Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology
Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral (Research Associate) position available in plant lipid droplet biochemistry at Michigan State University in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Lundquist. We study the function and formation of plastoglobule lipid droplets of chloroplasts which are highly relevant to plant stress responses and play an active role in membrane remodeling and numerous lipid metabolic pathways. Several dozen proteins are known to specifically target and associate with the surface of the plastoglobule, however the mechanisms which underlie this remarkable specificity are unknown. The incumbent will utilize a multidisciplinary approach to identify molecular mechanisms of protein association with the plastoglobule and their remobilization within the chloroplast. Candidates with experience in plant molecular biology and biochemistry are strongly encouraged to apply. The position will be initially for an appointment of one-year, renewable annually, contingent upon performance and availability of funding. The post-doc Research Associate will be responsible for designing and performing experiments, analyzing data, helping with manuscript and grant preparation, overseeing and training other lab personnel.
Minimum qualifications for the position:
Ph.D. in biochemistry/biology-oriented field
Demonstrated experience with gene cloning and protein expression/purification
Desired qualifications for the position:
Excellent communication and organization skills
Demonstrated experience with either confocal microscopy or lipidomic techniques (such as LC- or GC-MS, thin layer chromatography, etc.)
About Michigan State University
The Lundquist Lab is in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology department and the Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.
Michigan State University boasts one of the premier plant research environments in the world, spanning molecular to ecosystem levels in basic and applied plant science. Benefit from the critical mass of research and facilities at MSU for the advancement of your research career.