NREL Postdoctoral Researcher -Biophysicist/Biochemist in Golden, Colorado
Postdoctoral Researcher -Biophysicist/Biochemist
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL emphasizes a well-integrated, interdisciplinary team approach to addressing the unique, fundamental research challenges for developing market relevant, renewable energy technologies. The NREL’s Biosciences Center has an immediate opening for a full-time (40 hours/week) Postdoctoral Researcher position in the Redox Biochemistry Group to conduct fundamental research on the electron transfer and mechanisms of reduction-oxidation enzymes. The research will implement an integrated approach encompassing time-resolved kinetics, and photochemical and biophysical methodologies. The candidate’s research responsibilities will include the application of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR), freeze-quench, optical spectroscopy and vibrational spectroscopy with photochemical poising of enzymes towards the broader goal of understanding the mechanisms of electron injection, transfer and coupling to small molecule activation. The paramagnetic and photochemical spectroscopy will be conducted at the new Advanced Spin Resonance Facility at NREL, which includes multiple continuous-wave and pulsed EPR spectrometers, as well as optical probes, a fiber optic laser, and photochemical freeze-quench apparatus.
The research project is highly collaborative, and involves both internal and external groups. Therefore, the candidate will be required on a regular basis to prepare reports on research progress, as well as write manuscripts of the work and present results at national meetings. To meet these requirements the candidate must possess strong organizational skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
1) The primary responsibility will be to conduct basic research on redox enzymes and metalloenzymes using a variety of methods including biochemical, photochemical, and spectroscopic approaches. Primary responsibilities include the preparation of results for publication, and regular reports on research progress. The candidate will be expected to assist in project planning and proposal development. Some responsibility for the training and supervision of students and new postdoctoral scientists will also be required.
Previous working experience in conducting basic research on the electronic properties, electron transport mechanisms of redox enzymes. Experience with the safe-handling of inorganic materials and nanoparticles, knowledge of anaerobic laboratory techniques for expression, purification, and handling of oxygen-sensitive redox active biocatalysts, experience with biological freeze-quench and stopped-flow techniques as applied to enzyme kinetics and mechanisms, experience with light-induced, transient EPR and pulsed EPR techniques.
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