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

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

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: