Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biology

New Jersey, United States
19 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
19 Sep 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Photosynthetic organisms, our planet's greatest chemists, form the foundations for human health by providing us with food, fuel, materials and drugs. Yet, our understanding of these organisms is in its infancy.

The Jonikas laboratory aims to enable advances in sustainability by developing transformative tools and resources for photosynthetic organisms.

The laboratory is spearheading efforts to place genes of photosynthetic eukaryotes into pathways on a genome-wide scale using high-throughput genetics, high-throughput protein localization and identification of protein-protein interactions. We are also advancing our understanding of the pyrenoid, a mysterious phase-separated organelle that mediates approximately one-third of global CO2 fixation. We play a leading role in an international collaboration that seeks to engineer a pyrenoid into higher plants to enhance crop yields.

A postdoctoral or more senior research position is available in the Jonikas laboratory. The successful candidate will join a highly interactive group, with strengths in cell biology, genetics, molecular biology and computational biology. The P.I. is dedicated to providing laboratory members with a nurturing training environment. Our laboratory has a strong track record of launching past postdoctoral scholars onto independent positions in academia and industry.

We welcome applications from researchers whose past experience is in other fields; we believe that diverse backgrounds make us stronger. The ideal applicant will be highly motivated have a strong academic record, research experience in genetics, molecular biology and/or computational biology, and fluent English language and writing skills.

Experience with one or more of the following is a plus: Chlamydomonas, yeast or higher plants; photosynthesis; molecular biology, large-scale cloning, high-throughput genetics, microscopy or mass spectrometry proteomics; cryoelectron microscopy or NanoSIMS.

A Ph.D is required. This position is for one year with the possibility of renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and funding. To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation at

Applications will be reviewed promptly until the position is filled.. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. More information about the laboratory can be found here: Informal inquiries are also welcome: email

No recruiters and no telephone calls please.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.