Location: Ithaca, New York
Postdoctoral Associate - Enzyme Engineer
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Applications are sought for a postdoctoral associate position in the Goddard Research Group, Cornell University, Department of Food Sciences, Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Lab.
The postdoctoral associate will conduct research on immobilized enzyme system design for food and agriculture applications, including bioconjugation chemistry, enzyme engineering, expression, purification, and characterization to perform in. The post-doctoral associate will utilize techniques such as: computational and experimental rational design, plasmid construction, analysis of Sanger and Whole Genome sequence data, transformation of vectors into expression systems, Western blot and other characterization methods of engineered proteins. The scientist will also design methods to immobilize enzymes and characterize their performance under conditions of intended use. The scientist is also expected to write manuscripts for publications which detail the findings of the research. The postdoc will be expected to perform in a high-paced, creative, inclusive, and team-oriented research environment.
Anticipated Division of Time
The scientist is expected to spend 100% of their time in enzyme engineering research related to upcycling waste streams and associated lab support activities. The tasks include conducting independent research, leading and advising junior scientists in the lab, writing results into peer-reviewed publications or patent applications, supporting grant writing, and designing new experimental methods.
The scientist will report directly to Professor Goddard and provide support to the current Lab Manager in maintaining a safe, inclusive education environment for lab members, including supporting equipment management and trainings. The scientist will be co-advised in part by our collaborator Professor Nugen. As part of their day-to-day lab duties, the scientist is expected to supervise and advise a team consisting of graduate and undergraduate students. This supervision includes assistance with protocols, adherence to safety standards, experimental design, execution, and interpretation of results.
- Applicants must have a Ph.D. in food science, molecular biology, genetics, bioengineering, or similar field.
- Expertise in enzyme & protein engineering
- Demonstrated experience in molecular/synthetic biology
- Demonstrated use of bioinformatics software and molecular biology tools for data analysis and experimental design
- Excellent written and communication skills
- Ability to conduct independent research in an inclusive, collaborative environment is essential
- Ability to lead a diverse team of graduate and undergraduate students
- Strong publication record
- Experience in grant writing is strongly preferred
Application Materials Required:
Employer: Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, NY
Start Date: TBD
Application Deadline: None. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Length of Appointment: 1 year, with subsequent renewals depending on performance and the availability of funds
Time Commitment: Full time
$54,840.00 - $75,000.00
The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience.
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
Unique applicable skills.
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Notice to Applicants:
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