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Applied Environmental Microbiology Postdoctoral Research Associate - Idaho Falls, ID #7835646

Company: Idaho National Laboratory

Date: 02/23/2021

City: Idaho Falls, ID

Employment type: Full-time

INL Mission:

Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL Vision:

Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.

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Position Description

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a well-qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microbiology, Environmental Engineering, or comparable discipline for the Biological & Chemical Science & Engineering Department. This postdoctoral researcher will be a key contributor to a multidisciplinary team of researchers studying interactions between microorganisms and metals critical to clean energy technologies. Research interests include both the application of microorganisms to recover and refine such metals (e.g., rare earth elements, cobalt, nickel, tellurium, etc.) and the impacts of such metals and associated processing reagents on microbial activities and community compositions. The outcome of the research has the potential to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of metal recovery and production, and to support the domestic transition to renewable energy technologies. The candidate will contribute to development of research strategies, design and execute laboratory experiments, and perform data analysis and interpretation. Experience in fundamental or applied biogeochemistry, microbial cultivation and assessment of microbial activity is required, and expertise in genomics, transcriptomics, and or other omics is an advantage.

The candidate is expected to be a strong asset to our interdisciplinary R&D team and work effectively both alone and as a team member. The candidate must be self-motivated but also take direction from other team members and peers.

The position entails writing scientific manuscripts for journal publication, and presentation of research results at national and international conferences and meetings.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

INL Overview:

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is changing the world's energy future and securing our infrastructure! Join us - innovate the future!

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

Selective Service Requirements:

To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see

Benefits, Salary, and Relocation:

We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit: .


Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (IRC 9X80's Schedule)


  • PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years
  • Ph.D. Microbiology, Environmental Engineering, or comparable discipline.
  • Experience working with prokaryotes in the laboratory is required.
  • Expertise in genomics, transcriptomics, and or other omics disciplines is a plus

Other Information

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Environmental, Safety and Health Statement

Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

The Idaho Falls Area

Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and

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