The Ort lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is recruiting a qualified Postdoctoral Researcher through the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) and the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) to work on research projects within the Feedstock Production Theme of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI). The postdoctoral position is full-time, 1-year duration, with possibility of annual extension, contingent upon performance and funding.
Summary: A postdoctoral scientist with a strong background in plant molecular biology/protein biochemistry is sought to join a dynamic team of researchers. The successful candidate will collaborate with a vibrant research team working on improving the photosynthetic efficiency of biomass sorghum for enhanced biofuel production. The successful candidate will lead efforts in identifying rate limiting processes in the C4 photosynthetic pathway of sorghum, and designing and building gene constructs optimized for expression in sorghum. The candidates will work closely with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and technicians that are focusing on how sorghum and other C4 bioenergy crops can be optimized to increase productivity and adapted for greater sustainability. As part of a large multi-institutional project, the successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary and highly collaborative work environment. The specific scientific goals of this position are 1) to explore the role of rubisco activase in increasing the thermotolerance of C4 photosynthesis in these C4 grasses , and 2) collaborate with those developing models of C4 photosynthesis to test predictions of how rubisco activase may interact with other photosynthetic enzymes to alleviate limitations.
Qualifications:The successful postdoctoral candidate will have a Ph.D. in plant molecular biology, or a closely aligned field. Experience in plant photosynthesis and protein biochemistry are preferred, as is a proven publication record. Candidates should aspire to great oral and written communication skills. Candidates must be willing and able to contribute their expertise and skills in collaborative projects within the Center. Candidates will be considered if graduation with a Ph.D. is expected by the targeted starting date. Proficiency in spoken/written English is necessary. The appointment is renewed annually, contingent upon the performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience in relevant research.
Starting Date: Ideal starting window ranges from June 1st, 2021, to August 31st, 2021, and prefer to start as soon as possible. The position will remain open until filled.
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About Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI)
One of the major challenges the world faces is how to provide sustainable sources of energy that meet societal needs as the population continues to grow. The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) will develop efficient ways to grow bioenergy crops, transform biomass into valuable chemicals, and market the resulting biofuels and other bioproducts.
The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center, is a collaboration between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB).