The Li Laboratory at the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University (http://biology.msstate.edu/people/staff.php?id=ll1230) is seeking candidate to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position, to begin immediately.
The successful applicant is expected to advance the basic research and applied research in Li Lab projects to study the QQS (Qua Quine Starch) orphan gene and its network in regulation of plant metabolism, focusing on identification of proteins that interact with known starch regulatory network, and elucidation of protein-protein interactions. Possible approaches may include, but are not limited to, crop genetics, molecular genetics, protein expression and purification, ChIP-seq, and protein-protein interaction assays etc. A PhD in biochemistry, biology, chemistry or a related field is required. Publication record should demonstrate expertise in protein functional and structural characterization. Signal transduction and/or bioinformatics expertise is a plus.
Applications should include a cover letter highlighting qualifications and research interests, current CV with publication list. Have three letters/emails of reference sent from persons familiar with your professional qualification, include your dissertation advisor as one of the three. For more information regarding application submission or project details, please contact Dr. Ling Li at liling from biology.msstate.edu<mailto:liling from biology.msstate.edu>.
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MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Example of previous work:
Jones D, Zheng W, Huang S, Zhao X, Du C, Yennamalli RM, Sen TZ, Nettleton D, Wurtele ES, and Li L* (2016) A clade-specific Arabidopsis gene connects primary metabolism and senescence. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7: 983 (*corresponding author).
Li L*, Zheng W, Zhu Y, Ye H, Tang B, Arendsee Z, Jones D, Li R, Ortiz D, Zhao X, Du C, Nettleton D, Scott P, Salas-Fernandez M, Yin Y, and Wurtele ES* (2015) The QQS orphan gene regulates carbon and nitrogen partitioning across species via NF-YC interactions. PNAS, 112: 14734-14739 (*corresponding authors; Faculty of 1000 Recommendation, doi: 10.3410/f.725926590.793512579; Paper of the month in TAIR for Feb 2016).
Li L*, and Wurtele ES* (2015) The QQS orphan gene of Arabidopsis modulates carbon and nitrogen allocation in soybean. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 13: 177-187 (*corresponding authors).
Arendsee Z, Li L*, and Wurtele ES* (2014) Coming of age: The species-specific (orphan) genes of plant. Trends in Plant Science, 19: 698-708 (*corresponding authors; Chosen Top 10 Editorial Board Favorites 2014).
Li L, Foster C, Gan Q, Nettleton D, James MG, Myers AM, and Wurtele ES (2009) Identification of the novel protein QQS as a component of the starch metabolic network in Arabidopsis leaves. Plant Journal, 58: 485-498 (Faculty of 1000 Recommendation, DOI: 10.3410/f.1162758.624354).
Ling Li, Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
315 Harned Hall, 295 Lee Blvd
P.O. Box GY, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS 39762
Phone: (662) 325-7570
Fax: (662) 325-7939
Email: liling from biology.msstate.edu<mailto:liling from biology.msstate.edu>