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Post Doctoral Research Associate

Employer
The University of Georgia
Location
Athens Area

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Job Details

Posting Number:

G/R18501P

Working Title:

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Department:

VPR-Complex Carbohyd Rsch Ctr

About 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 (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

College/Unit/Department website:

https://www.ccrc.uga.edu/

Employment Type:

Employee

Advertised Salary:

$55,000

Anticipated Start Date:

09/01/2022

Posting Date:

07/28/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Location of Vacancy:

Athens 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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit https://coronavirus.uga.edu/executive-order/ or call (706) 542-2222.

Duties/Responsibilities:

Prepare oral or written reports, write manuscripts, and maintain concise records of the research carried out as part of this project.

Percentage of time:

10

Duties/Responsibilities:

Design and generate constructs for heterologous expression of glycosyltransferases from duckweed species.

Percentage of time:

30

Duties/Responsibilities:

Perform in vitro analyses to assign the functions and roles of glycosyltransferases in plant carbohydrate biosynthetic pathways.

Percentage of time:

30

Duties/Responsibilities:

Dissect enzymatic microenvironments involved in non-template based polymer synthesis by carrying out affinity biotinylation studies in Arabidopsis and duckweed.

Percentage of time:

30

Classification Title:

Post-Doctoral Associate AD

FLSA:

Exempt

FTE:

1.0

Position Summary:

The postdoctoral research associate will work on a DOE funded project to functionally characterize glycosyltransferases in the duckweed Spirodela polyrhiza. In vitro and in vivo analyses will be carried out to assign the functions and roles of glycosyltransferase gene products in diverse carbohydrate biosynthetic pathways. They will generate a library of enzymes for use in structural and biosynthetic studies in collaboration with other Co-PIs and Key Personnel supported by this project. The candidate will be leading efforts to determine biocatalytic activities of recombinant enzymes and their saccharide products using high throughput approaches. In addition, training will be provided in the use and implementation of state of the art physical and spectroscopic techniques, including HPLC, MALDI-TOF MS, 1H-NMR, and ESI-MS for functional analysis of carbohydrate products. They will also prepare oral or written reports, write manuscripts, and maintain concise records of the research carried out as part of this project. Some travel may be needed.

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

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. Previous experience in characterization of enzymes involved in polysaccharide biosynthesis and/or deconstruction is encouraged. Strong communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English are essential as is working in a collaborative scientific environment.

Physical Demands:

Normal lab activity.

Is this a Position of Trust?:

Yes

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? :

No

Does this position require a P-Card? :

No

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :

No

Is driving a requirement of this position?:

No

Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:

No

Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):

Yes

Contact Details:

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name:

Breeanna Urbanowicz

Recruitment Contact Email:

[email protected]

Organization

The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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Telephone
706-542-3000
Location
215 S. Jackson St.
Athens
Georgia
30602
United States
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