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  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Position available for a postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Mimee.

    The Mimee lab primarily focuses on developing synthetic biology strategies to engineer the microbiome. By genetically manipulating commensal microbes, we seek to create living devices that can sense biochemical states in order to probe the structure and function of microbial communities. We are also programming novel functions in commensal microbes to remodel microbial communities and to act as therapeutics for inflammatory and infectious disease.

    For this position, the postdoctoral associate will devise and implement strategies that would allow a naïve bacterial population to probabilistically differentiate into distinct subpopulations in response to an environmental cue. The postdoctoral associate will interface with collaborators at Argonne National Laboratory to leverage an integrated cell-free expression system and artificial intelligence platform to inform the design and refinement of gene circuits.

    Successful candidates should hold a PhD degree in Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Biological Engineering, or similar fields. Prior expertise in genetic circuit design or bacterial genetics is preferred. Strong organizational and time management skills are expected, including the ability to prioritize, organize, and handle multiple assignments simultaneously. Interpersonal and communication skills are required to interact effectively, tactfully, and discreetly with all internal/external contacts and to develop effective working relationships. With the supervision of Dr. Mimee, applicants will be expected to design and complete experiments, record results, draft manuscripts and engage with collaborators.

    Interested applicants should send a Cover Letter, CV, and phone numbers/emails of three references to Mark Mimee ([email protected]).

    Compensation in the Biological Sciences Division follows the NIH NRSA Stipend scale.

    Additional information on benefits and being a postdoc in the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division can be found at bsdpostdoc.uchicago.edu.

  • Strain Engineering Scientist

    Huue is a Melinda Gates-backed biotechnology company creating the next generation of sustainable dyes for the industries – food, cosmetics, textiles – that are integral to a sustainable future, starting with the indigo for denim. We’re looking for scientists excited about building something new and disrupting an industry. We are hiring a highly motivated Strain Engineering Scientist to improve our strain for high production of our small molecule product and research new strains for various product applications. You will be part of a core team of scientists working to engineer microbial strains and scale fermentation processes to develop more sustainable dyes.

    Responsibilities:
    • Design and build strains to optimize production of targeted molecules, based on knowledge of metabolic pathways and cellular physiology.
    • Design and execute library-based screening assays for protein engineering experiments.
    • Perform hypothesis-driven wet-lab experiments in microtiter plates and shake flasks to improve strain metrics.
    • Collaborate closely with fermentation team to develop a strain and fermentation process that can be executed at commercial scale.
    • Develop a strain engineering pipeline that supports future expansion.
    • Keep organized and detailed documentation. Develop SOPs for documentation and knowledge transfer.
    • Keep up to date with current literature in strain engineering and implement new technologies as relevant.
    • Present data internally as well as with outside stakeholders, including investors and partners.

    Qualifications:
    • PhD, or MS with over 4 years relevant industry experience. Degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, bioengineering, or other related field preferred.
    • Proficient in molecular biology/genetic engineering benchwork.
    • Experience in metabolic engineering; familiarity with bacterial physiology and manipulating metabolic pathways for small molecule production.
    • Experience in protein engineering and designing/screening libraries.
    • Familiarity with natural product biosynthesis.
    • Experience with analytical chemistry methods.
    • Creative problem solver.
    • Independent, detail-oriented worker with strong project management skills.
    • Clear and proactive communicator, written and verbal.
    • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary startup team environment.
    • Bonus points for interest in denim and/or sustainability.

    Please apply via our LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/huue/jobs/

  • Fermentation Scientist

    Huue is a Melinda Gates-backed biotechnology company creating the next generation of sustainable dyes for the industries – food, cosmetics, textiles – that are integral to a sustainable future, starting with the indigo for denim. We’re looking for scientists excited about building something new and disrupting an industry. We are hiring a highly motivated Fermentation Scientist to develop a robust, scalable fermentation process for small molecule products. You will be part of a core team of scientists working to engineer microbial strains and scale fermentation processes to develop more sustainable dyes.

