Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Chemical Engineering

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
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Oct 22, 2021

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position

Regular, Full-time, Pay Grade 00

Focus: Understanding and Harnessing Robustness of Thermophiles for Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass into Biofuels and Biochemicals

A post-doctoral researcher position is available in Dr. Trinh’s laboratory in The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The candidate will work on a DOE-funded project that fundamentally studies robustness of thermophiles (e.g., Clostridium thermocellum, Bacillus coagulans) and engineer them as efficient and robust biocatalysts for biosynthesis of biofuels and biochemicals from lignocellulosic biomass.

This project is a collaboration between Trinh lab at The University of Tennessee Knoxville and research scientists at The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and The US Department of Agriculture. An interested candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biochemistry, microbiology, or related fields with a proven track record of peer-reviewed publications.

Minimum Requirements:

A PhD is required in Chemical Engineering or related field. Candidates with strong skills and backgrounds in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, protein engineering, bacterial genetics, molecular cloning, fermentation, high-throughput screening, analytical techniques, CRISPR gene editing, metabolism, and/or bioinformatics are highly preferred.

The contract is on one-year basis and can be extended based on the research progress. All interested candidates must apply online and should attach an updated curriculum vitae and contact information for three references.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Chemical Engineering
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 10, 2021, 8:27:11 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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