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Lipid Biosynthesis in Microalgae

Job ID 2748 Date posted 08/05/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

Researchers in the Biology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory seek to unravel and fully describe the complexities of biological systems—from how plants make oils and other products to the role of proteins in disease. Our work helps to develop and makes use of the tools and techniques of biochemistry, molecular genetics, and structural biology. We also leverage the unique capabilities of Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source-II and Center for Functional Nanomaterials, major research facilities open to scientists from around the world. Our research makes important contributions to fulfilling the missions of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences and Office of Biological and Environmental Research. In addition, together with the Collider-Accelerator Department, the Biology Department manages the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven, which is used by radiobiologists and physicists to study the effects of space radiation on both living and non-living systems with the aim of protecting future astronauts.

Position Description

The Biology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory has an opening for a 1-year term Postdoctoral Research Associate with annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding. The qualified candidate will be responsible for development, implementation, and analysis of scientific research in the discipline of molecular biology and biochemistry. The qualified candidate will be part of a team working on characterization of a previously unknown pathway for creating polyunsaturated fatty acid products in Crypthecodinium cohnii. This project will also utilize the state-of-the-art Laboratory of BioMolecular Structure (LBMS) Cryo-EM facility. The successful candidate will work collaboratively in a team-based research environment. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designing experiments and preparing experimental samples.
  • Optimizing protein sample preparation for cryo-EM studies.
  • Documenting research results and attending conferences.
  • Writing manuscripts.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A Ph.D. in plant biochemistry, plant molecular genetics, or related field.  
  • Laboratory research experiences in the area of plant molecular genetics or Plant Biochemistry.
  • Demonstrated experience in the standard techniques of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and plant science.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in plant metabolism and molecular, genetic and biochemical characterizations of genes and pathways.
  • A proven track record of experimental design, execution and data analysis as reflected in manuscript writing and successful publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-based research environment.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with Microalgae.
  • Standard molecular biology techniques and experience such as DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR, quantitative PCR, RNAseq, protein expression and purification, protein extraction and analysis with western blot and gel electrophoresis of DNA, RNA and protein.
  • Standard molecular cloning skills.
  • Operating analytical instruments such as HPLC, LC-MS and/or GC-MS and performing data analyses.
  • Experience with lipid analysis such as TLC.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.
  • National travel may be required.
  • Candidates should submit a CV, a brief description of research interests, and contact information for three references.
  • The initial one-year term appointment is subject to renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)

  • 401(k) Plan.

  • Flexible Work Arrangements.

  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs.

  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)


Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required either by November 17, 2021 or at the start of your employment if after November 17, 2021.

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