Synthetic Biology Postdoctoral fellow and PhD student

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières – Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Synthetic biology has the potential to revolutionize the production of biofuels, chemicals, and others materials. As part of a SynBio-MicroAlgae funded project, the Plant Specialized Metabolism & Engineering Division seeks to develop non-model Chlamydomonas reinhardtii strain for production of valuable plant metabolites with opening for a Synthetic Biology Postdoctoral fellow and PhD students.

What You Will Do:

  • Develop a non-model microalgae for production of plant molecules, leveraging metabolic engineering and synthetic biology.
    • Mine enzymes required for target metabolite production.
    • Design, build and test pathways for molecule production.
    • Analyze datasets to identify/predict rate-limiting steps, competing pathways, and regulatory mechanisms to improve the flux through target pathways.
    • Measure target metabolites using LC-MS or GC-MS.
  • Prepare DNA and RNA samples for sequencing analyses.
  • Summarize experimental results and present them at group meetings.
  • Keep precise and detailed laboratory notebooks.
  • Manage relationships with our collaborators

What Is Required:

  • Ph.D. degree for Postdoctoral postion or Master’s degree for the PhD student opening in the relevant fields in Microbiology, Metabolic Engineering, and Synthetic Biology.
  • Strong motivation to contribute to develop the areas of research.
  • Detailed knowledge in microbial biochemistry, genetics, metabolism, and physiology.
  • Preferred experience in molecular biology techniques (molecular cloning, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis).
  • Preferred experience with Chlamydomonas culture and molecular biology.
  • Ability to successfully work in a dynamic team environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.


  • This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • Salary in Canadian dollar is $40 000 for Postdoc and $25 000 for PhD.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières.


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