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Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow
Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
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Date Posted 04/10/2020
Salary -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Who we are:
The Lynd lab, directed by Professor Lee Lynd, seeks to be of service by enabling and envisioning a transition from the non-sustainable present to a sustainable future, one of the primary challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century. A central focus of our research is converting cellulosic biomass to biofuels in a single step without added enzymes. Such “consolidated bioprocessing” (CBP) is a potential breakthrough that would result in very large cost reductions as compared to the more conventional approach of producing saccharolytic enzymes in a dedicated process step. More information on the Lynd lab and Dr. Lynd is available at and

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in microbiology, biochemical engineering, biotechnology or closely-related discipline.

  • Experience with cultivation and handling of (an)aerobic microorganisms.

  • A track record of contributions to the peer-reviewed literature.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability and enthusiasm for participating in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research effort focused on enabling understanding and innovation pursuant to real-world impact.

  • Self-motivated with ability to think critically and work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Willing to learn new skills and to teach less experienced members of the lab.

A successful candidate can work independently as part of a research team that studies fundamental aspects of microbial lignocellulose solubilization with applied goals in mind.

The candidate is able to address issues spanning from microbiology to mechanical engineering, provides regular progress updates to group leaders and is willing to work flexible hours.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and gusto for fermentation, including scientific and operational aspects.

  • Experience in working with bioreactor cultivation systems, steam-in-place operation is a plus but not required.

  • Experience with handling of lignocellulosic biomass.

  • Experience with molecular biology.

SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position FLSA Exempt Employment Category Regular Full Time Department Contact for Cover Letter Professor Lee Lynd and Dr. Evert Holwerda Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is funded by a grant. Continuation is based upon available funds.

This position is a 12-month term position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.




Key Accountabilities


  • The applicant will work on microbial deconstruction of lignocellulose by thermophilic, anaerobic bacteria as part of the Microbial Cellulose Utilization group in the Lynd lab.
    Two areas of particular focus are:

  • Characterization, understanding, and innovation related to the using milling during fermentation (cotreatment), in lieu of thermochemical pretreatment, to increase the accessibility of lignocellulosic feedstocks to biological attack.

  • Diagnosis, remediation, and hardware development pursuant to obtaining high carbohydrate solubilization at high initial solids loadings (e.g. 150 g/L).

  • Work toward these ends is expected to be carried out in collaboration with the Metabolic Engineering group of the Lynd lab as well as a growing network of national and international collaborators.

Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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