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

Lab Manager (Illinois): Bioenergy Research Coordinator

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (iSEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Laboratory Manager who can manage and supervise multiple research themes in the laboratory for Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a multimillion-dollar Bioenergy Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Major Duties & Responsibilities: Manage and maintain common laboratory space, equipment, and equipment scheduling, including quality standards, developing operations, quality, and troubleshooting procedures. Ensure staff compliance; certify instrument performance; arrange equipment replacement, service, and repair. Provide technical guidance to laboratory personnel in growth of microbes, PCR, culture maintenance, optimizing protocols, using growth chambers, and all aspects of plant biology, crop science, biosystems design, and chemical and bioengineering. Maintain laboratory productivity by monitoring workload of functional areas; identify peak and slack periods; make operational or staffing adjustments as necessary. Maintain laboratory information system by identifying information needs and problems; recommending improvements; establishing priorities; testing; writing user manuals; training employees; maintaining security and confidentiality. Train laboratory personnel in the use of specialized laboratory equipment, in lab safety requirements and good laboratory practice. Supervise undergraduate student employees including task assignments, scheduling, mentoring, and time sheet approvals. Maintain a preventative maintenance schedule for common equipment as needed and assist the CABBI team members in the maintenance of individual equipment. Maintain an accurate equipment and chemical inventory for each separate research group in CABBI and ensure regulatory safety compliance is met, permits for controlled materials are in place, biohazards and chemicals are disposed properly. Order lab supplies, and new equipment, including setting up purchase orders, and reconciling p-card transactions properly.

Position Requirements and Qualifications: Required education — Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology, biochemistry or chemistry. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience, depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to this position. Preferred education — Master’s degree in micriobiology, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry.

Required experience — Minimum of one year’s employment in a similar position. Preferred experience — Three or more years of work in common microbiological and molecular biological techniques; skills in chemical synthesis and separation methods, and/or in genomic techniques; supervisory experience.

Required knowledge — Advanced experience in laboratory management including problem-solving. Strong working knowledge and/or familiarity with microbiological, molecular biological, and genomic techniques. Knowledge of and/or familiarity with chemical synthesis and separation methods. Effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and team leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail. Proficiency in commonly-employed software.

Proposed Start Date: As soon as possible.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointment Status: Full-time academic professional appointment. 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.

To apply: For full consideration, applications must be received by Nov. 30, 2017. Search will remain open until qualified candidate is identified. Interviews may be conducted prior to search closing date, but hiring decision will not be made until after the closing date. To apply, submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu, and upload a letter that details qualifications noted above, 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 Erica Hanson, HR Associate, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, elhanson@illinois.edu.

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

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. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.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 will begin on Dec. 14, 2017. 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-Soil-Microbe Interactions in Nitrogen Biogeochemistry

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 Wendy Yang. The goal of the CABBI Sustainability Theme is to 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 postdoc is sought to support research on plant-soil-microbe interactions in bioenergy cropping systems (sorghum, sugarcane, and Miscanthus) with regards to nitrogen biogeochemistry, including mineralization, nitrification, denitrification, nitrogen fixation, etc. Job duties include designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments, developing and testing innovative stable isotope methodologies for measuring in situ nitrogen cycling process rates, coordinating research activities with a large team of collaborators, supervising technicians and undergraduates, and writing manuscripts.

The postdoc will work with Dr. Yang in her Global Change Ecology and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry lab and will collaborate with other ecosystem ecologists, microbial ecologists, ecosystem modelers, ecophysiologists, ecohydrologists, and others in the Sustainability Theme. Collaboration with researchers in the CABBI Feedstocks and Conversion themes and the other BRCs is strongly encouraged. The postdoc will be housed in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology with the other Illinois-based CABBI researchers to facilitate these collaborative interactions and help build a strong community of postdocs and graduate students.

Required qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or the equivalent in 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

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted)
  • Experience with natural abundance or tracer stable isotope techniques
  • Experience with method development or tinkering with major instrumentation (e.g., isotope ratio mass spectrometer, quantum cascade laser)
  • Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things

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 will begin Dec. 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but ideally in January 2018. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please put “CABBI 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. Yang, yangw@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.

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 will begin Dec. 1, 2017. 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 will begin Dec. 1, 2017. 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 will begin Dec. 1, 2017. 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 will begin Dec. 1, 2017. and 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 will begin Dec. 1, 2017. and 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.

Applications will be reviewed starting Oct. 25, 2017.

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): Economic, Biophysical, and Hydrological Analysis for Sustainability

An exciting opportunity is available as a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Biofuels Innovation (CABBI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are seeking a highly motivated and dedicated postdoctoral associate to take a leadership role and conduct innovative research in the recently funded U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Research Center. The postdoctoral researcher will participate in 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.

We seek a candidate with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Energy Economics, Operations Research or related field and an outstanding ability to perform thoughtful, critical quantitative analysis. Excellent mathematical and computational skills and experience in numerical simulation models will be necessary. Knowledge of GAMs, econometrics and GIS is preferred. Interests in water resource economics, life-cycle carbon analysis, and policy analysis are desirable. A demonstrated ability to produce quality research output, a strong publication record, excellent communication skills and an interest in working with researchers from other social and environmental sciences will be among the selection criteria. Funding is available for one year starting Dec. 1, 2017, with the potential for annual renewal for two to three years based on satisfactory performance. Questions about this position should be addressed to Professor Madhu Khanna, khanna1@illinois.edu.

Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. within the past 5 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 Khanna, a Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at Illinois, khanna1@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 Oct. 9, 2017, 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): Analyzing and Engineering Sugar Flux for Feedstocks

A postdoctoral position is available starting Sept. 1, 2018, 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.