Synthetic Biologist/Engineer

Employer
Battelle Memorial Institute
Location
Columbus, Ohio, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 05, 2021
Closes
Sep 09, 2021
Ref
2230550370
Discipline
Other
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Battelle delivers when others can't. We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients-whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.
We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
Battelle is currently seeking a Synthetic Biologist/Engineer position for the National Security Business Unit. This full-time position is located in Columbus, Ohio . Some domestic and international travel is anticipated.
JOB SUMMARY
Technical leadership and support to laboratory and field studies in the engineering of microorganisms for the production of industrially relevant molecules and improved tolerance to toxic compounds, identification and engineering of novel pathways for deconstruction and buildup of high value compounds; and the identification and exploitation of opportunities to lead projects that enhance capability and/or support the development of new technical approaches.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
- Support research projects focused on but not limited to engineering of microorganisms and fungi to produce industrially relevant molecules and improved tolerance to toxic compounds.
- Development of engineered microorganisms to produce high value molecules for bio-derived high-performance materials.
- Development of mathematical models for synthetic genetic circuits.
- Support research projects focusing on isolation and identification of novel microorganisms, genes and proteins from environmental media.
- Optimize and develop improved microbial conversion of valuable feedstock such as lignin, cellulose, sugars, and lipids into specialized.
- Analyze multi- omics datasets to identify and characterize feedstock conversion pathways.
- Optimize and develop molecular biology tools with application to microbiological systems.
- Preparing and presenting technical reports and presentations
- Conduct technical work and produce quality results within budget and schedule.
- Assisting in preparing scientific journal publications and presenting at professional meetings
- Assisting in the development of proposals, marketing plans and identifying business opportunities
- Train, mentor, and lead junior technical staff.
Some domestic and potential international travel is anticipated.
THE FOLLOWING IS REQUIRED
- A Ph.D. (or MS and 5 years' experience or BS and 10 years' experience) in biological or chemical engineering with experience in synthetic biology, systems biology and metabolic engineering and computational tools.
- Experience in laboratory and field-based studies.
- Experience working on and leading research projects for both governmental and commercial clients.
- Ability to travel, including participating in field work.
- U.S. citizenship, with the ability to obtain and maintain required government security clearances as a condition of employment.
- Sufficiently medically fit to work in the laboratory and in the field to perform assigned duties.
- The ability to work in a team environment.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
THE FOLLOWING IS DESIRED
- Experience working within laboratory quality management systems (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO17025, GLP)
LEGAL DISCLAIMER
The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department
BENEFITS
Battelle's competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.
As a condition of employment, Battelle will inquire about COVID vaccination status, and in the event that vaccinations are mandated at a work location (including client site and Battelle sites) we expect all candidates to comply with these required safety protocols.
Battelle is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact recruiting@battelle.org _.
Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle_ .
For more information about our other openings, please visit www.battelle.org/careers