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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Plant Research Laboratory Nat Science 10032674
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Bacterial microcompartments are organelles composed entirely of protein that enable bacteria to use diverse substrates in nutritionally poor environments, thereby contributing to fitness.  Our group is interested in both fundamental studies of their functional diversity, and their re-design for metabolic engineering, synthetic cells and therapeutics.

The postdoctoral position involves protein/enzyme biochemistry, functional and structural characterization (including EM techniques, x-ray crystallography, x-ray footprinting), 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.

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, molecular biology, biophys

Minimum Requirements

Qualifications and Essential Duties

  • 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

Desired Qualifications

  • 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.

Required Application Materials

To apply, send cover letter and CV to 

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