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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Algal Biofuels

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Algal Biofuels
School of Natural
Resources and Environment

University of

A postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified individual to join
the Cardinale lab at the University of Michigan to work on a new NSF Emerging
Frontiers in Research and Innovation grant that examines how algal biodiversity
influences the efficiency and sustainability of algal biofuel production.  The goal is to develop multi-species photosynthetic systems that express the complementary genes, metabolic pathways, and biological traits needed to increase the efficiency, yield, and stability of
biofuel yields relative to current monoculture systems.  The project includes field and laboratory
experiments, as well as life-cycle analyses to assess the ecological footprint
and commercial viability of multi-species biorefineries.  Collaborators include Dr.'s Phil Savage – a
chemical engineer at the University of Michigan, Nina Lin - a microfluidics
expert at the University of Michigan, and Todd Oakley – a phylogeneticist at the
University of California-Santa Barbara.

The ideal applicant would have expertise in ecological genomics, algal ecology, biofuel
synthesis, or biodiversity and ecosystem services. The successful applicant
will lead at least one of the proposed experiments, and will be expected to
develop their own research program to compliment the broader goals of the
project.  Applicants must have an excellent record of publication, strong experimental and quantitative skills, and be comfortable leading a team of undergraduate researchers. Prior
experience working with freshwater algae is desirable.

The fellowship offers a highly competitive salary plus benefits. The initial
appointment is for one year, and continuation of funding is available for a
second year provided satisfactory progress on research goals.  Consideration of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals from under-represented groups are especially encouraged to

The Cardinale lab is in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan (http://snre.umich.edu/cardinale/). UM was recently ranked 15th on the Times Higher Education’s list of the world’s top 200 universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as
one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural
beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown

To apply,
email a cover letter stating your research accomplishments and interests, a curriculum vitae, two representative publications, and the names and contact information for three
references to:

Bradley J. Cardinale, PhD

Email: bradcard@umich.edu

University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action