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  • 06 Jul 2017 11:37 AM | Terry Bricker

    A postdoctoral research position in the laboratory of Terry M. Bricker is available for the study of: 1) ROS production sites in the cytochrome b6f complex and Photosystem I, and/or, 2) the protein composition and structural properties of PS II assembly factors in higher plants. These questions will be addressed by high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry, isotopic labeling and protein crosslinking.  Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or a related discipline.  Anticipated hire date is on or after October, 1 2017, pending final approval. LSU is an equal opportunity/access institution with a commitment to diversity. 

    To apply visit:

  • 29 May 2017 11:35 AM | Danny Tholen
    A three-year PhD position funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) will become available at the Institute of Botany, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Universität für Bodenkultur Vienna, Austria. Tentative start date of the project is October 2017.

    Leaves have an intricate structure that is well-known to affect their ability to perform photosynthesis. It remains difficult to describe quantitatively how anatomical features, such as cell shape, chloroplast positions, etc. affect the photosynthetic process. Although three-dimensional reaction diffusion models of the leaf anatomy have been developed, they have not often been parametrized by accurate measurements of anatomy and physiology.

    Recent work has shown that leaf anatomy can change rapidly under drought stress, and this provides an interesting opportunity to examine the effect of anatomy on leaf photosynthesis in detail. To this end, high-resolution three-dimensional images are obtained for poplar leaves exposed to water deficits. At the same time, the photosynthetic performance of the leaves will be characterized by gas-exchange measurements. The anatomy observed during these experiments will be analysed using state-of-the-art reaction diffusion models of the leaf. Apart from visits to collaborators (France, Canada and/or Japan), work will be based in Vienna.

    The ideal candidate has experience electron and/or light microscopy, sample preparation (including microtome), gas-exchange, leaf hydraulic measurements and good English writing skills. Courses in various ecophysiological techniques relevant to the project will also be offered during the studies.

    Interested candidates should contact Danny Tholen (daniel.tholen At Formal applications including a curriculum vitae, a letter explaining why you are interested in this research and two letters of support should be received before July 15.
  • 29 Nov 2016 3:35 PM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)

    Solar Fuels Project Scientist - 83169
    Organization: CH-Chemical Sciences

    Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

    Position Summary:
    Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division ( has an opening for a Solar Fuels Project Scientist . This position provides technical and scientific leadership responsible for design, fabrication, characterization and testing of solar fuels devices. There are currently two relevant programs requiring this position, and it is expected that the incumbent will participate in both. One is at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, led by the California Institute of Technology and involving Berkeley Lab as a major partner. It was founded in 2010, and has been renewed through FY 2020 for $75 million over 5 years. It is a mission-driven, highly team oriented multidisciplinary Center with a fast-paced research program that relies on devices and test beds for validating new materials, and is currently working on solar reduction of CO2 to useful transportation fuels. The other is in HydroGEN, a new Energy Materials Network (EMN) established by EERE in 2016, which is focused on translational research to develop technologies for renewable sources of hydrogen from water splitting.  Led by NREL, the current core National Labs for the EMN are Lawrence Berkeley, NREL, Sandia, Idaho, Savannah River and Lawrence Livermore. You will be involved in all aspects of solar fuel device conceptualization, construction and testing, including device and chassis design and process design and optimization, development of fabrication techniques, and construction of experimental apparatuses and tooling for measurements.

    What You Will Do:
    • Lead and serve as technical expert in solar fuels device construction and testing.
    • Conduct collaborative and independent research on solar fuel production and technology implementation strategies.
    • Participate in multifunctional, multi-institutional technical teams in the solar fuels programs that apply engineering and scientific concepts and practices in areas such as design of experimental apparatuses and development of measurement methods.
    • Lead efforts to investigate, create and develop new devices, methods and techniques for project advancement, and solve complex problems in creative and effective ways.
    • Maintain comprehensive laboratory records documenting technical activities, standard operating procedures and processes of record.
    • Provide leadership for maintaining and developing current capabilities and creating new ones for solar fuel device research.
    • Prepare and write presentations and manuscripts for internal use and peer reviewed publications and national meeting presentations.
    • Participate in and contribute to program reviews and planning workshops.
    • Provide information and consultation in response to requests from outside JCAP and HydroGEN and Laboratory. 

