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

Lab Tech (Illinois): Function and Expression of Photosynthetic Proteins in Bioenergy Crops

CABBI is looking for a full-time Research Laboratory Technician to conduct laboratory work on the function and expression of photosynthetic proteins in C4 bioenergy crops.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Technical Research

  • Processing plant tissue for RNA and protein analysis (including protein isolation and immunoblot analysis, RNA isolation and gene expression analysis).
  • Biochemical measurements (mainly, but not limited to, Rubisco activation and characterization, leaf starch, carbohydrate and soluble sugar analysis).
  • Physiological measurements (mainly, but not limited to, photosynthesis, chlorophyll fluorescence and transpiration, with concurrent tissue sampling).

Research Administration

  • Keep detailed written reports of these experiments, and archive data obtained.
  • Undertake data entry, processing, and statistical analysis of the gathered data, and provide written summaries of these statistical analyses.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Required: B.S. degree in biochemistry, physiology, biology or other related disciplines.
  • Preferred: M.S. degree in biochemistry, physiology, biology or other related disciplines.

Experience

  • Required: Laboratory research including adherence to safety protocols and understanding of current research methodologies.
  • Preferred: Two years’ biochemical research.

Training, Licenses or Certifications

  • Required: Ability to work with radiation (14C) and obtain radiation safety permit.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Background in biochemistry.
  • Ability to work independently but also as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with radiation (14C) and obtain radiation safety permit. 
  • Well-developed active listening and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with computers, especially Excel MSOffice.
  • Ability to maintain written records.
  • Willingness to learn and in turn train others.
  • Proactive in problem solving; self-sufficient.
  • Preferred: Knowledge of RNA and protein extraction, SDS-PAGE gel electrophoresis, and immunoblotting; knowledge in statistics and experimental designs, and supporting software; knowledge in operating plant physiology-related equipment.

 

MORE DETAILS

Salary

  • Commensurate with experience and qualifications 

Appointment Status

  • Full-time academic professional, grant-supported appointment renewable annually pending continued funding and satisfactory progress within the position; qualified individuals will be eligible to receive vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement through the State Universities Retirement System; and group health, dental, vision and life insurance. 

Start Date

  • As soon as possible after the close date 

Applications must be received by Dec. 9, 2019. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details qualifications noted above, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For further information, please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, elhanson@illinois.edu. For technical questions, please contact Michael Ponte at ponte1@illinois.edu.

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: