Postdoctoral Position in the study of Cyanobacterial Carotenoid Proteins
A postdoctoral position is now available in the Kerfeld Group (http://www.kerfeldlab.org/) to study the cyanobacterial Orange Carotenoid Protein and its domain homologs. This position is available for either of our two locations, Michigan State University or Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The Orange Carotenoid Protein (OCP) is critical for photoprotection in cyanobacteria. By taking advantage of the recent large increase in the available genome sequence data, we have identified new families of the OCP and its domain homologs. These are found widely distributed among taxonomically and ecophysiologically diverse cyanobacterial genomes. The postdoctoral position involves structural, functional and physiological characterization of these proteins. Methods include bioinformatics, protein biochemistry, functional and structural characterization (including EM techniques, x-ray crystallography, x-ray footprinting), in vivo characterization 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. Experience in protein/cellular imaging, bioinformatics or enzyme characterization is desirable. We offer a highly stimulating interdisciplinary research environment, excellent working conditions and facilities in our labs in Michigan and in Berkeley.
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
- 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.
- PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics or related field.
To apply, send a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2019