Application Deadline: Application deadline is June 15, 2022, but may close earlier if a suitable candidate is identified. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, applications will be reviewed immediately upon submission.

Position Start Date:  As early as August 1, 2022.

Position Details
The Erin Sparks laboratory at the University of Delaware (UD) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a 3-year project on plant synthetic biology. This project is a collaboration between UD, Iowa State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The project is directed at re-factoring and studying plant biosynthetic pathways in plant systems that usually lack expression of these pathways.

The position is located at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), a multidisciplinary research facility with world-class researchers and core facilities. The University of Delaware is located in scenic Newark, DE, an excellent geographic location within two hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. Postdoctoral salaries and fringe benefits are highly competitive.



  • PhD in biology, synthetic biology, plant biology, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in molecular biology.
  • Evidence of excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • A record of scientific publication.
  • Evidence of the ability to work independently and within a research team.

Applicants interested in open-access science, team science and research transparency are encouraged to apply.  Experience with plant root biology is preferred.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references as a single pdf to Cover letter should indicate why you are interested in the position, and how you meet the requirements outlined above.  Failure to follow these instructions will immediately disqualify your application. Additional information about the lab environment and PI expectations are outlined in the Sparks Lab website (

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