A Research Associate (Post-Doc) position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas V. O’Halloran in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. The project involves evaluation of inorganic phenotypes, metal ion receptors and regulatory roles of metal ion fluxes on cell cycle progression in microbes as well as plant and animal tissues. Several studies will focus on the zinc physiology of cells involved in plant and animal reproduction. In addition, this position will also involve work on collaborative projects in NIH and foundation-based center grants at MSU, Northwestern, and Argonne National Labs.
The applicant must have a PhD in the area of biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology or a related field with a strong background in bioinorganic physiology. Strong quantitative and communication skills are required. The applicant is expected to design and conduct experiments independently, and direct technicians and laboratory research personnel. Strong analytical and writing skills are required as the position requires public presentations, as well as proposal and manuscript preparation. Experience working with animals is desirable.
The position is available immediately. This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position with reappointment contingent on satisfactory performance and available funding.
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, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Doctorate -Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry
The applicant must have research experience in biology appropriate for work in a Biosafety Level 2 lab and hold a PhD in a field related to Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, or related field. Co-authorship of peer reviewed scientific publications is required.
Experience in several of the following areas is desired: chemical synthesis, elemental analysis, reproductive, mammalian cell biology, chemical biology, animal models, microbiology, microscopy and/or molecular biology. Experience with advanced confocal, ICP-MS or electron microscopy instruments as well as experience working with animals desired.
Strong writing, presentation and leadership skills, as well as the ability to work well in a team, are additional important qualities in a successful applicant.
Required Application Materials
Interested applicants should send a cover letter explaining your scientific interests, qualifications, career goals and a description of prior research, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references.
Summary of Health Risks
Exposure to human blood, serum and tissue typical of work with animals or microbial cells. Work may involve animals, unfixed animal tissue or chemicals involved in synthesis of fluorescent probes. Risks that have been identified by Environmental Health and Safety Wear a Respirator.
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