Postdoctoral Researcher - Geomicrobiologist

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Posting Title
Postdoctoral Researcher - Geomicrobiologist
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Location
CO - Golden
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Position Type
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
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Hours Per Week
40
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Working at NREL
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Job Description
The Biosciences Center at NREL has an immediate opening for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher position. The researcher will work on projects supported primarily by the US Department of Energy to explore microbial means to stimulate or enhance geologic H2 production and investigate subsurface microbial interaction with H2 and rocks/minerals. We are seeking candidates with experience in geomicrobiology, microbial physiology, microbial ecology, and related fields. A multidisciplinary background in microbial cultivation, molecular biology, microbial community composition analysis with hands on experience in microbial culture sampling, isolation, and related field work would be ideal for this position.
The successful candidate will:
  • Work safely and independently in a laboratory setting.
  • Plan and execute research independently and in collaboration with other researchers from NREL, academia, other national labs, and industrial partners.
  • Communicate scientific methods and results effectively, both in written and oral formats
  • Author peer-reviewed publications
  • Work effectively in a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers.
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Basic Qualifications
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years in Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Geomicrobiology, Microbial Ecology, Biological Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Experience in microbial physiology
  • Experience with basic analytical techniques such as HPLC and GC
  • Ability to deliver high-quality results within project timelines
  • Strong record of quality peer-reviewed publications
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in metagenomic analysis, e.g., genomic sequencing, characterization of microbial communities’ composition
  • Fundamental understanding of subsurface microbe-mineral interactions
  • Ability to perform targeted transcriptomics
  • Knowledgeable of microbial H2 metabolism
  • Prior experience in thermophilic or anaerobic microbial cultivation
  • Strong communication and scientific writing skills demonstrated with a publication record that reflects this
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Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $73,200 - $120,800
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Benefits Summary
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-term disability insurance*; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; and paid holidays. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement.
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