A synthetic biology postdoctoral position is open in Andrew Hanson's group.
The Hanson group is applying synthetic biology approaches to engineering plant and microbial metabolism. Their research aims for utility to agriculture and the bioeconomy. Ongoing projects include:
- Using directed evolution via the E. coli EvolvR system (PMID:30069054) and the yeast OrthoRep system (PMID:30415839) to build more energy-efficient versions of the thiamin synthesis enzyme THI4 (PMID:30337452)
- Using directed evolution to extend the working lives of enzymes, and so cut the high energy cost of replacing them (PMID: 30670486)
- Developing new-to-nature synthetic metabolic pathways that benefit agriculture and the environment
We collaborate extensively (via joint Federally-funded projects) and publish with groups at UF, in other US institutions, and in Europe. These groups include synthetic biologists, metabolic engineers, computational biochemists, and plant biochemists.
For our publications see https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NMKoQqEAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
The position involves contributing to lab management, e.g. by overseeing ordering or coordinating performance of everyday tasks by other lab members.
- PhD degree in biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, biotechnology, or a related discipline
- Proven organizational, time-management, and communication skills (oral and written)
- Experience with E. coli and preferably also yeast as genetic and metabolic platform organisms
- Strong interest in applying synthetic biology to metabolic engineering
- Strong interest in plants and plant improvement