    Responsibilities:
    • Plan, execute, and analyze bench-scale to pilot-scale experiments for the fermentation of small molecule products.
    • Test process improvements based on knowledge of microbial physiology and metabolism.
    • Collaborate with downstream processing engineers to develop a manufacturing process that can be executed at commercial scale.
    • Interface with contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) to scale the process to pilot scale reactors.
    • Maintain and fix fermentation equipment as needed. Provide input on new equipment purchases.
    • Keep organized and detailed documentation. Develop SOPs for documentation and knowledge transfer.
    • Identify contamination and design measures to avoid it.
    • Keep up to date with current literature.
    • Present data internally as well as with outside stakeholders, including CMOs or investors.

    Qualifications:
    • PhD with more than 2 years, or MS with over 6 years, or BS with over 8 years relevant industry experience. Degree in chemical engineering, bioengineering, molecular biology, microbiology, or other related field preferred.
    • Successful track record of developing fermentation process improvements.
    • Experience with operating bench scale and pilot scale bioreactors with sterile technique.
    • Strong knowledge of microbial physiology and cellular metabolism.
    • Experience with analytical chemistry.
    • Experience working with CMOs.
    • Able to occasionally work off hours or weekends.
    • Independent, detail-oriented worker with strong project management skills.
    • Clear and proactive communicator, written and verbal.
    • Creative problem solver.
    • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary startup team environment.
    • Bonus points for interest in denim, sustainability, and/or fashion.

    Please apply via our LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/huue/jobs/

  • Assistant Professor – Food, Pharmaceutical and Biomanufacturing Engineering

    Position:

    Tenure-track Assistant Professor (9-month) position at Purdue University with research and teaching responsibilities in an area related to biomanufacturing engineering of food, pharmaceutical and biological based products. The successful candidate will join the faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering on the main campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

     

    Qualifications:

    A Ph.D. in Engineering or other closely related field. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to lead a novel research program in biomanufacturing of food, pharmaceutical, and biological-based products. Skills related to effective teaching, communication, and problem solving as well as the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams are required. Highly-competitive applicants should have at least one year of research experience beyond the Ph.D. and have articulated how their developed research program will integrate with or facilitate collaborative interactions within and beyond the department.

     

    Responsibilities:

    The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in the design of both upstream and downstream processing systems for the production of food, pharmaceutical, and/or biological products. The research may address biological product and process design; modelling, optimization, control, or simulation of batch and continuous microbial processes; or plant, mammalian and/or cell-based/free process systems using laboratory and computer-based methodologies. The candidate will be expected to secure extramural research funding, to develop collaborative research projects, and to directly support the educational mission of the biological engineering program. The candidate will be expected to advise graduate and undergraduate students, to teach upper level undergraduate and graduate level engineering courses (e.g. chemical/biochemical reaction engineering, transport phenomena, or process design), to engage in departmental, college and university-level service activities, and to participate in national and international professional activities.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar in Gene Synthesis Technologies

    The Plesa lab (http://plesalab.org) has a funded position for a postdoctoral scholar to work on gene synthesis technologies. Our lab aims to accelerate the pace at which we understand and engineer biological systems, particularly proteins. We are interested in uncovering the rules for the engineering of novel protein function, particularly in the areas of sensing and interfacing with engineering. Towards this end, we develop new technologies for gene synthesis, multiplex functional assays, in-vivo mutagenesis, and genotype-phenotype linkages. These allow us to both access the huge sequence diversity present in natural systems as well as carry out testing of rationally designed hypotheses encoded onto DNA at much larger scales than previously possible. Using these approaches, we aim to quickly characterize and engineer entire protein families, rather than focusing on individual proteins. Our work is highly-interdisciplinary and touches on aspects from many fields including bioengineering, protein engineering, biochemistry, synthetic biology, molecular biology, microbiology, structural biology, genetics, bioinformatics, and quantitative biology.

    The postdoc will be responsible for conducting research and technical activities related to sponsored projects in the lab. Research work will include designing and optimizing new scalable gene synthesis methods to enable longer genes, higher yields, and lower cost. Essential responsibilities will include designing and conducting experiments, interpreting data, writing manuscripts, writing research proposals, assembling and delivering research presentations locally and nationally, assisting and training other researchers in the laboratory, and maintaining laboratory equipment.

    This position will work closely with other lab researchers (students, postdocs, and technicians) and with Dr. Plesa. The position will be given a level of independence depending on the level of experience, with the goal of becoming a fully independent researcher by the end of their term as guided by a formal mentoring plan.

