the environmental research center's (erc) at the us air force academy primary mission is to support the air force office of scientific research (afosr) basic research program through faculty and cadet research efforts. The united states air force academy has a long-term vision to establish a multi-year alternative energy program of planning, research and infrastructure investment which started in 2009. The vision involves a mix of research and alternative energy production facilities in solar electric, biofuels, waste-to-methane and other conservation efforts. Given the recent high interest in the use of microalgae in alternative fuels production, our erc has started a biofuels research program. The biofules researcher will aide in developing photosynthetic, growth, and biomass properties of certain microalgae for the purposes of optimizing algal oils production. Research efforts will focus on strain selection/cultivation to improve the overall yield of oils in microalgal mass cultures, in concert with developing novel extraction processes to increase oil harvest yields.
Required skills and knowledge
phd in biochemistry or related field.
Us citizenship required
research background in applied algal biochemistry, physiology and lipid biosynthesis.
Ability to lead and guide a team of laboratory technicians and students, produce reports and other materials to disseminate research results, assist other scientists.
Must have a good working knowledge of laboratory analytical equipment.+10 Other Responses
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in terms of biofuels,concerns about the possible impact on food supply and prices arise.It would be hard to scale the process that transforms these materials into ethanol efficiently and economically.However,microbes found in panda feces may give the process the head start it needs to become a viable option.Could the microbes found in the fecal contributions of giant pandas at the memphis zoo be the answer to sustainable fuels?
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