And… Synthetic Biology in Space!

April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Applications are invited for an experienced research scientist to join NASA Ames in defining the field of Space Synthetic Biology.  Building on decades of cutting edge scientific achievements, NASA Ames Research Center is creating a new, interdisciplinary, research effort to use synthetic biology as an enabling technology to explore our solar system.

NASA recently established a new Space Synthetic Biology Project at NASA Ames Research Center that has been funded to perform breakthrough research to harness biology to create reliable, robust, engineered systems.  These systems will support NASA’s exploration and science missions, improve life on Earth, and help shape NASA’s future. With the promise of engineered biology on Earth within reach, the Space Synthetic Biology Project aims to develop advanced technologies for Synthetic Biology applications in space.

NASA Ames Research Center is seeking to hire an experienced research scientist to develop a new, high profile interdisciplinary Space Synthetic Biology research effort and play a key role in defining this exciting new field for NASA.  We are seeking researchers who will create advances in both enabling biological technologies and foundational tools tomake biological systems easier to engineer for applications in biological life support and/or in-situ resource utilization for the production of food, biomaterials and resource extraction.  You will have the opportunity to collaborate with our current partners including University of California Santa Cruz, Stanford, and the Venter Institute. This is a full time, permanent position, which includes a highly competitive start-up package.

In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for further developing NASA’s partnership with its University Affiliated Research Center managed by the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).  Within the appropriate responsibilities of this NASA position, an official assignment to interact with UCSC faculty and students as an Adjunct Professor will be pursued for the successful candidate.  This official assignment may allow the candidate to participate in teaching courses and further develop collaborations with UCSC scientists in support of NASA’s mission.

At NASA, your research could change our world and enable exploration of new ones.

US Citizenship is required.

Interested applicants should apply directly to USAJobs to vacancy AR12B0018 at:

NASA Ames Research Center does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race,color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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