A Post-Doctoral (Research Associate) position is available in chloroplast biochemistry at Michigan State University in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Lundquist. We are looking for a candidate to study the recruitment and function of proteins localized to the plastoglobule, a lipid-protein particle of chloroplasts and other plastid sub-types. Plastoglobules are highly relevant to plant stress responses and play an active role in thylakoid membrane remodeling and numerous lipid metabolic pathways. While it has been suggested that there is a core proteome of about 30 proteins localized to the plastoglobule, evidence indicates additional proteins are selectively recruited to the plastoglobule under specific conditions. The incumbent will utilize protein expression, affinity-purifications (e.g. co-IP and pull-downs), proteomics, and sub-organellar fractionation to identify determinants of plastoglobule protein targeting. Candidates with experience in plant molecular biology and plant 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.
PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology or related field
Demonstrated experience with protein biochemistry and gene cloning
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience with one or more of the following: affinity-purification mass spectrometry, organelle fractionation, heterologous protein expression, plant transformation (stable or transient)
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
Cover Letter presenting qualifications
Contact information for two or more references
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Please submit application materials at the MSU job posting webpage, by following the external link: http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/499996/research-associatefixed-term
Internal Number: 533594
About Michigan State University
The Lundquist Lab is in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology department and the Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.
Michigan State University boasts one of the premier plant research environments in the world, spanning molecular to ecosystem levels in basic and applied plant science. Benefit from the critical mass of research and facilities at MSU for the advancement of your research career.
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