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  • 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
    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. Please visit ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at:

    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:

    Illinois is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled (

  • 23 Sep 2014 11:26 AM | Eunice Hoeve


    Michigan State University

    East Lansing, MI 48824

    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 (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

    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 | Thomas Bibby

    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,

    Application procedure
    You should submit your completed online application form at 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,


  • 18 Apr 2014 5:58 AM | Min Chen


    REFERENCE NO. 592/0314

    The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7300 permanent staff, supporting over 50,000 students.

     Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A)/Research fellow (Level B) to join an Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Translational Photosynthesis – University of Sydney node lead by Associate Professor Min Chen.

     The centre seeks to develop and harness advances in photosynthesis research, crop bioengineering, plant phenomics and computational tools to realise increased and sustainable crop yields. The University of Sydney node will focus in improving light energy capture through following research projects:

    • ·       studying antenna complex from different photosynthetic organisms to understand how they vary their ability to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum
    • ·       developing pathways to incorporate novel chlorophyll molecules such as chlorophyll f into light harvesting complexes to extend the solar spectrum available for photosynthesis
    • ·       developing approaches to manipulate the size of light antenna, to redistribute light absorption within leaves and the crop canopy.

     You will develop pathway to modify the photopigment composition of light harvesting complexes for extending the solar spectrum in order to improve the efficiency. You will also develop approach to manipulate the size of light antenna, to redistribute light absorption with leaves and the crop canopy under the supervision of Associate Professor Min Chen, as part of ARC CoE for Translational Photosynesis including other researchers from Australian National University, University of Queensland, University of West Sydney and CSIRO Plant Industry.

     You will identify candidate genes encoding the enzymes involved in the formation of red-shifted chlorophylls f and d and express the integral cyanobacterial chlorophyll antenna protein in higher plants in order to bind red-shifted chlorophylls. You will also investigate mechanisms regulating the amounts of light-harvesting complexes, and optimise the expression of cyanobacterial antenna complexes in higher plants.

     To be successful in this position you will have:

    ·       a PhD in Plant Biochemistry/Plant Molecular Biology or in a relevant field

    ·       a demonstrated ability in an area of photosynthesis related to the research projects

    ·       experience in the use of research methodologies relative to investigate genes encoding enzymes, chlorophyll antenna protein, and preferably in cyanobacteria

    ·       experience in high quality publication of research papers

    ·       excellent written and verbal communication skills

    ·       organisation and administrative skills

    ·       the ability to work well both autonomously and as part of a team.

     Knowledge of photosynthesis light-harvesting and reactions and their co-factors is desirable, as are skills in Molecular spectrum, HPLC, and DNA/RNA, genetic technology in plants.

     The positions are full-time fixed term for three years, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. The positions may be extended subject to funding and need.

     Remuneration package: up to $127K (consisting of a base salary Level A/B of $80K-$108K, leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation). Level of appointment will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Visa sponsorship and some relocation support will be provided if required.

     All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

    CLOSING DATE: 14 May 2014 (11.30pm Sydney time)


    The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged. The University of Sydney has also established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution. Applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.


    © The University of Sydney

  • 07 Jan 2014 12:00 AM | A. W. Rutherford



    Research Associate (Photoactivation)


    Salary scale: £32,750 - £41,540 per annum


    We are seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work in Professor A William Rutherford’s research team in the Department of Life Sciences at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London (


    The post holder will be working on the structural and mechanistic aspects of photosynthetic electron transfer and will contribute to producing independent and original research within the group. The post holder will aid in the submission of publications to refereed journals and will also help with the teaching and administration of the research group.


    Applicants must hold a PhD in biochemistry, microbiology, structural biology, or equivalent qualifications and experience. Applicants with a more chemical or physical background (for example in bioinorganic chemistry) will also be considered. It is essential for the post holder to have a successful track record in academic publications, the capacity for innovative high quality research on photosynthesis and strong interest in electron transfer, proton transfer and molecular enzymology. Knowledge and experience of photosystem II, spectroscopic methods and metals in biology are desirable. Experience of cyanobacterial photosystems and research experience in structural and/or mechanistic bioenergetics covering photosynthetic electron transfer is desirable.


    You must have creative approach to problem-solving, be able to develop and apply new concepts and have ability to prioritise work in response to deadlines. You must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. A willingness to travel within the United Kingdom and abroad to conduct research, to collect X-ray data from synchrotrons and to attend conferences/workshops and other meetings is essential.


