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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the Executive Vice President Knowledge Enterprise: Biodesign Institute: Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology


Tempe, AZ

Open Date

Nov 14, 2023


The Torres Lab within the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University (https://biodesign.asu.edu/environmental-biotechnology/) seeks a postdoctoral researcher. The research projects focus on microbial electrophosynthesis - the use of photosynthetic microorganisms for the synthesis of chemicals and fuels. The Torres Lab has a history of studying microbial electrochemistry and its applications bioenergy and bioproducts, as well as general applications in environmental biotechnology. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with a team of researchers across several projects funded by NSF, USAID, DoE, and ONR.

Essential Duties

  • Growth and maintenance of pure cultures and mutants of cyanobacteria
  • Design and operation of microbial electro-photosynthesis reactors
  • Evaluation of redox mediators in different electrochemical setups
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related disciplines within the last 5 years. The applicant must show a record of successful research endeavors. Expertise in the following areas is desirable, in order of priority:

  1. Expertise in microbial electrochemistry, particularly focusing on photosynthetic microorganisms
  2. Expertise in organic synthesis of redox mediators
  3. Modeling and analysis of bioelectrochemical data
  4. Expertise in genetic modification to cyanobacteria
  5. Anaerobic growth and culturing of microorganisms

Application Instructions

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in the application through the Interfolio website by 12/3/2023.

Applications will be accepted until 12/3/2023.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Afirmative Action Employer. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

(See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html (https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html) and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/ (https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/).)

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The Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology focuses on developing microbiological systems that capture or develop renewable resources and also prevent or clean up environmental pollution. Our team combines engineering approaches with microbiology and chemistry to reclaim polluted water and generate energy from waste substances. Center researchers combine engineering with microbiology, molecular biology, and chemistry in order to gain an integrated understanding of how microbial ecosystems work and can be controlled to reclaim polluted water, generate energy from waste substances, and improve public health and sustainability.