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Post Bachelor Research Associate - Biochemistry/Microbiology/Chemical Engineering

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Sequim, WA
  • Posted: February 05, 2020
  • Full-Time

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310398
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Coastal Sciences
Group: Bioenergy


Job Description

The selected candidate will cultivate microalgae under climate-simulated conditions in bench-scale photobioreactors and pilot-scale, state-of-the art LED-lighted and temperature-controlled 800 liter raceway ponds for the production of biofuels (see also "Algal Biofuels" at https://marine.pnnl.gov/renewable.asp and https://discovr.labworks.org/ ). The photobioreactors and ponds will be operated via computer control (LabView) to simulate the daily fluctuations of sunlight and water temperature that are observed in outdoor ponds. The project will involve the preparation of sterile growth media, the inoculation of bioreactors and ponds with appropriate microalgae species/strains, and the monitoring of biomass growth via spectrometric and gravimetric methods. Throughout the experiment, the light intensity, pH, nutrient concentration, and temperature of the cultures will be monitored. The culturing project will also involve repair, maintenance, and potential redesign of equipment. Additional experiments may be carried out to quantify the specific growth rate of selected strains as a function of temperature and light intensity, and to determine the loss of biomass during the dark period. The photosynthetic oxygen evolution rate may also be measured as a function of light intensity for selected strains and temperature conditions.
The position is located in Sequim, WA. However, the candidate should be able to conduct short term (1-2 months) outdoor pond experiments at a wastewater treatment plant in the Arizona desert, requiring the ability to independently manage the field work safely and effectively, and to install, troubleshoot, repair, and redesign equipment if necessary. The applicants' resume should include the GPA, a list of laboratory courses and a brief (<150 words) essay explaining their interest in this position.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Bachelor's degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must have basic knowledge of biochemistry and microbiology.
  • Must have basic wet chemistry laboratory skills.
  • Must be comfortable operating various laboratory equipment and trouble-shooting newly setup test procedures and equipment.
  • Must have experience with culturing micro-organisms using sterile techniques.
  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Excel to analyze and plot all data.
  • Must write technical reports summarizing all experimental data.
  • Experience with culturing microalgae or cyanobacteria is highly desired
  • 3.25 GPA or higher is preferred
  • Degree in biochemistry, microbiology, biochemical/chemical engineering, or related field.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.
Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

The position is located in Sequim, WA. However, the candidate should be able to conduct short term (1-2 months) outdoor pond experiments at a wastewater treatment plant in the Arizona desert, requiring the ability to independently manage the field work safely and effectively, and to install, troubleshoot, repair, and redesign equipment if necessary.

Directorate: Energy & Environment
Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs
Group: Coastal Research
Opening Date: 2020-02-02
Closing Date: 2020-02-12

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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