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 Ank Michielsen, michiels@illinois.edu.

Current Openings

Postdoc (Illinois): Economic, Biophysical, and Hydrological Analysis for Sustainability

An exciting opportunity is available as a postdoctoral research associate for the CABBI Sustainability Theme. The postdoc will lead research that links economic models with biophysical and hydrological models to understand the economic incentives for producing advanced biofuel crops under risk and uncertainty, the design of contractual arrangements and policies to promote advanced biofuels and bioproducts and their implications for land use and the environment, including, carbon mitigation and water quality.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Energy Economics, Operations Research, or related field and experience in computational modeling, econometrics and spatial analysis. Expertise in using programming software and GIS as well as interest in water resource economics, life-cycle carbon analysis, and policy analysis are desirable. Excellent communication skills and an interest in working with interdisciplinary researchers will be among the selection criteria. The position is available for starting at the earliest after Jan. 1, 2018, for two to three years based on satisfactory performance. Queries about the position should be directed to Agricultural and Consumer Economics Professor Madhu Khanna, khanna1@illinois.edu.

Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. within the past five years and/or by start date. Applicants who meet all the criteria should send the following materials in a single pdf file by email to CABBI Sustainability Research Coordinator Anya Knecht, knecht2@illinois.edu, with postdoc application in the subject line: (1) curriculum vita; (2) a letter describing research interests and experience; and (3) names and contact information for three references.

Review of complete applications will begin Jan. 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

This position offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits; more information on medical and other benefits can be found at http://www.uillinois.edu/about/policies.cfm. The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer: www.inclusiveillinois.illnois.edu.

Postdoc (Illinois): Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions in Nitrogen Cycling

A Microbial Ecology postdoctoral position is available in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as part of the CABBI Sustainability Theme, which will develop the predictive capability to determine which feedstock combinations, regions and land types, market conditions, and biofuels and bioproducts have the potential to support the ecologically and economically sustainable displacement of fossil fuels.

The successful candidate will support research on plant-soil-microbe interactions in bioenergy cropping systems (sorghum, energycane, and Miscanthus) with a focus on nitrogen biogeochemistry and microbial functional groups responsible for mineralization, nitrification, denitrification, nitrogen fixation, etc.

The postdoc will work with Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Professor Angela Kent and will collaborate with plant breeders, ecosystem ecologists, ecosystem modelers, ecophysiologists, ecohydrologists, and others in the CABBI Sustainability Theme. Collaboration with researchers in the CABBI Feedstocks and Conversion themes and the other BRCs is encouraged. The postdoc will be housed in IGB with the other UIUC-based CABBI researchers to facilitate these collaborative interactions and help build a strong community of postdocs and graduate students.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments to evaluate ecological drivers of nitrogen-cycling microbes, high-throughput DNA sequencing and qPCR, bioinformatics and data analysis. The postdoctoral researcher will coordinate research activities with a large team of collaborators, supervise technicians and undergraduates, engage in data management, and write manuscripts.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A Ph.D. or the equivalent in microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, or related field
  • Experience with laboratory and field work
  • Strong English writing and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to travel to research sites in Florida, Iowa, and other locations in the eastern U.S. for short sampling campaigns
  • A valid driver’s license

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted)
  • Experience with next-generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatics workflows
  • Strong multivariate data analysis skills

Application review will begin Jan. 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but ideally in February 2018. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please put “CABBI microbial ecology postdoc application” in the subject line of your email to Ank Michielson, CABBI Program Manager, michiels@illinois.edu.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Kent at akent@illinois.edu..

The position is available for four years; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding and progress made by the individual.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Read more at www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Research Specialist (Illinois): Plant Breeding and Genetics of Perennial Grasses

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (iSEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Research Specialist who can conduct basic and applied research on plant breeding and genetics of perennial grasses for CABBI.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Prepare and execute experiments on plant breeding and genetics of perennial grasses, especially Miscanthus and sugarcane (work will be conducted in the field, greenhouse, growth chamber and office)
  • Oversee the cultivation of plants in the field and greenhouse, and propagation of plants in preparation of field trials
  • Collect data from research experiments; implement high-throughput systems that include designing barcodes, setting  up and using Bluetooth enabled measuring devices, and linking the collection devices to tablet computers for in-field data collection
  • Recruit and supervise hourly research assistants (responsibilities includes task assignment, scheduling, performance monitoring and evaluation, position mentoring, and leave/travel approval)
  • Manage data files and organize completed files on the local area network
  • Supervise the collection and processing of seed and biomass samples
  • Coordinate and participate in off-campus field experiments with collaborators
  • Conduct routine maintenance on field plot research equipment
  • Maintain inventories of supplies, equipment, seed, and plants in the greenhouses
  • Order supplies and lab stock as needed
  • Other related duties as assigned to further the mission of CABBI

