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  • 30 Jul 2015 7:11 PM | Su Lin

    A postdoctoral position is immediately available to work in a project focusing on applications of laser spectroscopy to study photo-induced electron transfer in photosynthetic reaction center proteins. The project will utilize mutagenesis and optical spectroscopic approaches, working closely with a theoretical group, to develop a dynamic model for photosynthetic electron transfer in reaction centers of the purple nonsulfur bacterium, Rhodobacter sphaeroides

    The main task of the successful candidate will be to utilize various laser spectroscopic techniques (transient absorption spectroscopy on fs to ms time scales, time-correlated single photon counting and fluorescence streak camera spectroscopy), and to apply these methods to study excited-state dynamics of photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes. The project will also involve analyzing data obtained from the spectroscopic experiments and performing kinetic modeling.

    We are looking for a creative, self-motivated researcher who has the ability and the drive to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems. Candidates must be willing and able to work with a team of scientists in biology, chemistry, and theoretical biophysics. 

    Qualifications 

    ·         A recent Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry, Biophysics, or other closely related field

    ·         Strong research background related to photochemistry and photobiology

    ·         Strong leadership ability, the ability to work creatively and independently

    ·         Excellence in written and oral communication skills as evidenced by a strong publication and presentation record

    Desired Skills

    ·         Experience with time-resolved optical spectroscopic characterization of biological/chemical samples

    ·         Knowledge of protein mutagenesis and electron transfer reaction mechanisms

    ·         Experience in the analysis of optical spectra and kinetic modeling

    Duration

    • ·         Two years, starting immediately

    Application

    Send Application and 3 reference letters to Prof. Neal W. Woodbury nwoodbury@asu.edu
  • 19 May 2015 11:12 PM | Jamey Young

    Jamey Young’s Lab at Vanderbilt University

    A postdoctoral position is available immediately to develop and test novel strategies for engineering cyanobacterial hosts for production of fuel and chemical compounds. 13C metabolic flux analysis, targeted metabolomics profiling, and molecular biology studies will be key approaches to addressing these questions. Motivation and experience will be important factors in the recruitment process. For more information about the Young laboratory, see our website: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/younglab. Interested applicants should send a current CV including the names of three references to: Dr. Jamey Young at: j.d.young@vanderbilt.edu.


  • 10 May 2015 10:34 PM | Hsiu-an Chu

    The Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, is inviting applications for research-oriented faculty positions at levels of Assistant or Associate Research Fellows (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professors). Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree plus postdoctoral training, with expertise in studies of plant-related microbial biology or plant-microbe interactions. Successful candidates will receive excellent starter funds followed by annual intramural support.

    Academia Sinica, the foremost academic institution in Taiwan, comprises 31 world-class research institutes/centers and provides active research environment with state-of-the-art resources. The Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology is a premier research institute with focused studies on functioning of plant and microbial biology (http://ipmb.sinica.edu.tw/index.html/?language=en). English is the official language in scientific seminars. Proficiency in Chinese language is not essential but basic communication skill will be helpful.

    The application folder should include 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research accomplishments, and 4) future research plans. The application folder (in PDF format) and, separately, three letters of recommendation should be sent via email to:

    Dr. Erh-Min Lai, chair of Search Committee

    c/o Ms. Christine Hsing (email: chsing@gate.sinica.edu.tw)

    Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica

    128, Sec 2, Academia Rd, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan 11529

  • 10 Mar 2015 12:52 AM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)
    The Basic Algal Biology program at Synthetic Genomics Inc., is recruiting multiple Ph.D. level candidates to support our studies in fundamental algal photobiology, physiology, genomics, and genetic engineering.
     
    At Synthetic Genomics, Inc., we are dedicated to developing genomic-driven solutions to address global challenges.  The Basic Algal Biology program is a long-term partnership with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering which is focused on developing refinery feedstocks using photosynthetic algae.  Now in our sixth year, the program continues to make significant scientific progress and recently, to expand its budget.  In addition to a very solid team of 20+ algal biologists, the Basic Algal Biology program capitalizes on SGIs’ world-class expertise in bioinformatics, next-gen sequencing, synthetic biology, and analytical chemistry.
     
    I am writing to you to solicit candidates who you could recommend to fill three open positions in our program.  We are searching for strong candidates with Ph.D. level training in Phycology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, and related fields with 0-5 years of relevant postdoctoral or industrial experience.  Specifically we ask for your help in identifying individuals with expertise in:
     
    1.       Photosynthetic light reactions.  Measurement, dynamics, interpretation and manipulation photosynthetic light reactions.  As we continue to work on optimizing light use efficiency of mass algal cultures, specific expertise in the light reactions of photosynthesis is crucial
    2.       Generalized photosynthesis.  From the initial processes of capturing light energy, through the light-independent carbon fixation reactions, and ultimately to the storage of the resulting products.   We are interested in candidates with expertise in all the processes involved in photosynthesis
    3.       Synthetic biology, genomics, and metabolic engineering of eukaryotic algae.  Virtually all aspects of research in the Basic Algal Biology are rooted in ultimately manipulating the biology of photoautotrophs.  Candidates with strong backgrounds in algal biotechnology are of particularly interest.