    What Is Required:
    • Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics or related field and minimum of 5 years professional experience.
    • Demonstrated hands-on skills, knowledge and work experience in solar fuels device fabrication, development and testing.
    • Experienced user (responsible for maintenance and user training) of specialized materials processing tools and analytical instruments in a multi-user environment.
    • Demonstrated commitment to safe laboratory operations and experience in safety training and leadership.
    • Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with ability to accomplish goals both in a leadership role and as a team member as the work requires.  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with scientists, engineers, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates from multiple backgrounds.
    • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and tasks in parallel and meet programmatic milestones and project timelines.
    • Proven ability to supervise the activities of others.

    Additional Desired Qualifications:
    • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or related field and minimum of 5 years professional experience post-PhD relevant to the position.
    • Publication record demonstrating technical depth and breadth commensurate with the requirements of the position.

    The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

    • This is a full time, 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment  based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
    • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
    • Salary is commensurate with experience.
    • This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
    • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

    How To Apply
    Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

    Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4 ( Click here ( to view the poster: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law”.

  • 26 Sep 2016 1:58 PM | Robert Blankenship

    Mass Spectrometry staff position

    Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Staff Scientist Position available in the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC) Mass Spectrometry Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Chemistry (RE Blankenship, Director; ML Gross, PI). This laboratory is joined with the NIH Research Resource at Washington University (ML Gross, PI)

    A staff mass spectrometrist position is available for a PhD scientist to develop and apply mass spectrometry in protein biophysics and structural proteomics as related to photosynthetic antenna complexes in the setting of the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center, PARC, The scientist will collaborate with other PI’s who are members of PARC and provide mass spectrometry service in protein science and other macromolecules that are mimics of photosynthetic antenna. The scientist will also develop and apply methods in chemical crosslinking, Fast Photochemical Oxidation of Proteins (FPOP), H/D amide exchange, other protein footprinting, native mass spectrometry, ion mobility, and electron-capture dissociation.  This position is funded in full by the DOE for a period of 2 y with opportunity for additional funding for additional years.

    The laboratory is staffed by 5 permanent scientists, 8 PhD students, and 5 postdoctoral students.  The instruments used for PARC research are a Thermo QE+, a Waters Synapt G2, a reconditioned Waters QToF for high m/z research, and a Thermo EMR.  Measurements are also possible on another Thermo QE, a 12 T Bruker Fourier transform ICR mass spectrometer, a Bruker MaXis High Performance QToF, a Thermo Orbitrap, a Thermo LTQ-FT ICR (7 T).

    The candidate should have a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, or related field and have experience in mass spectrometry, protein science, and preferably with photosynthesis.  The minimum salary is $45,500 per year.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, protected veteran, or disability status.

    Applicants should contact Robert Blankenship ( and also submit an application to the Washington University Human Resources Department ( The job ID is 34246.



  • 11 Aug 2016 2:32 AM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)
    A three-year post-doctoral position is available to investigate the role of protein phosphorylation in the assembly and repair of the photosystem II complex in chloroplasts using a combination of chloroplast transformation and state-of-the-art techniques to analyse effects on the assembly and dynamics of the photosynthetic apparatus and perturbations to whole plant photosynthesis. Experience with chloroplast transformation would be an advantage. The project is part of a collaboration involving Professor Peter Nixon at Imperial College London, Professor Conrad Mullineaux and Dr Chris Duffy at Queen Mary, University of London and Dr Tracy Lawson at the University of Essex. For more information about the Nixon group, please go to Interested applicants should send a CV including the names of three referees to Peter Nixon at: Informal enquiries welcome.
  • 02 May 2016 4:36 AM | Claudia Büchel
    15 PhD positions are offered by the Innovative Training Network “Solar Energy to Biomass – Opimisation of light energy conversion in plants and microalgae” or short “SE2B”. SE2B is a multi-site Initial Training & Research Program of research institutions from the public and private sector in eight European countries. The aim is to

