Postdoctoral Researcher

Clark and Arkin Research Labs (Douglas S. Clark and Adam Arkin, co-PIs)
Depts. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES)

The Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley seek applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher at 100%. The position is available immediately until a suitable candidate is found.

The postdoc will join the Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES), a new interdisciplinary program funded to support biomanufacturing for deep space exploration that realizes the inherent advantages of space biotechnology over traditional abiotic approaches. CUBES will advance the practicality of deploying an integrated, multi-function, multi-organism biological system on a Mars mission.

A number of projects will be approached in collaboration with the others in the program concerning discovery and engineering of bacteria for the ability to detoxify and recover nutrients from the Martian regolith and utilize light and volatiles from the atmosphere to facilitate agriculture and bioprocessing. The project will also explore novel strategies for microbial growth, yield and harvesting of target products (e.g., biofuels and bioplastics), including extremophile bioprocessing in a Mars-like environment and characterization in novel bioreactors over a wide range of temperatures, pressures, and gas atmospheres.

Highly motivated individuals with a PhD in bio/chemical engineering or a related field are encouraged to apply. Competitive candidates are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills, and a strong record of peer reviewed publications.

If you're interested, please email a cover letter and most recent CV to Christine Balolong at cbalolong(AT) berkeley.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; the department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work. UC Berkeley is committed to diversity in all aspects of our mission and to addressing the family needs of postdoctoral researchers, including dual career couples and single parents.