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Post Doctoral Research Associate Biology

Job ID 1269 Date posted 06/11/2018


Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.



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.



A postdoctoral position is available immediately at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Biology Department under the supervision of Dr. Jorg Schwender. The successful candidate will conduct research within a DOE-funded project aimed at designing feedstock plants for biofuel production and bioproducts. Within the multi-organizational project a systems biology approach is being developed to integrate information from the genomes of feedstock plants with gene expression, metabolite profiles and other data. In this context, a metabolic modeling approach is being developed for specific feedstock plants.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Develop genome-scale metabolic models

  •  Integrate gene expression data

  •  Devise strategies to redirect carbon from sugars into desired product




Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in either of the fields of plant biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering with emphasis on metabolic engineering or closely related discipline.

  • Bioinformatics and programming skills.

  • Proven ability for disseminating research results by writing manuscripts and giving academic presentations.

  • Research experience demonstrated through a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and experience in Constraint-Based Modeling of metabolic networks or metabolic flux analysis

  • Knowledge in plant metabolism

  • Experience in programming MatLab, Python

Other information:

  • Candidate should identify two publications that best represent their scientific accomplishments, and provide as part of their application.
  • Candidates with skills that are appropriate for this project (as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and/or relevant meeting presentations) are highly encouraged to apply.
  • The initial appointment will be for one year with annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.
  • BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.


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