MICROBIAL GENETICIST. The Fermentation Biochemistry (FB) Unit of the National
Center for Agricultural Research (NCAUR), USDA-ARS, Peoria, Illinois, is
seeking a postdoctoral research associate. The NCAUR is a major Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) facility employing over 200 scientists and technicians.
The FB Unit conducts a broad-based program of microbial, biochemical, genetic
and engineering research that addresses important national research needs for
new environmentally acceptable value-added products. The overall mission of
the FB research program is to develop bioproducts and bioprocesses for
conversion of agricultural commodities into biofuels and chemicals, enzymes
and biocontrol agents and to improve animal production systems. The selected
research associate will participate in the biofuels program to metabolically
engineer superior strains of bacteria (mainly gram positive strains) for
conversion of agricultural lignocellulosic commodities into fuels and
chemicals. Candidates for this position should have a strong research
background and experience in microbial physiology and molecular biology.
Experience in either metabolic engineering and/or working with gram positive
bacteria is an added consideration. Candidates need to be able to plan and
conduct independent research and work within a team environment. Recent Ph.D.
is required. Salary is GS-11 ($38,593). Please send curriculum vitae and
names of three references to Dr. Rodney Bothast, NCAUR/ARS/USDA, 1815 N.
University Street, Peoria, IL 61604-3999; e-mail: rbothast at ncaur.usda.gov.
USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer.
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