Postdoctoral Position - Chlamydomonas Molecular Genetics
A Postdoctoral Associate position is available immediately to assist in an
NSF-funded project to discover genes involved in the structure and
regulation of the carbon concentrating mechanism (CCM) in Chlamydomonas
reinhardtii. The CCM allows Chlamydomonas and other photosynthetic algae
to support high levels of photosynthesis by significantly increasing CO2
concentrations available to the CO2-fixing enzyme, Rubisco.
An approach using genomic complementation of mutants defective in the
carbon concentrating mechanism has proven successful in our laboratory in
isolating genes involved in the CCM (e.g., Intracellular carbonic anhydrase
is essential to photosynthesis in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii at atmospheric
levels of CO2: Demonstration via genomic complementation of the high
CO2-requiring mutant ca-1. 1997. R.P. Funke, J.L. Kovar and D.P. Weeks.
Plant Physiology 114: 237-244). The Postdoctoral Associate will be
involved in characterizing presently isolated genes and in identifying the
function of the gene product. The individual also may choose to be
involved in the isolation of additional genes from several mutants
presently under study.
We seek an well-motivated, highly-interactive individual with extensive
experience in molecular biology (and, ideally, genetics, biochemistry and
cell biology). Salary is highly competitive and dependent on experience.
A full range of fringe benefits are provided.
Applicants should forward a description of their research background, C.V.
and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references
to: Dr. Don Weeks, Department of Biochemistry, N158 Beadle Center,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0664; telephone: (402) 472-7917;
or E-mail: dweeks at unl.edu