[Arabidopsis] A postdoc position in UCDavis

Kentaro Inoue via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by kinoue from ucdavis.edu)
Wed Mar 5 15:01:45 EST 2008

A postdoctoral position is available in UCDavis starting on or after May
1st, 2008, to study mechanism and significance of protein maturation and
targeting in the biogenesis of photosynthetic compartments in higher

A number of proteins involved in photosynthetic light reaction are
targeted to thylakoid lumen with signal peptides that are cleaved by
thylakoidal processing peptidase (TPP). There are at least three TPP
homologs in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Recently, we took a
genetic approach to show that one of them called Plsp1 is essential for
proper thylakoid development (J Cell Biol '05 171, 425-430).
Interestingly, Plsp1 is located in both thylakoids and the envelope of
the organelle, whereas other two TPP homologs appear to exist only in
thylakoids. The successful candidate for this position is expected to
use the reagents generated in the previous study and also to develop new
tools to address the significance of gene duplication giving rise to
multiple TPPs, and/or the mechanism of intraorganellar protein sorting.

A strong background in molecular biology and biochemistry is required.
Experience of molecular cloning, over-expression of a gene of interest
in bacteria and/or other organisms, and genetic analysis of model
organisms is also desirable. The initial appointment is for 1-2 years
and its renewal is highly possible, depending on the performance of the

To apply, please send a full C.V. including a brief description of
research experience and interests, and names/email addresses of three
references via email to: 

Kentaro Inoue 
Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Sciences
University of California
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA
kinoue from ucdavis.edu

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