Required qualifications:

  • B.S. in Plant Biology or related field (alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience, depending upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position)
  • At least three years of experience conducting plant breeding and genetics research
  • Knowledge of plant breeding and genetics research techniques
  • Effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and team leader skills
  • Demonstrated ability to perform effectively with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment, consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases

Preferred qualifications:

  • M.S. in Plant Biology or related field
  • Five-plus years of experience conducting grass and/or forage breeding and genetic research
  • Experience leading a field crew
  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of greenhouses, tractors, threshers, and small farm equipment

A successful candidate will have (or has the ability to obtain) an Illinois Pesticide Applicator’s License.

Start date is as soon as possible for this full-time Academic Professional appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Qualified individuals will be eligible to receive full benefits package which includes: vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement benefits through the State Universities Retirement System (SURS); and group health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

Applications must be received by Jan. 7, 2018; search will remain open until a qualified candidate is identified. 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 that details qualifications noted above, a CV/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 Kate Day in Human Resources, kday1@illinois.edu.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Read more at www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Postdocs (Illinois): Improving Photosynthesis and Yield in C4 Bioenergy Crops

We are seeking postdoctoral research associates in the lab of Plant Biology Professor Don Ort for a project aimed at designing feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts using the “Plants as Factories” concept. The goal of the research of this position is to implement engineering strategies to improve the photosynthetic performance C4 bioenergy crops. Increasing photosynthetic efficiency has not yet been addressed by conventional breeding methods, though it has the potential to increase yields and increase efficiency of water and nitrogen use. Computer simulation models of the highly complex photosynthetic system, from metabolic networks to field crop biophysics, combined with practical engineering, will identify the best targets for improving photosynthesis efficiency.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidates will conduct research to improve photosynthesis and yield in C4 bioenergy crop plants. Responsibilities will center on implementing synthetic approaches to increasing bioenergy crop photosynthesis.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Prospective candidates need a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Plant Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated skills in several of the following areas of photosynthesis research are required: molecular biology and genetics; plant transformation; use of available bioinformatics resources; gas exchange; and/or mechanistic modeling. The duties of this position require that the incumbent have a strong background in plant molecular biology, plant biochemistry/physiology, or computational biology and broadly knowledgeable of photosynthesis. Good oral and written communication skills coupled with the ability to work independently and cooperatively are required.

PROPOSED START DATE: As soon as possible.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPOINTMENT STATUS: Up to five years, contingent on changes in project scope and performance.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please send a letter of application, resume/CV, and three professional references including phone number and email address to CABBI Project Manager Ank Michielsen, michiels@illinois.edu.

Postdocs (Illinois): Techno-economic Analysis (TEA) and Biorefinery Design

Postdoctoral research associate positions are available in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the research group of Assistant Professor Jeremy Guest. We are seeking qualified and motivated researchers to advance the sustainable design of biorefineries for the production of biofuels and bioproducts from novel feedstocks as part of CABBI.

Successful applicants will integrate process modeling with techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) under uncertainty to evaluate and prioritize research and development pathways for candidate products and processes in development by CABBI researchers and other Bioenergy Research Centers. The postdocs will be in Dr. Guest’s research group, will be housed at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and will collaborate with a strong cohort of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Crop Sciences, Plant Biology, Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and other disciplines across CABBI’s Feedstock Production, Conversion, and Sustainability themes.

The duties of the postdocs will focus on modeling biorefinery unit operations including biological and thermochemical conversions, separations, wastewater management, and related processes. In addition to detailed sustainability evaluations of technologies under development by CABBI and the U.S. Department of Energy, a target outcome of the work is to develop an open access, accessible computational tool for rapid and robust TEA and LCA of candidate products and processes. Expertise in some of the following areas is desired: separations, thermochemical conversions, wastewater treatment, TEA, LCA, modeling in Aspen Plus® / SuperPro Designer®, or programming in Python.

Required qualifications:

  • a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering, environmental engineering, biotechnology, or other relevant fields
  • ability to work in a collaborative environment

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • experience with unit process design and simulation
  • experience with programming;
  • evidence of scientific impact of their Ph.D. (e.g., published papers)

Postdoc application review began Dec. 14, 2017, but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Prospective postdocs should email the following materials to Prof. Guest, jsguest@illinois.edu, with the subject line “CABBI Postdoc”: brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and up to two examples of scholarly output (e.g., published or submitted manuscripts).

