McKelvey School of Engineering.

Essential Functions

POSITION SUMMARY:

We are seeking motivated postdoctoral research associate candidates in the area of synthetic biology in the Zhang lab. The position offers training in state-of-the-art synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, microbial engineering, and biomaterial research in a highly collaborative lab and campus environment. The postdoctoral research associate is required to work independently, supervise PhD students, assist with grant preparation and reporting, and collaborate with other labs.

The two positions are currently focused on:

Topic 1: Using synthetic biology strategies to understand and control metabolic heterogeneity.

Topic 2: Developing synthetic biology tools to produce high-performance materials

For more information, please visit our website: http://zhang.eece.wustl.edu/

Required Qualifications

  • Independent and highly motivated candidates are sought with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, bioengineering, microbiology, molecular biology or related area.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants with prior experience with the following research expertise are preferred: microbial engineering, metabolic engineering, biomaterials, protein engineering, and microbiology.

Relevant publications include:

Topic 1:

  1. Han Y., Zhang F.,* Heterogeneity coordinates bacterial multitasking in single cells._ PLoS Comput Biol._ 16(1):e1007643. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007643. (2020)
  2. Liu D, Zhang F.*, Metabolic Feedback Circuits Provide Rapid Control of Metabolite Dynamics. ACS Synth Biol. 7(2), 347-356, doi: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00342. (2018).
  3. Xiao Y., Bowen C.H., Liu D., Zhang F.*, Exploiting non-genetic, cell-to-cell variation for enhanced biosynthesis. Nat Chem Biol12, 339-344, (2016).

Topic 2:

  1. Bowen C.H., Reed T., Sargent C.J., Mpamo B., Galazka J.M., Zhang F.* Seeded Chain-Growth Polymerization of Proteins in Living Bacterial Cells. ACS Synth Biol,8(12):2651-2658. (2019)
  2. Bai W., Sargent C.J., Choi J., Pappu R.V., Zhang F.*, Covalently-assembled, single-chain protein nanostructures with ultra-high stability. Nat Communications10, 3317 (2019).
  3. Kim E., Dai B., Qiao J.B., Li W., Fortner J.D., Zhang F.*, Microbially Synthesized Repeats of Mussel Foot Protein Display Enhanced Underwater Adhesion. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 10(49):43003, (2018).

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits

This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/.

Applicant Special Instructions

Applicants should also send a single PDF file which includes a cover letter detailing relevant experience, research, and career interests; curriculum vitae; and preprints of publications (if listed on your CV but not yet available) to Professor Zhang via email at fzhang@seas.wustl.edu. Review of applications will be begin immediately.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering - 47711

Job ID: 47711

Location: Danforth - Main Campus

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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