    There are many advantages to working at Synthetic Genomics and specifically in the Basic Algal Biology program.  The Basic Algal Biology collaboration has solid support from both SGI and ExxonMobil.  SGI continues to attract both partners and funding to support the expanded applications of our core technologies. We have a very strong team of scientists, infrastructure, and funding which make rapid advances possible. In addition to a solid scientific foundation, SGI has an enjoyable work environment and located in La Jolla, CA we are lucky to live and work in a vibrant city and beautiful climate.

    Candidates are encouraged to respond to me directly as well as to find out more information at the Careers section of our website (http://www.syntheticgenomics.com/careers/).  Thank you in advance for your attention.

  • 17 Feb 2015 1:08 AM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)
    Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology

    Applications are invited to apply for Lectureship/Senior Lectureship position in the Plant Cell and Molecular Biology in Division of Cell and Molecular Biology. You will join a team of Cell and Molecular Biologists, Structural Biologists and Biophysicists and preferably strengthen our research related to the studies of the photosynthetic membrane. You may contribute to existing themes on light harvesting, thylakoid membrane structure, electron transport, adaptations of the light phase of photosynthesis. Applications in the fields of molecular biology of the photosynthetic membrane of eukaryotes and genetic manipulation techniques are particularly encouraged. The successful candidates will have outstanding research track record and will be expected to develop world-class, externally funded research programmes. These appointments would be appropriate for an individual with an exceptional lead. Additional expansion in staff numbers within the Cell & Molecular Biology Division is anticipated over the next three years as a result of a new strategy developed to further enhance and expand the photosynthesis research at Queen Mary. A competitive remuneration package and start-up funds are negotiable.
    The post is full time and permanent starting in June 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary will be in the range of £38,197 - £47,559 for Lecturers and £50,267 - £56,185 for Senior Lecturers; per annum and will be in accordance with the appointment level, subject to experience and qualifications. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, childcare vouchers scheme, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.
    Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.


  • 17 Feb 2015 1:07 AM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)

    School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
    Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in Structural Cell and Molecular Biology
    Queen Mary University of London
    Ranked very highly in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Queen Mary is one of the largest colleges in the University of London and one of the UK's leading research-intensive institutions, joining the Russell Group in 2012. The College has made a strategic commitment to world-class research and teaching across all its disciplines. Within Queen Mary, the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and expanding academic unit, which provides a supportive and friendly environment and encourages interdisciplinary research. We are embarking on a 5 year programme of recruitment to invest in the acknowledged strengths in the school and advance its areas of internationally-competitive activity. The School extends from Chemistry, through all aspects of Biology to Psychology. We have strong links with other Schools within the Faculty as well as with Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The school is also embarking on an exciting joint venture with Nanchang University.

    Applications are invited to apply for Lectureship/Senior Lectureship position in the Structural Cell Biology in Division of Cell and Molecular Biology. You will join a team of cell and molecular biologists, structural biologists and biophysicists and preferably strengthen our research related to bioenergetics and photosynthesis. You may contribute to existing themes on light harvesting, thylakoid membrane structure, electron transport, adaptations of the light phase of photosynthesis. Applications in the fields of such as electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, high-resolution optical microscopy of the photosynthetic macrostructures and the thylakoid membrane of eukaryotes are particularly encouraged. The QM Nanovision center facilities that include Jeol 1230 and 2010 electron microscopes are currently available. In the near future those will be upgraded by cryoelectron microscopy capabilities, single particle analysis and low-dose camera systems under supervision of Dr John Nield. The successful candidates will have outstanding research track record and will be expected to develop world-class, externally funded research programmes. This appointment would be appropriate for an individual with an exceptional lead. Additional expansion in staff numbers within the Cell & Molecular Biology Division is anticipated over the next three years as a result of a new strategy developed to further enhance and expand the photosynthesis research at Queen Mary. A competitive remuneration package and start-up funds are negotiable.
    The post is full time and permanent starting in June 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary will be in the range of £38,197 - £47,559 for Lecturers and £50,267 - £56,185 for Senior Lecturers; per annum and will be in accordance with the appointment level, subject to experience and qualifications. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, childcare vouchers scheme, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.
    Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.
    For further information about the School, please visit the School’s website on:http://www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk
    To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on http://www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk and search for reference number QMUL1668
    Application enquiries should be directed to recruitment@qmul.ac.uk
    Applicants must include their CV and a two page summary of their proposed research at Queen Mary University of London.

