Post-doctoral Position in Biofuels Genetic & Bioprocess Engineering
Post date: Dec 17, 2010 9:19:51 PM
Post-doctoral Research Position in
Biofuels Genetic & Bioprocess Engineering
A post-doctoral position is immediately available to work on a collaborative ARPA-E sponsored research project on the genetic engineering of hydrocarbon synthesis into Rhodobacter in the Curtis Laboratory (http://sites.google.com/a/psu.edu/curtislab/wrc2/) in the department of Chemical Engineering. The project is a collaboration with the laboratories of Joe Chappell in Agricultural Biotechnology (http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Agronomy/Chappell/welcome.htm) at the University of Kentucky and the Logan Laboratory in Civil & Environmental Engineering (http://www.engr.psu.edu/ce/enve/logan/) at Penn State. The post-doc will transform Rhodobacter with genes that have been isolated from an alga that produces branched C34 isoprene hydrocarbons. This complements an ongoing collaboration between the Chappell and Curtis labs where this biosynthetic pathway of Botryococcus braunii is being elucidated and transformed into other photosynthetic hosts (www.curtislab.org/research-projects/algae). The genetic engineering will build upon our ongoing research that is developing Rhodobacter as a membrane protein expression platform (https://sites.google.com/a/psu.edu/curtislab/research-projects/rhodo) as well as patented low-cost plastic lined bioreactor technology that is being developed for both environmental applications and lignocellulosic biomass fermentation where it is critical to achieve low production costs (www.curtislab/research-projects/environmental). An important component of the research will include working with a graduate student to refine a process economic model that will examine alternative process scenarios including direct delivery of electrons in a fuel-cell configuration, or use of low-cost plastic bag bioreactors in an autotrophic growth mode where H2, O2 and CO2 gasses are stoichiometrically consumed. The candidate should have experience in molecular biology techniques and interest/experience in economic feasibility analysis.
To apply for this postdoctoral position, inquire with CV and a statement of interest to Dr. Wayne Curtis (email@example.com copied to firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include “Rhodobacter Postdoc” in the subject of the email to help identify the email.
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