The Biosciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate to work in the DOE Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) to edit and regulate genes in plants using CRISPR-Cas systems. The goal of our research is to accelerate domestication of bioenergy-relevant plants to enable high-impact, value-added, co-product development at multiple points in the bioenergy supply chain.
Major Duties / Responsibilities
You will be expected to work in close collaboration with a diverse team of scientists to perform the following research tasks: 1) Knockout and knockin mutagenesis in plants using CRISPR-Cas systems, 2) regulation of gene expression using synthetic transcription factors and synthetic promoters, and 3) pathway engineering using synthetic circuits. Duties and Responsibilities include:
Design and build plasmid constructs
Transform the gene constructs into plants
Develop new transformation protocols based on emerging CRISPR technologies
Collaborate with other team members to characterize phenotypic changes in the genetically-modified plants
Present research progress in project meetings and national/international conferences
Publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Work with staff to develop new proposals
A Ph.D. in plant biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, or a related field is required.
Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.
Expertise in genome editing
Experience in plant transformation
Effective writing and presentation skills, demonstrated by a strong publication record from previous research
Appointments will initially be for 24 months with a possibility of an extension of up to 12 months, contingent on performance and availability of funding.
To learn more about CBI, please visit: https://cbi.ornl.gov/
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary, medical benefits, paid vacation and relocation assistance provided
Internal Number: NB50668215
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), located in east Tennessee, is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.