Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position

Department of Chemical Engineering

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA


Microbial Biofuels Production


A post-doctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Professor Michael A. Henson in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts. The research involves the development of metabolic models for the conversion of cellulosic biomass to ethanol by the anaerobic bacterium Clostridium phytofermentans. This interdisciplinary systems biology project is funded by the Department of Energy through a subcontract from the startup company SunEthanol. Close interactions with microbiologists, biochemical engineers, and industrial collaborators will be required. Candidates with a Ph.D. in biology, engineering, or a related field and the following background are sought: (1) bacterial metabolism; (2) metabolic modeling; and (3) dynamic simulation and optimization.


The position is available starting September 1, 2008 for a period of one year. A six to twelve month extension is possible with satisfactory progress and availability of funds. The stipend and benefits are competitive. Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to:


Dr. Michael A. Henson


Department of Chemical Engineering

University of Massachusetts Amherst

686 N. Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA 01003-9303

Phone: 413-545-3481

Fax: 413-545-1647

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