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Michigan State University Research Associate-Fixed Term in East Lansing, Michigan

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Back to search resultsApply nowJob no:668183

Work type:Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:Research And Innovation

Department:Great Lakes Bioenergy Researc Ctr Vprgs 10059425

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff

Salary:Salary Commensurate with Experience

Location:East Lansing

Categories:Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

A position is available for a Research Associate (Postdoc) to conduct research on isoprene and other terpene metabolism of plants and microorganisms in the laboratory of Thomas D. Sharkey. The position is funded by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and is located in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory of Thomas Sharkey.

Activities will include

  • Examining the effects of redirecting carbon flow away from isoprene toward higher order terpenes. In this collaborative project this Research Associate will:

  • Study the effects of the loss of isoprene emission using poplars engineered to stop making isoprene.

  • Study the effects of directing carbon to higher order terpenes (collaboratively with the Bjoern Hamberger Lab)

  • Test for isoprene synthesis in microorganisms. This work will include:

  • Measure activity of isoprene synthases engineered for targeting with bacterial cells (collaboratively with the Cheryl Kerfeld Lab)

  • Measure isoprene synthesis rates in bacteria with improved methyl erythritol pathway efficiency (collaboratively with Professor Amador’s lab)

  • Participation in other isoprene-related research in the lab

  • Timely publication of results

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Plant or Bacterial related discipline

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in plant or bacterial related discipline

  • Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals

  • Familiarity with standard molecular biology techniques

  • Familiarity with data management and laboratory management and safety

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in biochemistry, especially plant biochemistry

  • Gas exchange analysis

  • Large data set handling (R or Python)

Required Application Materials

Please submit:

  • a cover letter describing your interest in the work and your skills relevant to the project,

  • a current curriculum vitae,

  • contact information for three references.



Department Statement

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with Michigan State University as a primary partners, we are developing sustainable biofuels and bioproducts made from dedicated energy crops grown on marginal lands. Our mission is simple: creating biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised:Sep 9, 2020Eastern Daylight Time