    Further position details available in the job posting link above. Those interested are encouraged to contact Calin Plesa ([email protected]) by email with a PDF copy of their CV and a cover letter outlining their research interests.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

    The Kacar Astrobiology Group (ancientbiology.org) at the University of Arizona in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher to explore the origins of early life, with an emphasis on the early evolution, reconstruction of molecular evolutionary landscapes, and topological features of biosynthetic networks. Our lab works at the interface of molecular evolution, synthetic biology, genome engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology and astrobiology and is host to one of the NASA Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research centers dedicated to understanding early Earth biology and evolution. This position is fully funded.

    Primary responsibilities of the candidate:
    • Use machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to compare biotic to abiotic chemical networks and assess whether the behavior of these chemical systems are comparable in informatic and semantic terms
    • Coding proficiency to develop new analytical tools and techniques in service to above goals; primarily using Python.
    • Work collaboratively with IBM Research – Almaden (remotely, if required by pandemic restrictions)
    • Mentor and train graduate students, undergraduates and other laboratory fellows as needed.
    • Attend and present during weekly laboratory and astrobiology group meetings, maintain detailed annotated code/data on GitHub and internal databases, follow all the safety and laboratory regulations
    • Assist with grant writing/formatting, manuscript preparation/submission/proof reading
    • Provide targeted research and background reading, as well as assistance with presentation preparation as needed.
    • Data analysis and figure generation
    • Additional duties may be assigned.

    Required qualifications:
    PhD. in Chemistry, Theoretical/Computational Chemistry, Machine/Deep Learning, Physics, Mathematics or Software Engineering or related disciplines.
    Demonstrated work experience in network simulation or similar fields with an emphasis on theoretical or applied network analysis techniques.
    Good organizational skills and detailed software annotation training are required.

    Preferred qualifications/experience:
    Experience in computational biology and/or molecular evolution is a plus.
    Work history that demonstrates experience in establishing relations between the structure/dynamics of abiotic chemical reaction networks and observable biosynthetic, information processing and semantic relationships.
    Familiarity and practical experience with modern statistical learning approaches, including generative modeling and/or reinforcement learning
    Proactive approach to research responsibilities
    Strong leadership and writing skills, and demonstrated mentorship

    Additional information: Competitive salary with benefits, Highly encourage Under-represented Groups to apply

    Apply direct: https://arizona.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/4523?c=arizona

  • Research Scientist

    The Kacar Astrobiology Group (ancientbiology.org) at the University of Arizona in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology is looking to hire a Research Scientist to explore the origins and evolution of essential microbial metabolisms in vivo and in vitro. Our lab works at the interface of molecular evolution, synthetic biology, genome engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology and astrobiology and is host to one of the NASA Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research centers dedicated to understanding early Earth biology and evolution.

    Primary responsibility of the candidate:
    Will be to explore the origins and evolution of essential microbial metabolisms, with emphasis on Nitrogen and Carbon fixation. The candidate will have several duties:

    • Engineer, culture and grow microbial strains
    • Assess bacterial growth and behavior under different conditions, systems include but not limited to E. coli, Azotobacteria and cyanobacteria
    • Assist laboratory members with on-going laboratory experiments as needed, mentor and train graduate students, undergraduates and other laboratory fellows as needed.
    • Attend and present during the weekly-laboratory and astrobiology group meetings, keep an up-to-date laboratory notebook, follow all the safety and laboratory regulations
    • Assist PI and laboratory members with grant formatting, manuscript submission and proof reading
    • Provide targeted research and background reading, as well as assistance with presentation preparation as needed.
    • Data analysis and figure generation
    • Additional duties may be assigned.

    Required qualifications:
    B.S. in Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or related discipline. 5 years of demonstrable experience with microbiology or related fields, molecular cloning, gene mutagenesis, bacterial genome editing, gene/protein expression, protein purification (western and northern blot). Familiarity with protein biochemistry. Good organizational skills are a must. Familiarity with computational tools is a plus.