    1. understand the regulation mechanisms important for light use efficiency, and their evolution from algae to land plants, structure/function studies of the key proteins in non-photochemical quenching (NPQ), PsbS and LhcSR, and of the role of xanthophylls in specific LHC antenna proteins in plants and algae will be crucial. This includes the elucidation of the molecular basis for long-term quenching in evergreen trees over winter. Together with the development of an automated phenotyping system these results will be used to exploit the effect of xanthophyll over-accumulation on light harvesting versus photoprotection for biomass production in algae.

    2. elucidate the supercomplex dynamics during regulation phenomena in plants and microalgae to understand (i) how light-harvesting systems together with photosystems are organized in the lipid bilayer environment during NPQ and/or state-transition (ST), (ii) how the polarity of the membrane, determined by the lipid composition and the phosphorylation of the thylakoid proteins, affects the light absorption properties and the structural and functional dynamics of the supercomplexes, and (iii) how these dynamics affect the entire organism at the gene expression level.

    3. to investigate the role of thylakoid membrane flexibility in light use efficiency by characterising the functional and structural reorganization of thylakoid membranes during NPQ and ST in vivo, and by comparing these effects in cyanobacteria, green algae and diatoms, to determine the extent to which NPQ and ST make use of the same underlying physical mechanisms in different organisms.

    PhD students participate in an exciting research programme and receive a strongly interdisciplinary training in all scientific areas involved as well as in complementary skills. The program also includes extended stays in partner laboratories (secondments).

    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 675006. 

    For details and to apply see:

    Individual Research Projects available:

    1. Structural and functional analysis LhcSR and PsbS proteins regulating photosynthetic light use efficiency.
    PhD position, group of Roberto Bassi, Universita degli Studi di Verona, Italy.

    2. Changes in energy fluxes during NPQ in LHCII and PS II-LHCII complexes.
    PhD position, group of Alexander Ruban, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom.

    3. The role of certain proteins in quenching mechanisms in evergreens.
    PhD position, group of Stefan Jansson, Umeå Universitet, Sweden.

    4. Systems for non-invasive monitoring of plant fitness and growth performance.
    PhD position, group of Klára Panzarová, Photon Systems Instruments Spol SRO, Czech Republic.

    5. Using algal mutants for enhanced carotenoid production.
    PhD position, group of Claudia Büchel, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    6. Changes in supercomplex formation related to functional changes (NPQ and ST).
    PhD position, group of Roberta Croce, Stichting Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands Closed

    7. Dynamics of thylakoid pigment-protein complexes – consequences on functional genomics of the entire organism.
    PhD position, group of Eva-Mari Aro, University of Turku, Finland.

    8. Dynamics of supercomplexes in the thylakoid membrane of diatoms.
    PhD position, group of Claudia Büchel, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

    9. Mechanisms involving the antenna that regulate the energy flux to reaction centers in cyanobacteria.
    PhD Postdoc position, group of Diana Kirilovsky, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France.

    10. Molecular structure of supercomplexes under different conditions.
    PhD position, group of Egbert Boekema, Groningen Universiity, Netherlands in coorperation with group of Roman Kouřil, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic.

    11. Photosynthetic Membranes: from molecular to membrane organisation.
    PhD position, group of Bruno Robert, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France.

    12. Regulation of the photosynthetic membrane landscape in cyanobacteria.
    PhD position, group of Conrad Mullineaux, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom.

    13. Changes at the membrane level during NPQ and state transitions.
    PhD position, group of Herbert van Amerongen, Wageningen University, Netherlands.

    14. Improvement of secondary metabolites production in cyanobacteria under external stress.
    PhD position, group of Céline Bourcier de Carbon, Phycosource SARL, France.

    15. Quantifying photosynthesis in intact photosynthetic algae and cyanobacteria.
    PhD position, group of Jan Dekker/Ivo van Stokkum, Stichting Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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