We have an opening for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to use system-level computational modeling methods to study algal-bacterial interactions. Our DOE funded project centered at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) supports a multi-institution research program (https://bio-sfa.llnl.gov) that is focused on sustainable and predictable bioenergy crop production. The research tasks will include developing genome-scale models of metabolism in microbial communities and using computational biology methods to examine phenotypic capabilities of organisms and analyze intercellular interactions. This research will involve development of multiple types of models including both steady state models, as well as reaction-transport dynamic models.  Some of the modeling efforts involve use of LLNL’s high performance computing.  The purpose of this appointment is to promote cutting-edge science and requires day-to-day interactions with experimental biologists. 


  • Recent PhD in microbiology, bioengineering, computer science, chemistry/biochemistry, physics or related field.
  • Understanding of the concepts of microbial physiology (particularly metabolism), systems biology and dynamics of multi-cellular communities.
  • Experience in mathematical modeling of networks.
  • Familiarity with genome-scale modeling methods like flux balance analysis and tools like COBRA.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience using tools of linear programming and operations research.
  • Experience in bioinformatics and computational analyses.

Interested parties should apply at https://tinyurl.com/fbapostdoc

and/or contact Ali Navid, navid1@llnl.gov


Note: This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of the employment offer.

Location: Livermore, CA, USA