[Arabidopsis] Post doc positions in cell wall biosynthesis - Joint Bioenergy Institute, California

Henrik Vibe Scheller via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by hscheller from lbl.gov)
Thu May 15 04:30:19 EST 2008

Cell wall biosynthesis - Post doc positions

Molecular & Cell Biologist, Chemist:

Three post doc positions are available at Joint Bioenergy Institute. The 
incumbent shall be responsible for developing new methods and using 
existing methods for investigating enzymes involved in biosynthesis of 
plant cell walls and characterizing plants with mutations in the genes 
encoding these enzymes. Candidates for the positions should have 
experience with biochemistry and molecular biology. Candidates should 
also have experence in one or more of the following areas and 
techniques: HPLC, characterization of complex carbohydrates, plant 
genetics, heterologous expression of proteins, and animal cell culture.
Position 1: Heterologous expression of glycosyltransferases in insect cells
Position 2: Development of high through put methods for assaying cell 
wall biosynthetic enzymes.
Position 3: Biochemistry of polysaccharide modifications, particularly 
feruloylation of hemicelluloses

• Develop methods to analyze function of glycosyltransferases and other 
cell wall biosynthetic enzymes. Cultivate and transform animal cells.
• Reverse genetics in Arabidopsis. Bioimaging.
• Collect and analyze data and prepare results for publication in 
scientific journals and presentations at seminars.
• Assist with the development of funding proposals. Assist PI with 
training and managing the workflow of technical staff and students. 
Participate in group meetings and seminars.
• Maintain an accurate and detailed scientific logbook of all 
experiments performed. Ensure that others could duplicate results.

• Ph.D in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related areas.
• Knowledge of biological systems. Experience with characterization of 
complex carbohydrates.
• Experience with enzyme assays.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, maintain 
appropriate records and manage data. Strong collaborative skills and 
ability to work in a team environment.

The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is a new multi-organizational 
research center comprising world-class resources and expertise located 
in one facility at Emeryville, California. The goal of JBEI is to use 
rapidly advancing scientific techniques, such as systems and synthetic 
biology, to accelerate development of the nation's biofuels industry. 
JBEI is a U.S. Department of Energy funded Bioenergy Research Center, 
managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) with partners 
from 5 internationally recognized scientific institutions: Sandia 
National Laboratories (SNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
(LLNL), University of California-Davis (UCD), University of 
California-Berkeley (UCB), and the Carnegie Institution for Science

These are one year Term appointments, renewable under the same 
conditions, contingent upon the continued availability of funding and 
work. For consideration apply online at: http://jobs.lbl.gov, select 
“Search Jobs”, and enter jobnumber 21752 in the keyword search field. 
For additional information please refer questions to Dr. Henrik V. 
Scheller at hscheller from lbl.gov. For more information about JBEI 
Feedstocks go to: www.jbei.org/feedstocks

Henrik Vibe Scheller
Program Director of Cell Wall Biosynthesis, Dr. scient.
Joint BioEnergy Institute
Feedstocks Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
717 Potter St.
Berkeley, CA 94720

Tel.: 510-486-7371 (office)
      510-207-0283 (cell)
Fax:  510-486-4252

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