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Opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

Microbiology and Synthetic Biology


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Center for Bio/Molecular Science & Engineering

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64.15.09.C0520 Washington, DC 203755321


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Zheng Wang 202-404-1007


The Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in microbiology and synthetic biology.

By participating DoD and NASA funded research programs, the successful candidate will be responsible for (1) investigating microorganisms (particularly fungi) responsive and adaptive to radiation in nature and the space environment, and identifying the responding biomarkers with genetic, and –omic (transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic) methods; (2) developing biomanufacturing platforms to produce novel biomaterials using synthetic biology approaches. The candidate will have 2-3 years of financial support, access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and an opportunity for permanent employment based on performance and funding.

The candidate must have acquired a Ph.D. in microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology or a related field within the past five years and have demonstrated experience with fungal genetics/development and molecular biology techniques. Previous experience with omics, bioinformatics and analytical chemistry is desirable but not required. The candidate must be well-organized, self-motivated and possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

This Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is available through a competitive process with the American Society for Engineering Education Program or National Research Council Research Association Program and will offer a salary of $86,300 per annum. U.S. residency or citizenship is required. Qualified candidates should send complete applications (curriculum vitae, description of research accomplishments and interests, contact information of three references) via e-mail to Dr. Zheng Wang ( The Naval Research Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


·       Schultzhaus, Z., Romsdahl, J., Chen, A., Tschirhart, T., Kim, S., Leary, D., and Wang, Z. (2020). The response of the melanized yeast Exophiala dermatitidis to gamma radiation exposure. Environmental Microbiology 22, 1310-1326.

·       Schultzhaus, Z. S., Schultzhaus, J. N., Romsdahl, J., Chen, A., Hervey IV, W. J., Leary, D. H., & Wang, Z. (2020). Proteomics Reveals Distinct Changes Associated with Increased Gamma Radiation Resistance in the Black Yeast Exophiala dermatitidisGenes11(10), 1128.

·       Romsdahl, J., Schultzhaus, Z., Chen, A., Liu, J., Ewing, A., Hervey, J., & Wang, Z. (2020). Adaptive Evolution of a Melanized Fungus Reveals Robust Augmentation of Radiation Resistance by Abrogating Non-Homologous End-Joining. Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.15285

·       Wang, Z., Tschirhart, T., Schultzhaus, Z., Kelly, E.E., Chen, A., Oh, E., Nag, O., Glaser, E.R., Kim, E., and Lloyd, P.F. (2020). Melanin Produced by the Fast-Growing Marine Bacterium Vibrio natriegens through Heterologous Biosynthesis: Characterization and Application. Appl Environ Microb 86. e02749.

Microbiology; molecular biology; synthetic biology; fungi; radiation; melanin; biomaterial; omics; astrobiology


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$89,834.00 $3,000.00
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