    Preferred qualifications/experience:
    Masters or Ph.D. in related field, demonstrated strong leadership, writing skills, and mentorship experience

    Additional information:
    – Competitive salary with benefits
    – Under-Represented Groups are highly encouraged to apply

    Please apply directly to: https://arizona.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/4419?c=arizona

  • Postdoctoral Researcher

    Essential Functions
    We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher to start Synthetic Biology projects in the Moon lab. For more information, please visit our website: https://sites.wustl.edu/moonlab/

    Project Summary
    1. Valorizing lignocelluose and plastic waste
    2. Modulation of the gut microbiome by engineered probiotics
    3. Unifying synthetic small regulatory RNAs
    4. Development of kill-switches for biocontainment of genetically engineered microbes
    5. Engineering smart probiotics for sensing and treatment

    Required Qualifications
    1. A recent Ph.D. degree (preferably within the past 3 years) in chemical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, physics, microbiology, molecular biology, or related areas
    2. Experience in molecular biology techniques is essential.
    3. The Postdoctoral Researcher is required to work independently, supervise Ph.D. students, assists with grant preparation and reporting, and collaborates with other labs.
    4. Strong oral and written communication skills are required.
    5. The Postdoctoral Researcher should be highly motivated with the commitment to excel in the competitive research field of synthetic biology.

    Preferred Qualifications
    Applicants with prior experience in bacterial synthetic biology are desired.

    Salary Range
    The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

    Benefits
    This position is eligible for full-time benefits.

    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.

    Instructions for candidates
    1. Please include the following in the application email: Cover letter, including research and career interests, and CV
    2. Please send the application to: Tae Seok Moon, [email protected]

  • EBRC Statement of Ethics in Engineering Biology Research

    Engineering biology draws on advances in biology, chemistry, computer science, and engineering to understand, design, and construct biological systems and organisms. As with other science and engineering disciplines, engineering biology can impact society in powerful ways; therefore, the ethical, environmental, social, political, security, and safety-related issues arising from associated technologies require thoughtful and ongoing consideration. The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) asserts that understanding such issues is a necessary part of research and must be considered from the outset of any project design, continuing through deployment and management of new technologies and/or products.

    The EBRC further asserts that practitioners of engineering biology shall

    i) seek to create products or processes that benefit people, society, or the environment;

    ii) consider and weigh the benefits of research against potential harms;

    iii) incorporate equity and justice in the selection and implementation
    of engineering biology education, research, development, policy, and commercialization;

    iv) seek to openly distribute the results of early-stage research and development;

    v) protect the rights of individuals associated with engineering biology, including the freedom of
    inquiry of researchers and the free and informed consent of research participants; and

    vi) support open communication between engineering biology researchers and the stakeholders who might be
    affected by research, development, and the deployment of new technologies.

    Scientists and engineers in the engineering biology community must conduct research in a manner that is consistent with these principles in order to remain in good-standing in the community. They must also be cognizant of and communicate possible negative consequences and misuses of engineering biology research. Appropriate safeguards, informed by safety and security best practices, shall be implemented to prevent undesirable outcomes such as the development of biological or chemical weapons, environmental damage resulting from the inadvertent release of certain engineered organisms into the environment, and the use of engineering biology to perpetuate social inequalities.

    The EBRC resolves to bring these principles and issues to the awareness of our community along with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the United States and around the world. We support bioethics education and training for researchers and encourage collaboration among scientists, humanists, and engineers to proactively address equity, justice, and environmental risks and benefits. We will advance the principles described here through transparent, democratic self-governance, support for appropriate public and State oversight and review, and the development, publication, and adoption of research best practices.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

    The Lab for Synthetic Macromolecular Assemblies (PI: George Lu) at the Rice Bioengineering Department has multiple openings for postdoctoral fellows. The lab employs protein engineering, structural biology, biochemistry, and chemical biology methods to develop technologies for ultrasound-based imaging and remote control of cells. Rice Bioengineering is one of the top biomedical engineering departments with its graduate program consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country. The research also takes advantage of our proximity to the country’s biggest medical center and opportunities to collaborate with leading scientists in areas such as cancer immunotherapy. Please refer to the lab website for more information: http://lulab.rice.edu.

    The ideal candidate will have one or several of the following expertise: computational protein design, protein biochemistry, structural biology, ultrasound imaging. The candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills, and will also be expected to aid in the supervision of junior lab members and in the preparation of research proposals. The application for postdoctoral fellowships will be encouraged, including both external and internal ones such as Rice University Academy of Fellows.

