Notice of Interest — Postdoctoral Researcher

April 10, 2023


HelioBioSys, in a collaboration with a university laboratory, focuses on the sustainable production of biomaterials from algal metabolites. This position would support a postdoc as a university employee, working on a project supported by HelioBioSys. As part of multi-PI and interdisciplinary center, the Postdoc will be working in a uniquely collaborative and productive lab focused on algal biotechnology. The lab leads research on algal consortia in engineered and natural environments, as well as the development of tools to better quantitate such systems to enable decision-making and improve valorization. The Postdoc will assume a leadership role in the lab, interacting with graduate and undergraduate students within the lab. The Postdoc will be exposed to many research topics associated with algal research, engineering, and molecular biology. Priority will be given to candidates with experience working with algae, microbes, bioreactor operation, metabolite analysis (especially HPLC), biological spectroscopy, and statistical analysis as demonstrated through publications and references. The qualified candidate is anticipated to start in late spring of 2023 and continue for one to two years.


1. Project management, meeting coordination and leadership

2. Design and implementation of experiments that include the extraction and chemical analyses of cyanobacterial metabolites, data analyses, and report/manuscript preparation.

3. Training and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students

4. Identifying, coordinating, and leading the writing of research proposals and seeking future funding

5. Establishing and sustaining interactions among HelioBioSys personnel, faculty, post-docs, and students.

Working environment

This position requires the candidate to be capable of safe, independent research in an indoor BL-2 laboratory with hazardous chemicals, an outdoor field site (including greenhouses), and remote field sites. Operation of project-essential equipment commonly includes microscopes, spectrometers, flow cytometers, and several chromatography platforms, especially HPLC. Significant computational work, but occasional lifting (40 lbs.) of palletized supplies.

Minimum qualifications

Candidates must have: a Ph.D. (within the past four years) in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or allied discipline.

Desired qualifications

Preference for all applicants will be a strong record of practical experience with cellular and biochemical research. Specifically, experience with cyanobacterial growth and chemical analysis of metabolites. Additionally, hands on experience with genetically transforming non-filamentous cyanobacteria is an asset. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Hands on experience with large datasets, data analysis and integration. Experience in project management, team leadership, and effective communications.

Application process

Interested applicants should send a brief letter expressing interest and resume to the email addresses listed below. Pre-screened applicants will be referred to the project, university Co-PI for formal application procedures.