The Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University currently has a Postdoctoral Research opportunity in the Bates laboratory on the biochemical regulation of fatty acid synthesis, and the control of acyl lipid metabolic flux in plants. Plant oils supply humans with much of the calories and nutritionally important fatty acids required in our diet, and plant oils also represent a renewable carbon source that can replace petroleum as feedstocks for the chemical industry or as bio-fuels. To meet the growing demand of the human population we need to greatly increase the amount of oil produced in various oilseed crops. The Bates lab seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher for a National Science Foundation funded project that focuses on characterizing the biochemical control of de novo fatty acid synthesis, and discovery of metabolic bottlenecks which limit the accumulation of oils in plant seeds.
Interested individuals should send a CV, brief statement of interest (less than 1 page), and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of three references to:
Dr. Philip Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Bates lab can be found here: https://ibc.wsu.edu/philip-bates/
PhD in Plant Biochemistry or equivalent.
Experience in the analysis of metabolism, and biochemical characterization of mutants.
Effective written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work independently and in a group atmosphere, contribute to multiple projects, and mentor or train undergraduates and graduate students.
Experience utilizing isotopic labels to trace metabolism or within enzymatic reactions
Experience utilizing HPLC and GC
Experience in the analysis of lipids
Experience in the analysis of gene expression and production of plant mutants
About Washington State University
The Institute of Biological Chemistry (IBC) was established at Washington State University in 1980 to pursue fundamental research in the molecular biology and biochemistry of plants. Work at the IBC focuses on basic plant science with an emphasis on plant derived products synthesis, determinants of plant architecture, bioenergetics, and plant-microbe interacts. The research outcomes have potential applications in agricultural biotechnology, bioenergy, and medicine.Washington State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.