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Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position open

Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

Microbial Biofuels Production

A post-doctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Professor Michael A. Henson in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts. The research involves the development of metabolic models for the conversion of cellulosic biomass to ethanol by the anaerobic bacterium Clostridium phytofermentans. This interdisciplinary systems biology project is funded by the Department of Energy through a subcontract from the startup company SunEthanol. Close interactions with microbiologists, biochemical engineers, and industrial collaborators will be required. Candidates with a Ph.D. in biology, engineering, or a related field and the following background are sought: (1) bacterial metabolism; (2) metabolic modeling; and (3) dynamic simulation and optimization.

The position is available starting September 1, 2008 for a period of one year. A six to twelve month extension is possible with satisfactory progress and availability of funds. The stipend and benefits are competitive.
Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Michael A. Henson
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
686 N. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9303
Phone: 413-545-3481
Fax: 413-545-1647
Email: henson @ ecs.umass.edu

posted 2008.07.31