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Postdoctoral researcher in Plant Biochemistry l
The University of British Columbia
The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research into the elucidation of alkaloid biosynthetic pathways from medicinal plants. Duties include experimental design, method development (molecular biology, enzymology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, LCMS, HPLC), data collection, and data interpretation and presentation. The postdoctoral researcher will be working independently and in the team under the supervision of the line manager (Dr. Thu-Thuy Dang), and collaborating with colleagues from the group as well as other research groups.
The postdoc will be responsible for day-to-day management of the project including experimental planning and execution, data collection and analysis, discussion and presentations in various meetings (lab meetings, conferences, workshops, etc.), report/publication writing, and related duties. The position holder is also expected to supervise, train, and advise students and other junior lab members, as well as deliver guest lectures. The postdoctoral researcher will be working independently and in the team under the supervision of the line manager (Dr. Thu-Thuy Dang), and collaborating with colleagues from the group as well as other research groups. The post holder will be advised by the principal investigator, Dr. Thu-Thuy Dang, in regular one-to-one meetings and relevant discussion channels.
Researcher I - Molecular Biologist
Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center - University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Molecular Technologies Department (MTD), within the Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center (WCIC) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, has an exciting early career opportunity for a plant biology focused molecular biologist who will engage in a wide variety of tasks associated with the fast-paced, high-throughput, day-to-day operations of the MTD. Primary responsibility of this position will be to participate as a member of the MTD Team tasked with the execution of, via Golden Gate mediated cloning, the plant transformation plasmid assembly strategies devised in collaboration with the MTD Manager, for both external fee-for-service clients and WCIC internal Research and Development (R&D) projects. Candidate will have an opportunity to engage in research aimed at positively impacting plant transformation and gene editing efficiency for a wide variety of crop plants. The minimum education level required for the position is a Master of Science degree in either Plant Biology, Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Physiology, Horticulture, Crop Science, or Botany, from a fully accredited institution. A minimum of one year of on-the-job experience (undergraduate lab courses do not satisfy these requirements, but graduate experience, if directly related to Agrobacterium or plant biotechnology, may qualify) building plasmids for plant transformation, including proper sterile technique for microbiology, specifically as relates to culture and maintenance of E. coli and Agrobacterium, is required. The WCIC, is an ~100,000 square foot state-of-the-art ag biotech complex, housing laboratories and greenhouses dedicated to the production and analysis of transgenic and gene edited plants. This facility is the largest publicly held plant transformation facility in North America aimed at improving crop plants. People from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Search on the UW-Madison HR webpage for PVL 283605.
Postdoc position on plant metabolism at University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hiroshi Maeda Laboratory at University of Wisconsin-Madison studies plant primary metabolic pathways and their regulation using diverse plant species. We apply our fundamental discoveries to engineer plant metabolism and enhance the sustainable production of beneficial compounds from CO2 in plants. We are seeking an independent and self-driven postdoctoral researcher, who can lead an NSF and DOE-funded project to investigate evolutionary diversification of the aminotransferase enzyme family and underlying nitrogen (N) metabolic network. We will take a variety of approaches, such as high capacity gene synthesis at DOE-Joint Genome Institute (JGI), mass spectrometry-based high throughput enzyme assays, and 15N stable isotope-labeled metabolic tracer experiments. A highly-motivated person interested in enzyme biochemistry and evolution as well as metabolic flux analysis are encouraged to apply. A prior experience in protein expression and purification, enzyme characterization, and/or metabolite analysis is a plus but not required. Strong skills in critical thinking, management, and oral and written presentation and communication are essential for this position and project.

Please send your application to as a single PDF file containing i) cover letter, ii) CV, and iii) 2 to 3-page research statement explaining your research interest and future career goal, and why this position and the Maeda lab may be of interest to you. Also, please indicate in your CV the names of at least three referees, who may be contacted for a reference letter.

Related articles:
Koper et al. (2022) JBC, 298, 102122
Yokoyama et al. (2023) Sci. Adv., 8, eabo3416
Maeda and Fernie (2021) Ann. Rev. Plant Biol. 72, 185-216
Schenck et al. (2017) Nature Chem. Biol. 13, 1029- 1035.

If you are interested in or have any questions about the position, feel free to set up a meeting with Hiroshi Maeda ( during the PSNA meeting.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Plant Biochemistry/Computational Biology
Cornell University
An open postdoctoral position is available in the Moghe Lab at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Research in the lab is organized around three themes: 1)  Unraveling the hidden diversity and functions of plant metabolites using computational approaches, 2) Characterizing the biosynthesis and evolution of specialized metabolite classes, and 3) Identifying novel applications of plant metabolites as agrochemicals and drugs. Projects can be flexible but will include significant computational and wet-lab components. Since its inception, the lab has been productive, publishing in well-regarded journals, and has deep connections with the broader phytochemistry, plant science and protein function communities. The postdoctoral associate will work on NSF and USDA funded projects but will also have the freedom to develop their own projects and engage in career development opportunities. The lab is also fully committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workspace.

The postdoctoral associate will join a vibrant community of almost a thousand plant scientists in the School of Integrative Plant Science, with collaborations across the Cornell campus. Furthermore, Ithaca, which lies in the NY’s Finger Lakes region, is frequently rated as one of the best college towns in the US due to its rich community feel and the beautiful outdoors, which includes the Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, numerous gorges and waterfalls, and accessible hike and ski trails.

For further information about the position, contact Gaurav Moghe ( with a copy of your most recent CV.
ARS Postdocs
Will Hay and I had questions about postdocs in USDA-ARS and whether non US citizens were eligible. Unfortunately not, but there are postdoc training opportunities (as well as post-bac and other opportunities) in ARS through the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) that are open to both US and non-US citizens. These opportunities in ARS labs provide stipends and usually (depends on hosting lab) an allowance to pay for health insurance. ORISE opportunities at USDA-ARS (and other Federal Agencies) can be found at I don’t currently have any opportunities in my own lab, but I’d be happy to answer questions about ARS and ORISE at my email above.
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