Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Posting NumberG/R03478PWorking TitlePostdoctoral Research AssociateDepartmentVPR-Complex Carbohyd Rsch CtrAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/DepartmentCollege/Unit/Department websiteEmployment TypeEmployeeAdditional Schedule InformationAdvertised SalaryAnticipated Start Date06/28/2019Posting Date06/14/2019Closing DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EOO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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Classification TitlePost-Doctoral Associate ADFLSAExemptUGA Job CodeJob FamilyFTE100Minimum QualificationsPosition Summary

The postdoctoral research associate will work on a DOE funded project for the Center for BioEnergy Innovation to identify and characterize glycosyltransferase enzymes and enzyme complexes involved in cell wall polysaccharide biosynthesis in poplar and switchgrass to inform plant metabolic engineering strategies to improve biomass structure. He/she will also design experiments to identify and characterize the mechanisms of action and substrate specificities of enzymes responsible for non-glycosyl modification of polysaccharides. Enzymes from the plant TBL/DUF231 and DUF579 families will be the focal point of acetylation and methylation research. The candidate will be leading efforts to determine biocatalytic activities of recombinant enzymes and their saccharide products using state of the art physical and spectroscopic techniques, including HPLC, MALDI-TOF MS, 1H-NMR, and ESI-MS. He/she will also be expected to prepare oral or written reports, write manuscripts, and maintain concise records of the research carried out as part of this project, and attend monthly CBI project calls and the annual CBI retreat. Some additional travel may be required.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position

A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, plant biology or a related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates who have hands-on experience with structural analyses of complex glycans and heterologous expression and purification of recombinant proteins and structural biology. Previous experience in characterization of enzymes involved in polysaccharide biosynthesis and deconstruction is encouraged. Strong communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English are essential as is the ability to work in a collaborative scientific environment.

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Normal for laboratory work

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