We seek two postdoctoral associates/research associates for the interdisciplinary below project at Cornell. We would appreciate it if you can help us to spread the word.
Esteban Gazel, Ph.D.
Charles N. Mellowes Professor in Engineering
Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center for Sustainability
2161 Snee Hall, Ithaca, NY, 14853
Office: 4164 Snee Hall
Lab Website: https://gazelresearchgroup.eas.cornell.eduhttps://gazelresearchgroup.eas.cornell.edu/
Cornell Mass Spectrometry: https://cmas.eas.cornell.eduhttps://cmas.eas.cornell.edu/
Bio-accelerated Weathering for Energy Critical Element Recovery and CO2 Sequestration
The revolution triggered by the clean energy transition and the US government's initiatives to expand the domestic supply chain for clean energy technologies are placing an unprecedented demand for critical elements such as the rare earths, Ni, Co, and the platinum group elements. However, current methods of metal extraction leave considerable amounts of toxic waste and have a high carbon footprint. Even if we succeed in electrifying all the energy infrastructure, there remains an unavoidable need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
Synthetic biology, in combination with mineralogy and geochemistry, provides a new frontier for sustainable energy innovation. To solve the supply challenges of energy critical elements and large-scale carbon removal we have spearheaded an interdisciplinary project to develop engineered microbes capable of dissolving rocks with low energy and carbon input that will provide critical elements for energy technologies, while at the same time providing cations needed CO2mineralization.
This project builds upon a long-term collaboration between the Barstow and Gazel groups, which has successfully developed engineered microorganisms for extracting and separating rare earth elements for energy technologies. The two groups meet formally every two weeks, but members of the groups communicate daily and move seamlessly between the two labs. This project comes with significant entrepreneurial opportunities and potential for commercialization. Our collaboration already resulted in the successful startup REEgen, Inc., founded by a graduate student and postdoc from our previous project.
To achieve our project objectives, we are recruiting:
A postdoctoral associate under the supervision of Prof. Buz Barstow in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University with a proven track record in microbiology, with a particular focus on the isolation, cultivation, and genetic manipulation of non-model micro-organisms (the weirder the better). Additional preferred skills include high-throughput screening, computation, electronics fabrication, and advanced genetic manipulation tools. Requirements: - A Ph.D. in microbiology or closed field, proficiency in science communication (written and oral) with evidence of peer review publications. Assets: Ability to contribute to an inclusive working environment, including interaction with researchers at all levels in our lab. Applications for this position must be submitted using the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/26595
A postdoctoral associate/research associate (depending on years of experience) under the supervision of Prof. Esteban Gazel at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, with proven research on Earth materials processes and expertise in bulk (e.g., XRF, XRD, ICP-MS) and in-situ (SEM/EMPA/TEM, LA-ICP-MS, Raman/FTIR) mineral characterization techniques. Their task will involve the characterization of feedstocks that will be used before and after bioleaching experiments, evaluating the record physiochemical processes of mineral-microbe interactions in the experimental residues, and conducting mass balance, efficiency assessment, and optimization. Requirements: - A Ph.D. in Earth or Material sciences, proficiency in science communication (written and oral) with evidence of peer review publications. Assets: Ability to contribute to an inclusive working environment, including interaction with researchers at all levels in our lab. Applications for this position must be submitted using the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/26595
Submitted applications require the following documents: 1) CV; 2) short (two pages) statement of research interests in line with the project; 3) names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023. For more information about these positions, contact Prof. Esteban Gazel at firstname.lastname@example.org:email@example.com or Prof. Buz Barstrow at firstname.lastname@example.org:email@example.com