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Researchers in the Biology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory seek to unravel and fully describe the complexities of biological systems--from how plants make oils and other products to the role of proteins in disease. Our work helps to develop and makes use of the tools and techniques of biochemistry, molecular genetics, and structural biology. We also leverage the unique capabilities of Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source-II and Center for Functional Nanomaterials, major research facilities open to scientists from around the world. Our research makes important contributions to fulfilling the missions of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences and Office of Biological and Environmental Research. In addition, together with the Collider-Accelerator Department, the Biology Department manages the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven, which is used by radiobiologists and physicists to study the effects of space radiation on both living and non-living systems with the aim of protecting future astronauts.
A one-year term postdoctoral position (with annual renewal contingent upon performance and funding) is available immediately at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Biology Department under the supervision of Dr. Jorg Schwender. The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for independent and collaborative development, implementation, and analysis of scientific research in the discipline of plant molecular biology and biochemistry. The successful candidate will be part of a project studying seed development using a systems biology approach with focus on improving understanding of partitioning of carbon into oil production through the use of metabolic flux analysis. The successful candidate will work collaboratively in a team-based research environment. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Design experiments and prepare experimental samples.
Collect data by gas chromatography / mass spectrometry.
Analyze data with dedicated metabolic flux analysis software.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ph.D. in plant biology, plant biochemistry, chemical engineering or closely related discipline.
Demonstrated knowledge in plant metabolism and molecular, genetic and biochemical characterizations of genes and pathways.
Manuscript writing and demonstrated track record of publication of research in high quality peer-reviewed journals and presentations.
Ability to work collaboratively in a team-based research environment.
Strong organizational and record-keeping skills.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge and experience in isotope tracer based metabolic flux analysis.
Strong bioinformatics and programming skills (MatLab, python).
Knowledge in systems biology.
Standard molecular biology techniques and experience such as DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR, quantitative PCR, RNAseq, protein expression and purification in E. coli, protein extraction and analysis with western blot and gel electrophoresis of DNA, RNA and protein.
Standard molecular cloning skills and genetic transformation of Arabidopsis thaliana.
When applying for this position please:
Include a CV and cover letter detailing research interests, including the required names and email addresses of at least three references.
Identify two publications that best represent their scientific accomplishments.
Only complete applications can be considered.
Review of applications begins immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Candidates with skills that are appropriate for this project (as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and/or relevant meeting presentations) are highly encouraged to apply.
BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.
The initial appointment will be one year with annual renewal contingent upon performance and funding.
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About Brookhaven National Laboratory
Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.