Jobs — Employment Opportunities at CABBI

From postdoctoral and graduate student researchers, to lab technicians, to other support staff, the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation is looking for motivated team players.

Check out this page frequently for the latest position openings! Queries about job openings may be sent to CABBI Program Manager Elizabeth Murphy, eamurphy@illinois.edu.

Current Openings

CABBI Research Coordinator

CABBI is seeking a full-time Research Coordinator to support communication among CABBI scientists at Illinois and partner institutions, administer and support CABBI research processes, and assist with dissemination of CABBI research outputs.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Research Administration

  • Facilitate communication among CABBI scientists across scientific disciplines, CABBI administrative team, and other on-campus and external partners, achieved through active implementation of CABBI communication systems.
  • Work with CABBI scientists to prepare technical reports and presentations and intellectual property filings.
  • Monitor progress toward science objectives, identify and mitigate project risks, and maximize efficient use of CABBI resources.
  • Assist with data management within and among CABBI themes.
  • Coordinate compliance with campus and governmental regulatory requirements governing CABBI research, and complete necessary USDA APHIS permits and material transfer agreements.
  • As requested by the CABBI Leadership Team, assist with developing new research initiatives within CABBI or with external sponsors, and preparation for CABBI annual reviews, science planning retreats, and workshops.
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings with the members of the theme. Disseminate meeting notes and action items.

Budget Administration

  • Manage purchasing for CABBI projects at University of Illinois.
  • Help prepare annual research budgets and review monthly account statements

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education

  • Required: Bachelor’s of Science degree in biological, chemical, or engineering discipline.
  • Preferred: Master’s degree in biological, chemical, or engineering discipline.

Experience

  • Required: (Specialty factor) Two years of experience with research project management in an academic, private, or relevant public/nonprofit environment.
  • Preferred: Five years of experience with administrative management of research projects. Experience in budget and project management. Experience with scientific writing.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to multi-task in order to meet stringent deadlines while producing accurate work. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office technologies. Ability to work productively and efficiently with a diverse community of scientists. Excellent communication and organization skills.

 

SALARY AND APPOINTMENT INFORMATION:

This is a full-time Civil Service Program Coordinator position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after March 20, 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience.

 

TO APPLY:

Applications must be received by March 20, 2020. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below.  If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu.  If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

  1. Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
  2. Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.
  3. Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three references.

 

MORE PARTICULARS:

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Erica Hanson, HR Coordinator, at elhanson@illinois.edu. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.  As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

Postdocs (Illinois): Photosynthesis Research

The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an open call for postdoctoral research fellows to help engineer photosynthesis for sustainable yield increases in both food and bioenergy crops under global change conditions. The IGB serves as a cross-disciplinary melting pot, enabling team scaling from bioengineering in silico and in vivo through physiological high-throughput phenotyping to field crop performance testing.

Successful candidates will support several research efforts including:

Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the last eight years in molecular biology, mathematical modeling of biological systems, plant physiology, crop sciences, or related fields. Commitment to make a difference and to work in a team is required.

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We are now accepting applications to fill at least seven vacancies but will consider adding positions to recruit more top talent to Illinois. Lab leaders with openings include Donald R. Ort, Stephen P. Long, and Carl J. Bernacchi. Submit your CV, Research Statement, and three references to ROGUE Project Manager Yun Li at yunl68@illinois.edu. To be given full consideration, applications must be received by April 13, 2020.

The University of Illinois is a world leader in photosynthesis research and has contributed to some of the most seminal discoveries in photosynthesis. Illinois is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the traditional strengths in photosynthesis research with the emerging engineering/technological capabilities associated with genomics and DNA editing, and modeling whole plant-environment interactions.

Established in 2007, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology is an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to transformative research and technology in life sciences using team-based strategies to tackle grand societal challenges. The IGB serves as a centralized location for biological and biotechnological research at the University of Illinois.

Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Postdoc (Iowa State): Ecosystem Measurements and Modeling

Do you love being outside and also love coding? Iowa State University’s Biomass Crop Production and Physiology team (@ISUBiomass) is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate with experience in plant or environmental science, computer modeling, and project management to join our CABBI team. Our focus is on measuring and modeling ecosystem services provided by advanced energy crops and the position will be co-supervised by faculty members Emily Heaton and Andy VanLoocke.

The successful candidate will work with our team of academic and commercial partners to measure key attributes of commercial Miscanthus × giganteus fields then incorporate that information into the agroecosystem model AgroIBIS, elucidating not only ecosystem services that can be expected from M. × giganteus but also hypotheses to test for deeper mechanistic understanding of ecosystem function.

Demonstrated programming capacity is essential, as is comfort with working outdoors in field settings. Knowledge of plant and environmental science is preferred. The successful candidate will measure plant, soil, water, and atmospheric attributes throughout the year at both experimental CABBI research sites and commercial fields operated by industry partner AGgrowTech.  This work requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English as well as excellent writing skills as demonstrated by a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Please email your resume, cover letter, and contact information of three references to the heaton@iastate.edu and andyvanl@iastate.edu.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Salary will be competitive and includes benefits.

Application review will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is flexible.