Start dates are flexible, and could range from April 1, 2018, to late Fall 2018. Positions are available for multiple years; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding, progress made by the individual, and career goals of the individual (mentoring plans will be tailored to meet the individual’s goals). All positions include competitive salary and benefits. Any offer for postdoc positions are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check (http://humanresources.illinois.edu/).

More information may be found on relevant websites for the Guest Research Group, and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, or by contacting Prof. Guest, jsguest@illinois.edu. Illinois is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Read more at www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/.

Postdoc (Illinois): Plant Systems Biology and Bioinformatics for Designing Feedstocks

A postdoctoral position is available in the department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the lab of Assistant Professor Amy Marshall-Colón. We are seeking a highly motivated postdoc to work on a DOE-funded project aimed at designing feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts using the “Plants as Factories” concept. This project takes a systems biology approach to integrate information from feedstock genomes with gene expression, protein, and metabolite data to build interactomes. Network comparisons will identify key genetic targets for engineering. Postdocs will work closely with Dr. Marshall-Colón and other members of the CABBI team to receive cross-disciplinary training in metabolomics, transcriptomics, genomics, and network modeling. The duties of the project postdoc will focus on computational biology including bioinformatic and statistical analyses, developing new network modeling approaches, and writing manuscripts.

Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: bioinformatics; statistical modeling; genomics; metabolomics; protein-protein interactions; and/or network modeling.

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted).
  • Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field within the past five years. The position is available for four years; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding and progress made by the individual. This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits.

Application review began Dec. 1, 2017, but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is flexible, but ideally January 2018.

All materials should be submitted to the PI for consideration. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please put “postdoc application” in the subject line of your email to the PI, amymc@illinois.edu.

Any offer for this position is contingent upon your successful completion of a criminal background check. Contact the PI regarding the position or application process.

For further information about the Marshall-Colón Lab, or the Plant Biology department at the University of Illinois, visit the faculty page.

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Postdoc (Illinois): Plant Genome Informatics for Feedstock Crop Engineering

A postdoctoral position is available in the department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Professor Matthew Hudson’s laboratory. We are seeking a qualified and motivated postdoctoral scientist to work on designing feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts using the “plants as factories” concept. The successful applicant will use integrative data analysis methods to incorporate information from genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, phenomics and other sources of information to develop design strategies for improving biofuels using genome engineering methods such as CRISPR/CAS9. Postdocs will work closely with Dr. Hudson and other members of the CABBI team to receive cross-disciplinary training. The duties of the project postdoc will focus on computational data analysis, software development (as part of a team including programmers) and predictive modeling, plus data interpretation and manuscript writing.

Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: bioinformatics; plant genetics; population genomics; genome sequencing and annotation; programming / scripting in Python and or R.

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • Evidence of scientific impact of their Ph.D. (such as papers published, in press, or submitted).
  • Experience in using analytic, computational processes to solve biological problems

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field within the past five years. The position is available for four years; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding and progress made by the individual. This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits.

Application review began Dec. 1, 2017, but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Start date is flexible, but ideally in early 2018.

All materials should be submitted to the CABBI Program Manager Ank Michielsen, michiels@illinois.edu, with the subject line Postdoc: Hudson. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.

Any offer for this position is contingent upon your successful completion of a criminal background check. Contact Ank Michielsen, michiels@illinois.edu, regarding the position or application process.

For further information about the Hudson Lab, or the Plant Biology department at the University of Illinois, visit the Hudson faculty page; for recent publications, visit his Google Scholar page.

Postdoc (Illinois): Genomics and Breeding of Miscanthus and Miscanes for Bioenergy

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Crop Sciences and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the lab of Erik Sacks. We are seeking a highly motivated postdoc to work on a DOE-funded project aimed at developing regionally adapted feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts. This project addresses key limitations in current cultivars of Miscanthus and energycane for winter-hardiness and/or timing of flowering. Our target environments are the Midwest United States and the southern coastal plain (in collaboration with Mississippi State University). The duties of the project postdoc will be to conduct and publish genetics/genomics studies that will facilitate the development of high-yielding, regionally adapted Miscanthus and miscanes. The work will include phenotyping in the field and in controlled environments, molecular biology work in the lab, and statistical analysis of genomic and phenotypic data.

Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: GBS/RAD-Seq, genetic mapping in biparental populations, GWAS, genomic prediction, statistical analysis in R and/or SAS.

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • A strong publication record from their Ph.D. work (papers published, in press, or submitted).
  • Creativity and the desire to learn new things.
  • The ability to work independently, and also as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field within the past five years. The position is available for four years; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding and progress made by the individual. This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits.

Application review began Dec. 1, 2017, but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is flexible, but ideally January 2018.

All materials should be submitted for consideration to Crop Sciences Assistant Professor Erik Sacks, esacks@illinois.edu. Applications should include a cover letter (briefly describing your research interests, experience, and career goals), curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please put “postdoc application” in the subject line of your email.

Any offer for this position is contingent upon your successful completion of a criminal background check. Contact the PI regarding the position or application process.

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: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11103-016-0499-http://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 began Dec. 1, 2017, but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is flexible, but ideally January 2018.

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: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11103-016-0499-http://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 began Dec. 1, 2017, but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is flexible, but ideally Fall 2018.

Selected publications related to this position:

Postdoc (Illinois): High-throughput Phenotyping of Field-grown C4 Crops

The Leakey group at the University of Illinois (http://lab.igb.illinois.edu/leakey/) seeks creative and energetic applicants for a long-term collaborative project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, which involves a multidisciplinary team of physiologists, geneticists, computer scientists and molecular biologists. Our goals are to understand the genetic and physiological controls of photosynthetic water use efficiency through a combination of molecular genetics, quantitative genetics, and physiology. The project will benefit substantially from significant advances in high-throughput phenotyping and germplasm development made by our team and collaborators in recent years, as well as a new large-scale field facility for imposing drought treatments. The position will offer excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary training and a creative work environment at the Institute for Genomic Biology, which houses the CABBI DOE Bioenergy Center.

Candidates for this job should have a strong background in remote sensing or high-throughput phenotyping. Experience in use of UAVs/ground-based vehicles for image acquisition or image analysis is preferable.  The successful applicant will be expected to actively engage with a collaborative team taking transgenic and quantitative genetic approaches to improving the water use efficiency of sorghum. Start date is June 2018, but flexible.

Project details can be found at: http://lab.igb.illinois.edu/leakey/research. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an equal opportunity employer and offers highly competitive salary and excellent health care benefits. Questions or applications including a letter of application, CV and the names of three references can be addressed by email to Melinda Laborg, laborg@illinois.edu.

Application reviews started Oct. 25, 2017, but will last until the post is filled.

The Leakey Lab also is seeking:

  • A postdoc to study molecular biology of stomatal patterning. Candidates should have a strong background in plant molecular genetics, preferably with a focus on stomatal patterning. Interest in the design of synthetic transcriptional circuits is preferable.  The successful applicant will be expected to actively engage with a collaborative team using synthetic biology, gene editing and enhanced efficiency transformation strategies to improve the water use efficiency of sorghum. Start date as early as November 2017, but flexible.
  • A postdoc to study physiology of leaf gas exchange and water use efficiency. Candidates should have a strong background in plant physiology, with experience of using leaf gas exchange to study stomatal or photosynthetic function. Experience of studying photosynthesis or drought responses in the field is preferable. The successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with a team that is generating transgenic events and identifying natural diversity in water use efficiency of setaria and sorghum. Start date as early as November 2017, but flexible.

Questions or applications for these positions, including a letter of application, CV and the names of three references, can be addressed by email to Melinda Laborg, laborg@illinois.edu. Applications will be reviewed starting Oct. 25, 2017.

Postdoc (Illinois): Analyzing and Engineering Sugar Flux for Feedstocks

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Li-Qing Chen in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a bioenergy research project using molecular, biochemical and genetic strategies to analyze and manipulate sugar flux for increasing biomass feedstocks. The postdoc will work closely with Dr. Chen and interact with other members of the CABBI team to gain cross-disciplinary training in metabolomics, transcriptomics and genomics.

Candidates with training in molecular plant biology and with a strong background in the biochemical and genetic analysis are required. Expertise in the FRET sensor imaging and RNA-seq data analysis is preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Candidates need to have creativity and independence in developing the project.

The position requires a Ph.D. in a relevant field within the past three years. Applications should include a cover letter describing the previous research experience and career goals, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. All materials should be submitted to Dr. Chen, an Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, at lqchen77@illinois.edu for consideration. Please have “postdoc application” in the subject line when you apply for this position.

You can visit our faculty page for further information about the Chen lab, or visit Illinois’ Department of Plant Biology page.