    Consistent with the National Research Council’s report, Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond, we are seeking candidates who have demonstrated the ability to lead and work in research groups that “… [integrate] the knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking…” from engineering, mathematics, and computational, natural, social and behavioral sciences to solve societal problems using a convergent approach.

    We seek greater representation of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines in which they have historically been underrepresented; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought; and we support an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.

    The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs (US News & World Report) and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment.

    Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status

  • Peer Reviewers with expertise in biological, chemical, physical sciences, and engineering for Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 (RR:C19)

    Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 (RR:C19) is a newly funded initiative of the MIT Press and University of California, Berkeley that has launched an open access, rapid-review overlay journal for the accelerated curation and peer review of COVID19-related research.

    RR:C19 is overseen by an Editorial Board representing experts from every corner of the globe, but the effort also relies on a ground-up effort where students and early-career researchers lead a critical “pre” peer review process that allow us to scrape preprint servers (e.g. BioRxiv, MedRxiv, SSRN) weekly, and advance important or controversial papers for urgent peer review. These peer reviews and articles are published on an open, public platform.

    We are currently looking to identify peer reviewers with expertise in biological, chemical, physical sciences, and engineering. These pre-prints focus on a wide breadth of topics, including:

    • AI-, machine learning-, and big data-based technologies
    • Biochemistry
    • Computational modeling
    • Diagnostics and medical devices
    • Mechanisms of disease and disease pathogenesis
    • Small molecule therapeutics
    • Synthetic biology
    • Vaccinology

    If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, please take a moment to fill out this Google Form. Additionally, please feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns ([email protected][email protected]). We hope to hear from you soon!

  • Postdoctoral Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology National Research Council Research Associateship Award

    National Institute of Standards and Technology National Research Council Research Associateship Award (NIST NRC RAP)

    The Cellular Engineering Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, invites applications for postdoctoral researchers as part of its growing investments in living measurement systems.

    We are recruiting applicants for experimental and theoretical research to advance control and rational design for engineering biology. Of particular interest is the development of new approaches to measure, understand, predict, and control information, learning, function, and evolution across the spatial and temporal scales of biological organization, although related ideas in other topics are welcome. We are seeking independent, eloquent, and motivated individuals with backgrounds across the physical, engineering, chemical, and biological disciplines to contribute to this collaborative, interdisciplinary Team. Facilities include state of the art systems for automated microbial engineering, culture, and measurement, synthetic biology, single molecule techniques, and cleanroom fabrication and characterization.

    Please visit:
    https://www.nist.gov/mml/bbd/cellular-engineering-group
    https://www.nist.gov/people/elizabeth-strychalski

    Applicants are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Strychalski directly at [email protected]

    The two year appointment provides an annual stipend of $71,128 (plus benefits and $3,000 travel stipend). U.S. citizenship and Selective Service registration are required. The Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    NRC Posting Flyer

  • Postdoc for Synthetic Biology (multiple positions open)

    The Moon lab
    The Moon lab (Washington University in St. Louis) has multiple open positions (postdocs) for synthetic biology research:
    1. Tunable therapeutic modulation of the gut microbiome by engineered probiotics
    2. Unifying synthetic small regulatory RNAs
    3. Systems Engineering of Rhodococcus opacus to Enable Production of Drop-in Fuels from Lignocellulose

    Instructions for candidates
    To apply for this position, follow the direction below.
    1. Please include the following in the application email: Cover letter, including research and career interests CV Preprints of publications (if listed on your CV, but not yet available)
    2. Please send the application to: Tae Seok Moon, [email protected]

    Department Name/Job Location
    This position is in the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering (the Danforth Campus in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, Washington University in St. Louis).

    Essential Functions
    We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher to start Synthetic Biology projects in the Moon lab. We aim to engineer microbes for addressing energy, environmental, and health issues. Specifically, we are interested in developing synthetic biology tools, constructing genetic circuits, and engineering regulatory RNAs in diverse bacteria. For more information, please visit our website: http://moon.eece.wustl.edu/

    Required Qualifications
    1. A recent PhD degree (within past 2 years) in chemical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, physics, microbiology, molecular biology, or related areas
    2. Experience in molecular biology techniques is essential.
    3. The Postdoctoral Researcher is required to work independently, supervise PhD students, assists with grant preparation and reporting, and collaborate with other labs.
    4. Strong oral and written communication skills are required.
    5. The Postdoctoral Researcher should be highly motivated with the commitment to excel in the competitive research field of synthetic biology.

