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Post Undergraduate Internship: Molecular Biology and Metabolic Engineering

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals. The Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center at NREL has an opening for a full-time post graduate internship within the Synthetic Biology and Bioconversion Group, which will be supporting research and development activities related to the valorization of lignin and waste material upcycling.

  • Responsibilities will include construction and evaluation of bacterial strains for the conversion of plastic waste into valuable chemicals and materials.
  • The successful candidate will have just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology, chemical and biological engineering, bioengineering, biology, chemistry, or a similar field. In addition, the successful candidate will have the following:
  • Excellent organizational skills, including contemporary laboratory notebook documentation
  • Proficient communication skills, including the ability to succinctly communicate scientific findings to peers
  • Critical thinking skills, including the ability to formulate hypotheses and interpret results
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely with minimal supervision

Additional Required Qualification
  • Experience with plasmid construction (e.g., polymerase chain reactions, Gibson assemblies, bacterial transformations, etc.)
  • Experience working with aseptic technique for the cultivation of bacterial strains