Employment Opportunities



Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of Biochemistry, Redox Biology Center

We seek a highly motivated individual to join a team focused on understanding the central metabolism and biochemistry of methane-producing archaea. The Buan Laboratory has Federal and private industry funding to support an array of projects spanning renewable bioenergy production, synthetic biology, systems biology, and biophysical biochemistry topics. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the art facilities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, including but not limited to: the Redox Biology Center (protein crystallography, proteomics and metabolomics, biophysics core instrumentation), Bioprocess Development Facility (fermentation at commercial scale), Center for Biotechnology (microscopy and mass spectrometry), and the Holland Computing Center. A PhD degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology or a related field is required in addition to a passion for learning new techniques. The position offers competitive salary and benefits package. Lincoln, NE is a vibrant and safe city of over 300,000 that is consistently rated in the top 10 Best Places for Business and Careers and Top 10 Most Livable Cities (Forbes.com), #1 U.S. City Quality of Life (The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 2012), and a Top 10 college town (relocateamerica.com 2010). Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Submit cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Nicole Buan, N222 Beadle Center, P.O. Box 880664, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588, USA (nbuan2@unl.edu).

Buan Lab website: http://unlcms.unl.edu/biochemistry/buanlab/welcome

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The NIH-funded postdoctoral researcher position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Oleh Khalimonchuk at the Department of Biochemistry/ Redox Biology Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The laboratory is located in the George W. Beadle Center and offers supportive and collaborative international environment as well as the access to cutting edge proteomics, metabolomics, crystallography and imaging facilities.

We are looking for highly motivated, self-driven individuals with a PhD degree and knowledge and strong expertise in biochemistry, genetics, cellular physiology or related fields. Our research group is interested in fundamental processes underlying the key aspects of vital mitochondrial functions and their contribution to cardiovascular and aging-associated neurodegenerative diseases in humans. Current project aims to deduce why mitochondrial quality control proteases are essential for mitochondrial homeostasis, stress management and neuroprotection. The successful candidate will work on delineating the mechanism of stress-induced activation of the conserved protease Oma1 in both yeast model and cultured human neuronal cells. The aim of the project is to obtain detailed mechanistic and physiological insights on the impact of mitochondrial dysfunction due to failing protein quality control on the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and peripheral neuropathies.

The position offers competitive salary and benefits package. The starting date is flexible but preferably not later then January 2015. Please submit cover letter and curriculum vitae indicating names and contact information of three references to okhalimonchuk2@unl.edu

The University is located in a vibrant and safe city offering outstanding and affordable quality of life, and numerous multi-cultural and entertainment benefits. To learn more about the Department, UNL and life in Lincoln, please refer to the Department's webpage http://biochem.unl.edu

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The laboratory of Dr. Paul N. Black in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska has open postdoctoral positions to address fundamental questions in fatty acid trafficking and complex lipid metabolism. The Department is housed in the George W. Beadle Center, which includes state-of-the-art facilities in proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, crystallography, bioimaging, flow cytometry, bioinformatics, and biophysical spectroscopy. The Department of Biochemistry offers a highly collaborative environment for advanced training in the molecular life sciences.
     We are seeking candidates with experience using high-resolution mass spectrometry for experiments that are directed to follow the trafficking and metabolism of different classes of exogenous fatty acids in mammalian cell lines. These experimental strategies will be combined with Raman and coherent anti-stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) imaging. Expertise in mammalian cell culture and associated expression and knockdown technologies, lipid metabolism, and ability to apply state-of-the-art methods are preferred; candidates should e-mail their current CV, a description of their PhD work, and a list of three references to pblack2@unl.edu.
     A PhD in biochemistry or related field and publications in peer-reviewed journals are required. Lincoln Nebraska boasts an outstanding quality of life that includes fine culinary and artistic treasures, a live music scene and numerous parks, golf courses and bike trails.

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A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available for a PhD scientist to study the biosynthesis of sphingolipids and related lipids in higher plants and algae. In particular, the research aims to understand how flux into different lipid classes is regulated through the use of novel approaches using liquid-chromatography coupled to tandem mass-spectrometry (LC-MS). The ideal candidate will have experience in mass-spectrometry and/or the analysis of lipids and be skilled in basic biochemical and molecular biology techniques. This is a unique position for a higly motivated and talented scientist to develop their research career. Successful applicants must demonstrate excellent communication, writing and mentoring skills and the ability to work cooperatively within a team environment. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. This posotion is available from the summer of 2012 and will remain open until filled.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and names of three references to: Dr. Jonathan E. Markham, Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1901 Vine Street, Lincoln, NE  68588-0664 USA. Email enquiries to: jemarkham@unl.edu. Lab website: Markham website

Contact: Dr. Jonathan Markham
              Department of Biochemistry
              University of Nebraska-Lincoln
              1901 Vine Street
              N146 BEAD
              Lincoln, NE  68588-0664
              United States

              Email: jemarkham@unl.edu

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Biochemistry is looking for an exceptional and highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to develop multi-scale computational models, and algorithms and software tools to study biochemical networks involved in host-pathogen interactions. One of the main objectives of the project is the integration of biological data from various biological databases and across multiple scales into predictive computational and mathematical models. Using existing and newly developed computational models, the researcher will be responsible for identification of novel drug targets and development of biologically plausible disease models for experimental and clinical validations.

Candidates must have a PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biophysics, Computer Science, Engineering or a closely related field.

The researcher will work in collaboration with other members of the group, and will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects in an international and a highly interdisciplinary setting with laboratory scientists, computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

  • Experience with computational/mathematical modeling and simulations of networks (NOT limited to biological networks)
  • Strong computational skills (e.g., in the areas of Markov Models, machine learning, statistics, agent-based systems)
  • Prior experience in network inference and analysis
  • Experience with extracting and manipulating large data sets from various databases, and integration of these data into predictive computational models
  • Strong programming skills in C/C++ and/or Java, as well as R
  • Experience with algorithm design

If interested, please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Tomas Helikar at thelikar2@unl.edu

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