    Preferred Qualifications
    Applicants with prior experience in bacterial synthetic biology are desired.

    Salary Range
    The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

    Benefits
    This position is eligible for full-time benefits.

    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.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

    We are currently looking to fill a postdoctoral position available in Dr. Lydia Contreras’ lab at the
    University of Texas at Austin, a top research university in the US. Dr. Contreras is an Associate
    Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of the Biophysics Department
    and the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology (Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Microbiology). The
    ideal candidate is highly driven and holds strong interest in using cutting-edge technologies to study
    RNA biochemistry toward the identification and characterization of regulatory systems, RNA-protein
    interactions, and functional epitranscriptomics. The lab makes great strides to maintain a vibrant,
    productive, and driven team with a supportive culture conducive for scientific and personal growth.
    Projects in the Contreras lab are interdisciplinary and the candidate will be expected to contribute to
    this highly collaborative and nurturing learning environment.

    Detailed Description:
    Research projects may involve, but are not limited to emerging research areas related to:
    1. Epitranscriptomics: Molecular characterization of RNA biochemistry and interactions upon
    exposure to various environmental conditions. Develop and conduct techniques for mapping
    the epitranscriptome (ICE-seq, CMC-seq, ME-seq, etc). Opportunities for further education
    and training on state-of-the-art technologies including RNA-sequencing, proteomics, in vivo
    footprinting, bioinformatics, machine learning.
    2. RNA regulatory networks: Discovery and characterization of post-transcriptional regulatory
    interactions. Projects will involve strong components in molecular biology, microbiology, cell
    biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics, hands-on experience in Next Generation
    Sequencing approaches, and could involve elements of structural biology and toxicology.

    Candidate Profile:
    Ideal candidates have recently completed their Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biomolecular
    Engineering or related fields. Candidates with prior research experience in RNA biology and/or
    protein biochemistry are encouraged to apply. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to
    work with researchers all over the world and obtain valuable experience for future academic
    and/or industrial positions. Interested applicants should send the following materials in an
    application packet, preferably as a single PDF file, by email to Dr. Lydia Contreras
    ([email protected]):
    1. Cover letter indicating current and future research interests
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Brief summary of previous research experience (2-3 pages)
    4. Names and contact information for 3 references
    5. Desired starting date

    Details of Dr. Contreras’s laboratory, on-going research projects, and recent publications can be
    found at (https://sites.utexas.edu/contreraslab/)

  • Principles of Synthetic Biology edX Course

    A free, online course on the basics of synthetic biology with a focus on programming genetic circuits.

  • Travel Reimbursement Policy

    The Engineering Biology Research Consortium is pleased to be able to provide financial support for travel to some events and activities.

    Travelers may fall into one of three categories:
    1. Flight & Hotel Only
    2. Full Reimbursement
    3. No support available

    Any individual event may have travelers falling into more than one category. EBRC endeavours to provide clear guidance as to which category is in place for a particular traveler and event.

    General
    It is the policy of Engineering Biology Research Consortium to support the (invited) traveler for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred during EBRC-related travel. Funded Travelers should incur the lowest reasonable travel expenses and exercise care to avoid impropriety or the appearance of impropriety. Support is allowed only when support or reimbursement has not been, and will not be, received from other sources. The majority of EBRC travel support is provided though federal awards managed at the University of California, Berkeley. As such, the guidelines in this document are to supplement UC Berkeley travel policy. In the event of conflict, the most stringent policy applies.

    • Flight & Hotel Only: The EBRC will provide instructions to book flights and hotel for an event. Both will be paid directly by EBRC and the traveler should not require reimbursement after the event. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis in advance of the event.
    • Full Reimbursement: The EBRC will generally provide instructions to book flight and hotel and be paid directly. Following the event, documentation for reimbursements must be submitted within 30 days of the last day of travel. Only actual expenses with receipt documentation can be reimbursed. EBRC does not provide a flat per diem.

