Applied Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Bioenergy, Metabolism, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology
The laboratory of Dr. Philip Bates in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi seeks a highly motivated Post-doctoral Research Associate to work on a National Science Foundation funded project investigating the metabolic pathways involved in plant oil biosynthesis. Plant oils are a vital part of human life and are utilized as food, chemicals (plastics, paints, cosmetics, etc.), and fuels. To meet the rising demand for plant oils through modern agricultural practices we need a better understanding of the metabolic pathways and enzymatic reactions (and their associated genes) that control the flux of fatty acids into different pathways of oil biosynthesis which affect both the quantity and composition of the oil. The laboratory of Dr. Bates utilizes a systematic approach combining plant genetics (mutant lines) with molecular biology (tissue-specific expression of transgenes) and followed by in vivo analysis of lipid metabolism (metabolite labeling, flux analysis, and modeling) to elucidate the gene products that control fatty acid flux through seed lipid metabolism within Arabidopsis thaliana.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Adheres to University of Southern Mississippi and department policies, procedures, and regulations. Also adheres to all federal and cooperative institute policies, procedures, and regulations. Will be expected to perform mostly independent biochemical/molecular biology research, and write scientific manuscripts under the guidance of Dr. Bates. Primary duties will involve radio-isotopic metabolic labeling of Arabidopsis seeds and development of HPLC analysis methods for labeled lipids. Secondary duties will involve production of transgenic Arabidopsis plants. This position will have opportunities for travel to national and international scientific conferences depending on research progress and funding levels.
Closing Date: Open until filled. Review of applicants will begin April 1st, 2017.
Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply please provide a cover letter, CV, brief summary of research experience and future research interests, and contact info for three references. Apply at https://jobs.usm.edu/ posting number 0004382, or go to jobs.usm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56897. Inquiries about the position may be addressed to Dr. Bates, Philip.Bates@usm.edu.
Doctoral degree in biochemistry or related field. A qualified applicant is expected to have a strong understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology as it relates to metabolism.
Experience with HPLC analysis and method development highly desired. Prior experience with metabolic labeling and flux analysis, plant molecular biology, would be beneficial but not required. Strong scientific writing and communication skills are highly desired.
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have... collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 10 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of a select number of institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at www.usm.edu. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.
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