    This full-time position is available for 21 months in the first instance.


    For informal enquiries please contact Professor A William Rutherford


    Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number, including spaces – NS 2013 272 IL - into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed.


    Should you have any queries about the application process please contact us by email at and refer the job reference number.



    Closing date: 7 January 2014 (Midnight GMT)



    Committed to equality and valuing diversity.  We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Two Ticks Employer.

  • 07 Jan 2014 12:00 AM | A. W. Rutherford




    Research Associate (Towards a Nitroplast)


    Salary scale:  £32,750 - £41,540 per annum

    Maximum starting salary: £34,500 per annum


    Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. The project is to investigate the possibility developing cyanobacterial-type nitrogen fixation in plants. The long-term objective is to re-engineer algal and (crop) plant plastids for N2 fixation.  This position is based at South Kensington Campus in London and is available for a period of up to three years.



    The post holder will be involved in several aspects of the project including characterisation of the photosystems in heterocysts, some molecular biology/bioinformatics and characterisation of engineered strains of cyanobacteria. You will also have the unique opportunity of work closely with members of the multi-disciplinary international team, including researchers from Imperial College London, University of Glasgow, and US collaborators at the Carnegie Institute Stanford, Pennsylvania State and MIT who specialise in bioenergetics, biophysics, synthetic biology and systems biology.



    You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a biochemical-related subject. A doctoral degree (or equivalent) in bioenergetics or microbiology related subject would be desirable. Good knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology or related discipline is essential. You must also have knowledge and experience in bioenergetics, biochemistry and molecular biology and a successful track record of academic publications in international journals. Experience of working on photosynthetic electron transfer and N2 fixation would be an advantage. Experience with culturing cyanobacteria and experience of molecular enzymology and/or bioinorganic chemistry are also desirable.



    You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. You must also be self-motivated, have a creative approach to problem-solving, work autonomously and show initiative with research.  The ability to follow protocols, learn new techniques in a precise and skilled manner, develop and apply new concepts and prioritise your work in response to deadlines are all essential. You must be open-minded and cooperative and be willing to work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary international team.  You will be expected to travel within the United Kingdom and abroad to conduct research, to attend conferences, workshops and other meetings.



    Informal enquires can be made directly to Professor A.W. Rutherford (, and Dr James Murray (



    Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number, including spaces – NS 2013 274 IL - into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed.



    Should you have any queries about the application process please contact by email at and refer the job reference number.



    Closing date: 7 January 2014 (Midnight GMT)



    Committed to equality and valuing diversity.  We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Two Ticks Employer.



  • 14 Sep 2013 12:33 AM | Shinji Masuda
    ELSI aims to answer the fundamental questions of how the Earth was formed, how life originated in the environment of early Earth, and how this life evolved into complexity.  

    ELSI will pursue these questions by studying the "origin and evolution of life" and the "origin and evolution of the Earth" through an interdisciplinary collaboration between the fields of Earth, Life, and Planetary Sciences.  By understanding the early Earth context that allowed for the rise of initial life, we will also contribute to a greater understanding of the likelihood of extraterrestrial life in our solar and exosolar systems.

    ELSI is a young and innovative institute (launched Dec. 2012) with a vision to become a world-leading interdisciplinary research hub for Origins of Earth and Life studies.  In order to succeed in this mission, ELSI seeks to assemble a team of talented, highly motivated individuals from around the world who wish to pursue original research and also actively engage in cross-disciplinary discussions and synergistic research projects.  ELSI as a young institute will provide a unique opportunity for those who wish to play a contributing role in the direction and development of an exciting new research institute.  

    ELSI will provide the environment and assistance necessary to support this endeavor.

    The ELSI Research Scientist positions provide highly flexible connections to ELSI Principal Investigators or research groups.  A research fund of at least JPY 0.5 million/year up to JPY 1.0 million/year will be available to each scholar.

    Tokyo is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world.  ELSI is situated in the Meguro Ward of Tokyo, with convenient and quick train access to all major city centers and attractions.  ELSI has experienced staff who are dedicated to providing full relocation assistance to ease the transition to Japan, including help with immigration procedures, housing, health care, and all other basic needs.

    We welcome all qualified candidates, regardless of nationality or gender.  We encourage and support our candidates' close collaborations with overseas research institutes.  Our institutional language is English; Japanese language skills are not required.

    Research Fields:

    Scientific fields related to research themes pursued at ELSI include but are not limited to:
    _ Formation of the Earth
    _ Early Earth environment and evolution
    _ Deep Earth properties and dynamics
    _ Solar system exploration
    _ Formation and characterization of exoplanets
    _ Abiotic chemical evolution
    _ Origin of Life
    _ Early biological evolution
    _ Bacterial ecology
    _ Metagenomics
    _ High performance computing
    _ Bioinformatics


    ELSI Research Fellows must hold a Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field at the time of appointment.

    Number of Openings:

    Up to 20 positions are offered in the present recruitment.

    Place of Work:

    Earth-Life Science Institute
    Tokyo Institute of Technology
    2-12-1-IE-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku
    Tokyo 152-8550, Japan

    Starting Date:

    January 1, 2014 or earliest possible date thereafter, preferably no later than September 2014.  Please discuss with us if this schedule poses potential problems.

    Period of Employment:

    Three years, with a possible extension to five based on performance.

    Salary and Benefits:

    Salary: JPY 4,800,000 to JPY 7,000,000 per year depending on experience, including social insurance, taxes, and all allowances (commuting, housing, etc.).

    Bonus and retirement allowances are not provided. The following social insurance is covered:
    _ Medical and dental insurance called "Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mutual Society of Health Insurance" ("Monbukagakusho Kyousai Kumiai" in Japanese.)
    _ Employment Insurance ("Koyou Hoken")
    _ Worker's Accident Compensation Insurance ("Rosai Hoken")

    Application Procedure:

    Step (1): Submit an application through ELSI's public position offering page:
    The application should include the following:
    _ Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    _ Publication list with your three most important papers marked clearly.  The list may include conference talks and other relevant information.
    _ A statement of research interests and plans that specifically addresses intended contributions to the origin and early evolution of Life and/or Earth studies.  (Please limit the length to 3 pages.)
    _ Contact information for three people who will provide letters of recommendation (name, email address, affiliation and position.)

    Step (2): After sending your application, please ask three different individuals to submit letters of recommendation via e-mail to:

    Step (3): Applicant screening begins only after Steps (1) and (2) above are completed.  Based on the submitted materials, ELSI's review board will determine whether to proceed to the next step, which will be an interview.

    Step (4): Interview.  We will contact you to arrange the dates and travel details.  If you cannot travel to ELSI for an interview, we can arrange to conduct one over Skype or other means.

    Step (5): Announcement of decision.  If ELSI offers you a position, we will begin discussions with you regarding starting details.

    If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact us by email and we will get back to you. Contact:

    Deadline for Application:

    Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

  • 10 Sep 2012 7:53 AM | Tomas Polivka

    The postdoctoral project will be carried out in the femtosecond laboratory of the Institute of Physics and Biophysics. The lab focuses on application of femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy to study ultrafast processes in various systems. The main task of the successful candidate will be to further develop methods of ultrafast spectroscopy and to apply these methods to studies of excited-state dynamics of isolated photosynthetic pigments and photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes. The postdoc will expand the current experimental set-up to a pump-dump-probe scheme allowing active manipulation of excited-state populations through multipulse excitation of samples. Integral part of the postdoctoral project will be also development of approaches to analyze data obtained from the multipulse experiments. Besides the scientific work, the postdoc will be also partly involved in teaching (special courses, summer schools etc.).

    Duration:                       30 months

    Starting date:                 October-December 2012

    Application deadline:      September 26, 2012

    Contact person:             prof. Tomas Polivka (


    Selection Procedure

    Eligibility criteria

    • 1.     Ph.D. in Physics/Chemistry obtained not earlier than March 29, 2008
    • 2.     Good knowledge of English (CAE or equivalent)
  • 04 Sep 2012 3:42 AM | Oliver Mueller-Cajar

    Positions are available for enthusiastic and driven students to join the laboratory of Oliver Mueller-Cajar at the School of Biological Sciences/ Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The laboratory aims to mechanistically describe the biochemistry of proteins involved in photosynthetic CO2 fixation. This will set the stage for future applications aiming to improve the photosynthetic efficiency of crop plants and other systems powered by the sun.


    BSc. (Hons.), M.S. in biochemistry, molecular biology, organic chemistry or equivalent.

    Experience with molecular cloning, recombinant protein production, protein purification and/or structural biology techniques will be preferred.

    Please send CV and cover letter to

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