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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jennifer Cochran

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Cochran, Jennifer
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
Matteo Cargnello
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1 year with yearly extensions
Appointment Start Date: 
As soon as possible
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Interested candidates should send the required application materials to Jennifer Cochran ( and Matteo Cargnello ( by November 5th 2023.
Interviews will commence on a rolling basis. Applications will however be reviewed afterwards if the position has not been filled until suitable candidates are found.

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
No. The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY24 minimum is $71,650.
Pay Range: 
The FY24 minimum is $71,650

The groups of Prof. Jennifer Cochran and Prof. Matteo Cargnello in the Departments of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University are looking for a post‐doctoral scholar to participate in a project related to converting waste plastics into commodity chemicals using a combination of heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis.
The research will bridge fundamental scientific inquiry and industrially relevant systems, and will require the use of engineering techniques to develop organisms that can convert the product of plastic hydrogenolysis into commodity chemicals via biocatalysis. The research is funded through a new Stanford program in Synthetic Biology for Sustainability and by the Woods Institute for the Environment. While the primary postdoc appointment will be in the Cochran Lab, the scholar is expected to working closely in a team environment with a PhD student and other researchers to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity. Additionally, a host of tools and technologies are available across Stanford via core facilities and collaborators that can be leveraged for this research project.
We are committed to creating a diverse environment. Candidates that will contribute to diversity and with diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. 

Required Qualifications: 
  • The candidate is expected to have received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Microbiology or related fields.
  • A strong foundation in synthetic biology and microbial cell or strain engineering is ideal, with demonstrated competencies in biochemical and chemical analysis.
  • Candidates should have a passion for engineering biological solutions to sustainability, a willingness to explore radical ideas with potentially transformative impact, and a desire to publish and patent novel results.
Required Application Materials: 
  • CV
  • Research interest(s)
  • Contact information of their references (no letters at this stage are needed)


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.