A postdoctoral research associate position is available to work with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center(GLBRC) collaborators Daniel Noguera and Tim Donohue. The GLBRC is one of four national bioenergy research centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The position provides multiple opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with GLBRC scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University and other partners.
The research focuses on understanding microbial pathways involved in production of novel lipds and other chemicals from fermentation residue. We seek to mine bacterial genomes to analyze, decipher and assemble bacterial hosts or microbiome communities capable of converting the organics that remain in fermentation residue into valuable chemicals that are currently derived from petroleum. The research includes the combined use of genomics, systems, synthetic and computational biology, along with metabolism, enzymology and genetics to assemble novel microbial chassis organisms that industry could use to generate valuable chemicals by single species, natural or synthetic microbiomes from fermentation waste. Publications linked to the above faculty websites can be reviewed to illustrate the projects available in this position.