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MSU Molecular Biology Job – Research Associate Post

MSU Molecular Biology Job – Research Associate Post

A Research Associate (RA) is being sought starting in June 2023 in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at MS State. The position is initially for one year, with the potential to extend to two or more years based on performance, funding, and need. The laboratory, in collaboration with a group at the Institute for Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics, focuses on understanding plant immunity with a focus on the redox-mediated regulation of transcriptional programs and protein signaling networks. The RA will be responsible for conducting research on components of immune redox pathways, investigate structure-function relationship for thimet oligopeptidases and analyze their redox regulation and biochemical properties as they relate to plant immunity. The RA will also be responsible for conducting high-throughput plant immunity omics studies (phenomics, metagenomics, proteomics and transcriptomics) in multiple plant systems. The RA is expected to supervise students participating in the project.

Salary Grade: 13

Redox processes in plant-biotic interactions

Anticipated Appointment Date: June 2023.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • M.S. in plant biochemistry, molecular biology, plant pathology.
  • Proven ability to work independently within a research lab.
  • Demonstrated ability in protein biochemistry lab techniques and high-throughput genomics assays.
  • At least one year of student mentoring and supervisory experience.
  • Rank and salary will be commensurate with the education and/or experience of the candidate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Expertise with classical molecular techniques such as plasmid construction, DNA/RNA and
protein extractions, PCR and real-time PCR, molecular cloning and sample collection and

• Experience with protein purification, HPLC, 2D PAGE, fluorescence spectrometry,
immunoblotting, enzymatic assays, and kinetic analyses.

• Experience with imaging systems including electron microscopy and confocal microscopy.

• Capacity to use bioinformatics tools to analyze high-throughput data, basic bioinformatics

• Previous experience with analyzing peptidases and proteases is a plus.

• The ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team is required.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

The position requires occasional low-intensity physical effort.

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