    Transportation
    Transportation expenses will generally be supported based on the most economical and commonly used mode of conveyance taking the most direct route during the authorized travel dates (the days of the meeting and one day before and after the meeting). If you need to make an additional stop or stops en route to the meeting or after the meeting or travel outside the travel dates, please contact us at [email protected] in advance of booking.

    • Airfare Guidelines
      EBRC will provide an approved travel agency with flight limits for the traveler to contact. Payment will be made directly by the EBRC to the travel agency. We cannot guarantee full reimbursement for air travel made outside of our agency. If you are not able to book through our travel agency, please contact EBRC at [email protected]
      – Only coach/economy class tickets at the lowest reasonable fare and non-refundable tickets are reimbursable. First class, business class, full-fare economy class, and unrestricted/refundable tickets are not reimbursable without advance written approval. All travel should be planned and booked as far in advance as possible to take advantage of the least-expensive fares available. Ancillary fees charged by airlines (i.e., seat assignment, excess baggage) are not reimbursable.
      – If the approved travel agency is not used and EBRC has not directly paid the airfare, comparative costs upon which airfare reimbursement can be based must be obtained. This means you will be reimbursed for the cost of a direct round-trip between your place of work and the EBRC event meeting place or the face value of the ticket, whichever is less. If the constructive cost is not determined in advance, our travel office will reference the lowest reasonable fare after the fact, and this may lower your reimbursement. If you expect to be reimbursed by a third party for any part of your travel, costs should be allocated appropriately.
      – The EBRC cannot pay airline change fees after reservations have been ticketed. Except for emergencies, the traveler will be responsible for change fees should changes arise after flights have been confirmed by the traveler and booked by the EBRC-approved Travel Agency.
      – If you are unable to honor a flight reservation, you are responsible for cancelling your reservation and notifying EBRC at [email protected] before the departure. You must cancel your ticket directly with the airline or with the EBRC-approved Travel Agency. Do not rely on email to cancel your ticket. Please call the emergency number of the Travel Agency can cancel over the phone. EBRC will be provided a partial credit can be applied to the unused ticket. Cancellations arising from non-emergency situations may require reimbursement of EBRC’s costs or restrictions on future travel with EBRC.
    • Ground Transportation
      – If driving your personal vehicle, you may be reimbursed the standard UC Berkeley per-mile rate based on the most direct route. To determine the number of miles, use an online mapping tool (MapQuest or Google Maps). The standard mileage rate includes fuel, as well as wear-and-tear on the vehicle. You will be reimbursed the lesser of mileage based on the most direct route or an amount equal to the cost of flying coach/economy with advance booking.
      – Rental cars generally not necessary for EBRC events and will only be supported with explicit notice in advance of an event. If a rental car is allowed, you can rent up to an intermediate size car. When traveling by train or Amtrak, you must use coach-class accommodations.

    Lodging
    Travelers will be invited and encouraged to stay in hotel blocks booked and paid for directly by EBRC. Room incidentals are not reimbursable and are the responsibility of the traveler.

    Meals & Incidental Expenses
    If a trip is less than 24 hours, meals are not reimbursable, unless there was a need for an overnight stay. Most EBRC meetings include catered meals during the meeting. No reimbursement will be allowed when catered meals are provided. The meeting agenda will indicate when meals are provided. If there is an overnight stay where dinner is not provided for, EBRC will reimburse up to $31.00 per day actual expenses with receipt submission. Meals will only be reimbursed for events with full reimbursement travelers. For EBRC annual retreats and annual meetings, meals are not reimbursable.

    Reporting Travel Expenses for Reimbursement
    Save your receipts. Business-related expenses can be claimed for actual amount spent, with submission of itemized receipts for all transportation and meals. A valid receipt contains payee’s name, amount, date, place, identification of what was purchased and proof of payment. If you lost a business receipt and have exhausted all efforts to obtain a copy from the merchant, provide an explanation with your reimbursement request including the details of the purchase and your declaration that the amount claimed is the amount actually paid by you and that you have not and will not seek reimbursement from any other source.

    Exceptions
    Request for exceptions to this policy should be made as soon as possible. To request an exception, please contact Angela Lee at [email protected]. This includes questions or deviations for complex travel situations.

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