Cornell University, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Position ID:Cornell-ChemE-POSTDOC [#21269, WDR-00030102]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Position in Laboratory of Dr. Sijin Li, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Appl Deadline:2022/04/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/02/23, finished 2022/08/01, listed until 2022/08/01)
Position Description:   URMs  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

A postdoc research position is available in the Laboratory of Dr. Sijin Li at the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University. 

Community: The Li Lab is interested in elucidating complex plant natural product biosynthetic pathways and developing genetic circuits using synthetic biology in yeast and Nicotiana benthamiana. The lab uses a combination of synthetic biology, molecular biology, plant biochemistry, metabolic engineering, and multi-omics approaches. In the Li Lab, we are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment where all lab members can thrive. We are a highly collaborative group. We work closely with engineers and plant scientists to understand the complicated plant metabolism using engineering approaches. Several of our projects are funded through the National Institutes of Health, Cornell’s Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA:, the NSF Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS:, and Cornell’s Center for Technology Licensing. The postdoctoral scholar will be encouraged to engage in cross-disciplinary research through these communities. 

Skills: Prior experience with yeast is not required. The postdoc scholar will be responsible for designing independent, hypothesis-driven projects at the interface of synthetic biology and plant sciences. The candidate is expected to contribute to a productive group setting and demonstrate the capacity to take on challenging questions, acquire new research skills, and follow through with proposed projects. The postdoctoral scholar is expected to present their results through the preparation and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts and by presenting at local and internationally-recognized conferences. The ideal candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: synthetic biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, plant specialized metabolism, genomics, or related fields. The position will remain open until filled. The start date is flexible, and current Ph.D. students who are nearing graduation are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should visit the link below and submit a research statement, CV, and contact information for three references. The research statement should clearly describe research interests, as well as skills that the candidate has to offer and skills/training experiences that they would like to acquire during their tenure as a postdoctoral scholar. A competitive salary commensurate with experience and skills, as well as a generous benefits package will be offered. 

To apply: Application materials must be submitted by April 30, 2022 online at

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Further Info:
(607) 255-6331
120 Olin Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853