Summary of Position: The Bazurto laboratory in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of Minnesota is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research scientist. We use a combination of traditional microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and omics approaches to study the physiological response of Methylobacterium extorquens to toxic metabolites. Our current focus is on formaldehyde, which is a central intermediate of methylotrophic metabolism and yet, a potent toxin. Our current goals are to identify the molecular consequences of formaldehyde stress and the cellular strategies used to achieve formaldehyde homeostasis and resistance. Successful candidates will have a strong background in microbial physiology, genetics, and detailed mechanistic work. Experience with bioinformatics and statistical analysis is not required but would be beneficial. Additionally, the postdoctoral associate will receive mentoring in proposal development, grant writing, and scientific communication as well as have the opportunity to present their results at conferences.
Essential and Other Functions: 80% Independent Research Design and implement experiments, creatively and efficiently, to achieve the predetermined research goal. Collect, record, analyze, and graphically display data. Remain current on scientific literature and techniques. Adhere to lab guidelines on record keeping as well as data conservation and sharing.
10% Training Junior Scientists Participate in mentoring more junior scientists (eg, undergraduate students, graduate students, technicians). Teach students to conduct independent research and provide expertise as needed to increase the efficiency of lab.
10% Communication of Research Activities Comprehensively summarize methodologies and results in group and one-on-one meetings in a timely and audience-appropriate manner. Prepare high-quality manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Assist in proposal and grant preparation. Present research results at internal seminars and relevant national/international scientific conferences.
Essential Qualifications PhD in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related fields Experience with cloning Experience with protein purification and/or molecular biology techniques Proven track record of productivity in peer-reviewed journals Excellent communication skills (oral, written, interpersonal) Commitment to effective student mentorship Ability to work independently and take ownership of a project
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with omics datasets Experience with statistical analysis
Internal Number: 335921
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