A Post-Doctoral (Research Associate) position is available in chloroplast biochemistry at Michigan State University in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Lundquist. We study the function and formation of plastoglobule lipid droplets associated with thylakoid membranes of plant chloroplasts. Plastoglobules are suggested to be major orchestrators of adaptive responses to environmental stresses in crops by facilitating remodeling of the thylakoid membrane. This USDA-funded project will employ omics approaches to establish the lipid and protein components of maize (corn) plastoglobules, their dynamic changes in response to environmental stresses, and their exchange with the thylakoid membrane. Candidates with experience in plant biochemistry/physiology or lipidomic/proteomic techniques are strongly encouraged to apply. The position will be initially for an appointment of one-year, renewable annually, contingent upon performance and availability of funding. The post-doc Research Associate will be responsible for designing and performing experiments, analyzing data, helping with manuscript and grant preparation, overseeing and training other lab personnel.
Description of duties:
Duties of the incumbent will include growth, maintenance, and physiological measurements of maize, subcellular fractionation, protein and lipid purifications, lipidomic and proteomics analyses, transmission electron microscopy, manuscript writing, and training of other lab personnel.
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.
Doctorate -Biochemistry, Biology, or related field
Ph.D. in biochemistry/biology-oriented field
Demonstrated experience with plant biochemistry and physiology research
Excellent communication and organization skills
Experience with proteomics and/or lipidomics techniques such as LC- or GC-MS, thin layer chromatography, etc.
Experience with growth and maintenance of maize is desirable but not essential
Required Application Materials
Cover Letter outlining qualifications and research experience
List of three (3) professional references with contact information
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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