Postdoctoral Internship in Molecular Biology of Photosynthetic Microorganisms

Exceptional opportunities are available for highly motivated candidates with strong publication records, regardless of their specific area of expertise. Preferred backgrounds include: molecular biology, algal biology, photosynthesis metabolism, systems biology of microbial metabolism.

The objective of this project is to develop transgenic algal strains that can grow to high biomass yields on high CO2 levels produced as effluent from fossil power plants. The intern will apply both targeted and random mutagenesis techniques (high throughput screening of mutants), construction of targeted gene mutants (RNAi and CRISPR/CAS), investigate photosynthetic metabolism, create and maintain a library of mutant strains, manage, train and supervise PhD students, and manage an international collaboration.

Training will occur in the Dismukes laboratory located in the Waksman Institute of Microbiology and in collaboration with other laboratories at Rutgers: computational systems biology in the Lun laboratory at the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, algal genomics in the Bhattacharya laboratory, and biomass conversion in the Cheng Laboratory at Zhejiang University. The successful applicants will join a team of scientists, engineers and students collaborating across disciplinary boundaries in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Center for Integrative Proteomics.

Professional development in areas of sustainable energy is provided through the Integrative Graduate Education & Research Training Program and the Bloustein Center for Energy, Economics and Environmental Policy.

The initial appointment will be for one year. Funding for up to three year is available with mutual agreement. The position is open until filled. Posted March 1, 2016.

Applications should include a curriculum vita, list of publications and a brief statement (less than 3 pages) of research interests and goals. On the application, please list three references that you have asked to send letters of recommendation. All application materials should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to the following address with this subject line:


Reference letters on letterhead may be sent either to the address below (hard copies) or to the previous electronic address using the same subject line formatting as above.

Solar Fuels Research Associate Position

Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University

190 Freilinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

The Internship is sponsored by the Global Climate Energy Project:

Publications upon which this project will build may be found here: