Synthetic Biologist - CRISPR/Cas9 Expertise - Lemont, IL

Synthetic Biologist - CRISPR/Cas9 Expertise - Lemont, IL

Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Kelly Government Solutions offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world. We are currently seeking a Synthetic Biologist to work onsite with our client in Lemont, Illinois.

This is a postdoctoral research position open for studying secure design of engineered bacterial systems. The government client is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher for a federal project aimed at understanding how CRISPR activity is affected by bacterial cell physiology. Specifically, the interest in this project is in learning to design safeguards systems that are effective at preventing the survival of engineered organisms in various environments. The ideal candidate for this position is an individual who has a strong background in molecular microbiology and previous hands-on experience with experimental research. Specific skills in bioinformatics, next-generation sequence data analysis and automation of standard molecular biology techniques are highly appreciated but not required. The candidate will work directly with a senior microbiologist in the context of an interdisciplinary and highly collaborative team in which frequent and positive interactions with researchers in artificial intelligence, bacterial genetics, microfluidics approaches, and technicians will be needed. From a technical aspect, the candidate will design and construct CRISPR libraries and synthetic gene circuits in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas fluorescens. Libraries will be cultivated under various conditions and subjected to multiple analyses, including quantitative PCR, immunofluorescence assays, flow cytometry, and NGS sequencing. 


  • One year contract position with a potential for long-term appointment
  • 30+ hours per week
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Tremendous room for personal growth and career development
  • Opportunity to work onsite in Lemont, IL at one of the world's most prestigious science and engineering research centers



  • Construct plasmids and mutant strains, including CRISPR libraries, in E. coli and P. fluorescens
  • Carry out genome-wide activity profiles with CRISPR libraries
  • Cultivate CRISPR libraries under various physiological conditions and generate samples for a number of different analyses, including:
    • NGS sequencing
    • qPCR and RT-qPCR
    • Immunofluorescence assays
    • Flow cytometry
  • Analyze and discuss the results with project members
  • Write relevant sections of reports and publications



  • Ph.D. in Synthetic Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, or related discipline
  • Experience constructing plasmids and mutant strains
  • Experience cultivating CRISPR libraries is highly preferred
  • Expertise in Bioinformatics and/or NGS data analysis is highly preferred
  • Experience with NGS sequencing, qPCR and RT-qPCR, immunofluorescence assays, and flow cytometry
  • Ability to function as a member of an interdisciplinary and highly collaborative team
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills

About Kelly Services®

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Kelly Services is an equal opportunity employer including, but not limited to, Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, Protected Veterans, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law.

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