Selected publications related to this position (see more by searching Google scholar for Emily Heaton and Andy VanLoocke): 

 

Modeling the Productivity of Biomass Sorghum in the Rain-Fed United States

J Bendorf, A VanLoocke, E Heaton

AGU Fall Meeting 2019

Multi-year and Multi-site Establishment of the Perennial Biomass Crop Miscanthus × giganteus Using a Staggered Start Design to Elucidate N Response

M Tejera, N Boersma, A Vanloocke, S Archontoulis, P Dixon, F Miguez, …

BioEnergy Research 12 (3), 471-483

Economic and water quality impacts of bioenergy crop expansion

A VanLoocke, EA Heaton, M Khanna, KM Ferin, S Acquah

2019 ESA Annual Meeting (August 11–16)

Perennial Vs. Annual Crops: Does Miscanthus Ã— Giganteus Always Improve Soil Health and Water Quality Compared to Zea Mays?.

JE Studt, MD McDaniel, EA Heaton

SSSA International Soils Meeting

Utilizing a cropping system model framework for subfield cost-benefit analysis of variable seeding and nitrogen application rates

G McNunn, A VanLoocke, EA Heaton, M Licht, S Archontoulis

Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 3, 108

Targeted subfield switchgrass integration could improve the farm economy, water quality, and bioenergy feedstock production

E Brandes, GS McNunn, LA Schulte, DJ Muth, A VanLoocke, EA Heaton

GCB Bioenergy 10 (3), 199-212

Postdocs (Illinois): Ecosystem Biogeochemistry

The Environmental Physiology Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking two qualified postdoctoral researchers and one full-time research technician to work on two research projects within (1) the CABBI Sustainability Theme; and (2) a newly funded project from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E). Both positions are one-year contracts renewable for at least three years.

Postdoctoral scientists with a strong background in ecosystem biogeochemistry are sought to join a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of researchers. The successful candidates will collaborate with a dynamic research team working on addressing key opportunities and challenges associated with land use change to meet growing demand for bioenergy production in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. 

The successful candidates will lead efforts in measuring gas and energy exchange between the land surface and the atmosphere using the eddy covariance technique. The experiments rely on eddy covariance for measuring carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, and energy exchanges. The candidates will work closely with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and technicians that are focusing on key aspects of ecosystem biogeochemistry, which provides a highly collaborative and engaging work environment. 

The scientific goals of this position are to resolve the fluxes associated with mass and energy exchange at ecosystem scales and to understand the mechanistic basis for how different plant functional types interact with their growth environment.  Through this primary goal, the candidates will have the opportunity to develop their own research questions while working with researchers representing scales from the microbial to the landscape. 

Qualifications: The successful postdoctoral candidate will have a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Agronomy, or a related field. Experience in techniques including micrometeorology, eddy covariance, isotopic analysis, and/or gas flux analysis are preferred, as is a proven publication record. Candidates should have great oral and written communication skills. Candidates must be willing and able to participate in field research activities including assisting with setup and maintenance of field sensors and field campaigns for ancillary data collection. 

To Apply: A cover letter, CV, and contact information for up to three references should be emailed to laborg@illinois.edu. Questions related to the positions should be addressed to bernacch@illinois.edu. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled, with flexible starting dates. Applications will be reviewed starting March 2. Salary is competitive. 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Postdoc (Florida): Plant Genome Editing and Metabolic Engineering

The Plant Molecular Physiology lab at University of Florida, headed by Professor Fredy Altpeter, is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate with experience in plant genetic engineering, molecular biology and project management to join our team. The research program focuses on designing feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts using the CABBI “plants as factories” concept.

The successful candidate will apply existing CRISPR‐Cas9 systems to validate targets for crop improvement, develop multiplex genome editing strategies and transgenic approaches for metabolic engineering, and characterize genetically modified events under controlled environment and field conditions similar in scope to our recent publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27306903http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pbi.12411/epdf; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pbi.12833/full.

Extensive background in molecular genetics is essential, including analysis of RNAseq data, design and construction of complex vectors, plant tissue culture, biolistic gene transfer, molecular and phenotypic characterization of transgenic plants. Knowledge in plant metabolism, physiology and genomic regulation is desirable. This work requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English as well as excellent writing skills as demonstrated by a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Please email your resume, cover letter, and contact information of  three references to the PI, altpeter@ufl.edu. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Salary will be competitive and includes benefits.

Application review will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is flexible.

Selected publications related to this position:

Ph.D. Student (Florida): Plant Genome Editing

The Plant Molecular Physiology lab at University of Florida, headed by Professor Fredy Altpeter, is seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student with experience in plant tissue culture and genetic engineering and molecular biology to join our team. The research program focuses on genome editing and metabolic engineering of sugarcane to improve crop performance and quality.

The successful candidate will apply existing CRISPR‐Cas9 systems to validate targets for crop improvement, develop genome editing strategies that do not leave a transgenic footprint in vegetatively propagated sugarcane, and characterize genetically modified events similar in scope to our recent publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27306903http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pbi.12411/epdf; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pbi.12833/full.

Hands-on experience with plant tissue culture and genetic transformation is essential. The ideal candidate will also be experience with vector construction, molecular and phenotypic characterization of transgenic plants. This work requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English as well as excellent writing skills as demonstrated by a strong publication record in peer reviewed journals.

Please email your resume, cover letter, GRE scores, GPA, and contact information of  three references to the PI, altpeter@ufl.edu. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Stipend will be competitive and includes benefits.

Application review will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is flexible.

Selected publications related to this position: