Research Associate-Fixed Term

East Lansing MI
Oct 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

Applications for a research associate (post-doc) position are being accepted for studies related to the synthesis of terpene molecules as high value products and biofuels. The person chosen will work with other members of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, a Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored research center.

The person in this position will work with bacteria and plants. Most of the work will focus on the regulation of the methylerythritol pathway, but will also include work on the effects of expressing genes for novel terpene synthases on plant performance. This person will also work with isoprene synthases, in some cases eliminating them from target plants and in other cases over expressing them. The position is expected to be available December 1, 2017 and last for one year, with the possibility of an extension of another year, dependent on progress and funding availability

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

A PhD biochemistry, plant physiology, genetics, chemistry or related discipline and strong publication potential are required. 

Applicants must have strong training in biochemistry of plants and/or bacteria and special skills in one or more of the following sub-disciplines: genetic manipulation of organisms, terpene synthesis, gas chromatography, HPLC, and mass spectrometry.

Desired Qualifications

Ideally the candidate will already have at minimum of one first-author paper.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of why they are interested in this position, and the names and contact information of three persons who can provide a letter of reference.

Special Instructions

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 1, 2017. Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Professor Tom Sharkey at:, with “GLBRC Post-doc” in the subject line.