Postdoctoral Fellow

Job description

Job location: Worcester

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-06-14
Req: R0000473

Postdoctoral Fellow




Chemical Engineering


Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI


We seek to hire a postdoctoral researcher to join our interdisciplinary re search team. The ideal candidate will primarily contribute to the development of communication and signaling among defined soil communities. The candidate's research will contribute to broader development of non-conventional hosts for synthetic biology. The position will provide ample opportunity for exploration into cross-disciplinary research initiatives, such as novel biomaterial development, novel biosynthesis, and high-throughput analysis. Research funding for the postdoctoral position is secured for 18 months, with a likely extension for a total of 3-4 years.


An interest in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and natural microbial consortia is essential. In addition to original research resulting in quality publications on the above topics, the postdoctoral scholar will also assist in managing the projhect, directing the research of undergraduate and graduate students, coordinating research across the team, and preparing project deliverables for the sponsor. 


PhD in chemical engineering, biological engineering, or a closely related field

Broad experience in molecular cloning and synthetic biology (please describe in cover letter)

Experience with novel assay development (please describe in cover letter)

Demonstrated ability to work independently and achieve project goals

Experience with engineering microbial consortia is not essential, but desirable (please describe in cover letter)

Experience with cultivating microbes in soil is not essential, but desirable (please describe in cover letter)

Founded in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's first technological universities. A highly selective private university located within an hour of Boston, WPI is consistently ranked among the top 70 research institutions by US News & World Report. The university is home to an innovative and intensive project-based curriculum that empowers students with the knowledge and skills to address real world problems around the globe, an approach repeatedly cited for excellence by The Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review. Located in the heart of New England, WPI is surrounded by cultural and recreational opportunities. The University of Massachusetts Medical School, a large number of technology companies, and many colleges and universities are located in the immediate area, making it ideal for two-career families. WPI and the Young Lab are committed to diversity and inclusion in research and in higher education. Women and underrepresented minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three references. Inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Eric M. Young ([email protected]) in the Department of Chemical Engineering 


United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.




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Posted: 6/15/2019
Application Due: 11/18/2019
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