Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Georgia

United States

December 22, 2021

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Posting Details Posting Number G/R03478P

Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate Department VPR-Complex Carbohyd Rsch Ctr About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https: // www. uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department College/Unit/Department website Employment Type Employee Additional Schedule Information Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 06/28/2019 Posting Date 06/14/2019 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Location of Vacancy Athens Area EOO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

UGA Statement

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit https: // coronavirus.uga.edu/executive-order/ or call (706) 542-2222.

Duties/Responsibilities

Please approximate the percentage of time spent on each task (out of 100%) during a typical work week. List these tasks in order of importance, with the most critical task coming first. Do not list more than 6 entries – do not go below 5% time per assigned duty.

Duties/Responsibilities

Investigate plant cell wall biosynthesis as it relates to plant yield, sustainability and wall architecture

Percentage of time 30 Duties/Responsibilities

Characterize enzymes involved in the synthesis of non-glycosyl polysaccharide substituents and their effects on biomass composition and deconstruction

Percentage of time 30 Duties/Responsibilities

Understand synthesis of wall structures that negatively impact consolidated bioprecessing

Percentage of time 30 Duties/Responsibilities

Prepare oral or written reports, write manuscripts, and maintain concise records of the research carried out as part of this project

Percentage of time 10

Position Details Classification Title Post-Doctoral Associate AD

FLSA Exempt UGA Job Code Job Family FTE 100 Minimum Qualifications Position Summary

The postdoctoral research associate will work on a DOE funded project for the Center for BioEnergy Innovation to identify and characterize glycosyltransferase enzymes and enzyme complexes involved in cell wall polysaccharide biosynthesis in poplar and switchgrass to inform plant metabolic engineering strategies to improve biomass structure. He/she will also design experiments to identify and characterize the mechanisms of action and substrate specificities of enzymes responsible for non-glycosyl modification of polysaccharides. Enzymes from the plant TBL/DUF231 and DUF579 families will be the focal point of acetylation and methylation research. The candidate will be leading efforts to determine biocatalytic activities of recombinant enzymes and their saccharide products using state of the art physical and spectroscopic techniques, including HPLC, MALDI-TOF MS, 1H-NMR, and ESI-MS. He/she will also be expected to prepare oral or written reports, write manuscripts, and maintain concise records of the research carried out as part of this project, and attend monthly CBI project calls and the annual CBI retreat. Some additional travel may be required.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position

A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, plant biology or a related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates who have hands-on experience with structural analyses of complex glycans and heterologous expression and purification of recombinant proteins and structural biology. Previous experience in characterization of enzymes involved in polysaccharide biosynthesis and deconstruction is encouraged. Strong communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English are essential as is the ability to work in a collaborative scientific environment.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Physical Demands

Normal for laboratory work

Is this a Position of Trust? Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a requirement of this position? Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No

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