Research Associate - Kerfeld Group

Location
Michigan
Salary
n/a
Posted
20 May 2019
End of advertisement period
19 Jul 2019
Ref
573551
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Position Summary

A research associate, postdoctoral, position is now available in the Kerfeld Group (http://www.kerfeldlab.org/) to study the cyanobacterial Orange Carotenoid Protein and its domain homologs. This position is available for either of our two locations, Michigan State University or Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The Orange Carotenoid Protein (OCP) is critical for photoprotection in cyanobacteria. By taking advantage of the recent large increase in the availablegenome sequence data, we have identified new families of the OCP and its domain homologs. These are found widely distributed among taxonomically and ecophysiologically diverse cyanobacterial genomes. The postdoctoral position involves structural, functional and physiological characterization of these proteins. Methods include bioinformatics, protein biochemistry, functional and structural characterization (including EM techniques, x-ray crystallography, x-ray footprinting), in vivo characterization and synthetic biology-based approaches in vitro and in E. coli.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a strong background in molecular biology and/or biochemistry who can interact collaboratively among a variety of disciplines. Experience in protein/cellular imaging, bioinformatics or enzyme characterization is desirable. We offer a highly stimulating interdisciplinary research environment, excellent working conditions and facilities in our labs in Michigan and in Berkeley.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Biop

Minimum Requirements

Qualifications and Essential Duties

PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics or related field
Demonstrated ability to independently carry out creative research with tenacity and of the highest quality standards. This includes experimental design, trouble shooting, interpretation of data and the ability to situate results in the context of the broader goals of the project and the Lab.
Prepare manuscripts for publication and assist with the development of funding proposals and patents
Experience in overexpression and purification of proteins/enzymes
Experience in genetic manipulation of microorganisms
Demonstrated ability to conduct and perform collaborative research and effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues
Ability to organize and present reports to collaborators and sponsors
Basic working knowledge of bioinformatics tools
Ability to work independently and as a team member in a diverse team environment
Experience and skill in preparing research publications
Experience in one or more of the following: synthetic biology or bioengineering, protein design, high-throughput approaches to cloning and imaging, enzymology or biophysical characterization of macromolecular complexes

Desired Qualifications

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a strong background in molecular biology and/or biochemistry who can interact collaboratively among a variety of disciplines. Experience in protein/cellular imaging, bioinformatics or enzyme characterization is desirable. We offer a highly stimulating interdisciplinary research environment, excellent working conditions and facilities in our labs in Michigan and in Berkeley.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter and CV

Website

HTTPS://WWW.PRL.MSU.EDU/

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