Research Scientist - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (A1700361)

Champaign, IL
Jun 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Description: Development of genetic constructs for engineering improved photosynthesis in tobacco as proof of concept and with other crops, such as rice, soybean, and cassava, as target crops for those constructs with confirmed improvement in photosynthetic efficiency

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Perform efficient Agrobacterium-based transformations with goal of engineering improved photosynthetic performance.
  • Design and build constructs using Golden Gate System.
  • Design and implement replicated greenhouse and field experiments with transgenic lines to identify the best genes and gene combinations leading to (1) optimization of photosynthetic carbon metabolism; (2) speeding up relaxation of photoprotection; (3) increase mesophyll conductance for CO 2.
  • Perform molecular genotyping of transformed lines using PCR, RTPCR, RTQPCR, ddPCR, and Western blotting.
  • Estimate mesophyll conductance with the use of florescence and discrimination against 13C methods.
  • Investigate the impact of overexpressing chloroplast division proteins on cell and tissue structure using laser point scanning and lightsheet microscopy.
  • Perform biochemical and physiological phenotyping using gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence.
  • Maintain detailed and organized records of project data and other materials.
  • Communicate research progress and results to project team members and external stakeholders.
  • Recruit, select, and supervise graduate students, academic hourly workers, and undergraduate students assisting with research activities including providing orientation and training, determining task assignments, managing performance, including evaluation and providing coaching and mentoring of independent study.


Required: PhD, Agricultural Sciences

Preferred: PhD, Agronomy


Required: Experience in (1) photosynthesis research in C3 crops, (2) performing Agrobacterium-mediated plant transformations (3) biochemical and physiological phenotyping using gas exchange and fluorescence, (4) molecular genotyping using PCR, RTQPCR, RTPCR, ddPCR, and Western blotting, and (5) demonstrated success in the publication of high-impact work in recognized peer-reviewed journals

Preferred: Experience with (1) stable isotope 13C methodology, (2) Golden Gate cloning, (3) designing and conducting replicated greenhouse and field experiments, and (4) training and managing graduate students and hourly workers

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: Biosafety Training

Preferred: Radiation Safety Training

Knowledge Requirements:

Required: Extensive knowledge of plant photosynthesis, strong oral and written communication skills, ability to work in a complex and challenging environment both autonomously and collaboratively as part of a team, critical thinker and problem solver with a demonstrated ability to efficiently execute project tasks.

Preferred: Statistical analysis of large datasets

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is a 12-month, 100% time academic professional appointment with regular University benefits. The proposed starting date is negotiable after the close date.

Please create your candidate profile at and upload your letter of interest (including email address), resume and contact information for three professional letters of reference by June 28, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For further information regarding the application procedures, you may contact Jacinda King,

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The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Scientist - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (A1700361)
Open Date: 06/14/2017
Close Date: 06/28/2017
Organization Name: Institute for Genomic Biology


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