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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 687229
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Cns 10032098
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 48671.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral (Research Associate) position available in plant lipid droplet biochemistry at Michigan State University in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Lundquist. We study the function and formation of plastoglobule lipid droplets of chloroplasts which are highly relevant to plant stress responses and play an active role in membrane remodeling and numerous lipid metabolic pathways. Several dozen proteins are known to specifically target and associate with the surface of the plastoglobule, however the mechanisms which underlie this remarkable specificity are unknown. The incumbent will utilize a multidisciplinary approach to identify molecular mechanisms of protein association with the plastoglobule and their remobilization within the chloroplast. Candidates with experience in plant molecular biology and biochemistry 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.


Duties of the incumbent will include gene cloning and heterologous protein expression, protein and lipid purifications, lipidomic analyses, 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.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biochemistry/Biology related field

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in biochemistry/biology-oriented field
  • Demonstrated experience with gene cloning and protein expression/purification

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Experience with lipidomic techniques such as LC- or GC-MS, thin layer chromatography, etc.

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter outlining qualifications and research experience
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of three (3) professional references with contact information

Special Instructions

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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