The Biology Department at James Madison University (JMU) is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research-Teaching position in the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Monroe at James Madison University beginning Fall 2021. This position is funded in part through a Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant from the NSF. Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in plant molecular biology and be seeking a career at a predominantly undergraduate institution. Experience with, or interest in polysaccharide chemistry, gene expression or protein structure and function is desirable. The research involves investigating the structure, function, and evolution of a beta-amylase in Arabidopsis using analysis of gene expression, purified proteins, T-DNA insertion mutants, and starch structure and metabolism. In addition to gaining experience in mentoring undergraduate researchers, the postdoc will also undertake some classroom and laboratory teaching in introductory and upper-level courses fitting the background of the postdoc. Travel support is available to attend the national conferences of ASPB and the Council on Undergraduate Research. This position is offered for one year, with the option to extend one additional year.
The Biology Department at JMU is housed in a Bioscience building that opened Fall 2012. JMU is located in Harrisonburg, VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, one of the most diverse communities in the State of Virginia, and is about a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C. The area affords many opportunities for outdoor recreation, with the George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park located nearby. JMU is committed to diversity, access and inclusion as an institutional core quality.
Candidates should submit a cover letter that addresses your commitment and experiences in promoting inclusivity and diversity, a curriculum vitae, and a brief statement of research and teaching experiences as part of an electronic application created at https://joblink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1554. The names and contact information for three references will also be requested as part of the application. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
James Madison University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. For more information contact Jonathan Monroe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About James Madison University
Jonathan Monroe is a professor in the Biology Department at James Madison University, a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) in Harrisonburg, VA. His group of mostly undergraduates studies the structure, function and evolution of the beta-amylase family of genes in Arabidopsis and is funded by an NSF RUI grant.