  • 22 Oct 2014 12:09 PM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)

    Arizona State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and School of Life Sciences

    The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) seek to fill a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with expertise in the area of photosynthesis. Rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience. The anticipated start date is August 2015. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous externally-funded research program at ASU with significant national and international recognition, teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participate in professional and University service. Particular attention will be given to applicants with records of excellence in research in (but not limited to): systems biology and/or synthetic biology of phototrophs, metabolic engineering, biofuels and renewable energy, regulation of photosynthetic systems, phototrophic microbial communities, artificial photosynthesis and photochemistry. A competitive start-up package and teaching load compatible with high research productivity will be provided.

    The initial application deadline is Friday, December 5th, 2014. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a weekly basis until the search is closed.

    Applications must be submitted through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website at https://chem-webtools.asu.edu/JobApps/.
    A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis protected by law. http://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. Please visit ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at: http://www.asu.edu/titleIX/

    For more details and to apply, please visit this link and follow the instructions.

  • 22 Oct 2014 12:03 PM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)

    The School of Integrative Biology and the Department of Plant Biology at
    the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seek an outstanding
    individual working in the broadly defined fields of
    bioengineering/synthetic biology/biochemistry, with interest in devising
    novel strategies and using cutting-edge technologies to improve
    photosynthetic performance and efficiency of plants. Research areas of
    interest in reengineering photosynthesis include, but are not limited to:
    carboxylation chemistry and redesign, synthetic assembly of new
    photosynthetic processes, installing microbial pathways into plants, and
    systems engineering of extant photosynthetic metabolism and pathways. The
    appointment is for a full-time, nine-month Assistant, Associate or Full
    Professor. Full consideration will be given to applications received by
    December 1, 2014. For complete details see this page:
    http://go.illinois.edu/Photosynthesis

    Illinois is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu)

  • 23 Sep 2014 11:26 AM | Eunice Hoeve

    MSU-DOE PLANT RESEARCH LABORATORY

    Michigan State University

    East Lansing, MI 48824

    http://www.prl.msu.edu

    Director Position

    Applications for the position of

    Director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University are invited from scientists with an outstanding record of research achievement in the study of photosynthetic organisms. We are especially seeking individuals with research interests that complement existing strengths at the Plant Research Laboratory (PRL). The successful candidate will maintain an active research program, provide scientific leadership and oversee the administration of the PRL. Accordingly, we seek applicants that value and are fluent in both basic and applied research on photosynthetic organisms and have a desire to participate in the formulation and implementation of research activities in these areas. Particular consideration will be given to individuals who will support training in and nourish interdisciplinary approaches that address fundamental biological questions relevant to energy flow between photon capture and the deposition of energy-rich molecules.

    The PRL, with significant and long-standing funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, provides an excellent environment for creative research. Michigan State University provides a stimulating atmosphere with world-class colleagues and facilities and an exceptional breadth and depth in the study of photosynthetic organisms. The PRL Director will be appointed as a tenured professor in an appropriate academic department.

    Application materials must include a statement of interest highlighting specific strengths related to this position including accomplishments, research interests, broader impacts, future plans, funding history, commitment to diversity and previous administrative experience. Include also a curriculum vitae and names of three references (who will not be contacted without your permission). All materials should be assembled into one PDF and uploaded to https://jobs.msu.edu (position #0147). To ensure full consideration, materials should be received by November 1, 2014 but the position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to

    prlsrch@msu.edu.

    MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and we endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

  • 16 Jul 2014 1:40 PM | Anonymous


    Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

    Salary:   £28,132 to £30,728

    Full Time Fixed Term for 3 years

    Closing Date:   Sunday 10 August 2014
    Reference:  430914HN

    We are looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join a large multi-national (US/UK-funded) project to work toward developing cyanobacteria for energy production.  We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly skilled individual to provide research leadership and co-ordination of this project within the context of the wider group. 
    The efficiency with which solar energy is ultimately converted into usable ‘fuel’ is currently limiting the potential biotechnological application of many photosynthesis systems.  In this project, 7 multidisciplinary research groups in the UK and US, covering photosynthetic physiology, molecular and synthetic biology and electrochemistry, are working together toward increasing the potential efficiency with which cyanobacterial cells convert light energy into useful products.
    We are seeking a motivated candidate to join this integrated project and work specifically on the characterization and development of alternative photosynthetic pathways in cyanobacteria.  The successful candidate will have demonstrable skills in advanced molecular biology techniques, including generation of knockout mutations and gene expression analysis, ideally with a focus on the study of cyanobacterial photosynthesis. Knowledge or experience in photosynthetic physiology, synthetic biology and/or bioinformatics will be advantageous.


    This post is suitable for molecular biologists, biochemists or physiologists with a strong background in studying photosynthetic systems and is available from the start of September 2014.


    For additional information/informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Tom Bibby,
    tsb@noc.soton.ac.uk
     

    Application procedure
    You should submit your completed online application form at
    www.jobs.soton.ac.uk If you need any assistance with this, please contact Carol Read on +44 (0) 23 8059 3649. Please quote 430914HN on all correspondence.

    Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application.
    You should also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly by your referees to: Tom Bibby,
    tsb@noc.soton.ac.uk

     

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