Employment Opportunities

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry/Molecular Science Educator

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is committed to world-class education and research. Reflecting the institutional commitment to building infrastructure in science literacy and biochemistry education, UNL has released a tenure track position for a nine-month (academic year) tenure-leading Assistant Professor faculty position (70% teaching/extension and 30% research) in the Department of Biochemistry addressing discipline-based education research in biochemistry and the molecular life sciences through critical thinking, experimental-testing, molecular modeling, and inferential logic. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent in biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular life science education or closely related field, a minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience, experience in teaching biochemistry and the development of novel pedagogical tools and evidence of scholarship in biochemistry and/or molecular biology through publications and presentations. Preferred qualifications include experience in teaching in biochemistry and/or molecular biology educational programs (lecture and/or laboratory) and working in science outreach, with a particular focus on K-12 students, evidence of engagement in biochemistry, molecular biology and/or cell biology societies at the national level, excellent communication skills, and ability to work cooperatively on multidisciplinary projects in advancing biochemistry and molecular life sciences education. The incumbent is expected to establish a high impact, nationally and internationally recognized research, extension, and teaching program contributing to the discipline-based education research and science literacy programs leading to the development of novel pedagogical strategies deployed in the classroom and laboratory. Through extension and teaching programming, the incumbent will also work collaboratively to develop educational strategies in the molecular life sciences for K-12 schools and non-formal learning environments, resulting in national leadership in youth education in the molecular life sciences. It is expected that these efforts will increase awareness and interest in careers related to science literacy, including online modules, experiential programs (e.g., boot camps to community-driven programs in the molecular life sciences), computational modeling, and strategies to enhance critical thinking through student writing and presentations. The incumbent will contribute to the teaching mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and in particular through instruction in core biochemistry courses that serve the broader life sciences community that include delivery to non-traditional learners (e.g., on-line courses for continuing education), as well as recruiting, advising, and mentoring. The incumbent is expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university levels.

Required: Ph.D. or equivalent in biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular life science education or closely related field; A minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience or equivalent; Experience in teaching biochemistry and the development of novel pedagogical tools; Evidence of scholarship in biochemistry and/or molecular biology through publications and presentations. Preferred requirements: Experience in teaching in biochemistry and/or molecular biology educational programs (lecture and/or laboratory); Experience in working in science outreach, with a particular focus on K-12 students; Evidence of engagement in biochemistry, molecular biology and/or cell biology societies at the national level; Excellent communication skills; Ability to work cooperatively on multidisciplinary projects in advancing biochemistry and molecular life sciences education.

A great and thriving place to live, Lincoln Nebraska is a bustling city of 310,000 with more than 125 parks, including Wilderness Park with miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. The Lincoln Trails Network is consistently named as one of the top 10 great public spaces in the US. The city is also known for excellence in the fine arts that includes the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Sheldon Museum of Art, Pinewood Bowl, Pinnacle Bank Arena and numerous small venues. Lincoln is ranked at the very top as the happiest and healthiest city in America and has a top 10 best downtown.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Department of Biochemistry are committed to creating learning, research, extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.

To learn more about the University of Nebraska, Department of Biochemistry visit https://biochem.unl.edu. To view all of the requirements and to apply, go to https://employment.unl.edu/#jobs, requisition F_200065. Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) succinct statement of your research program, 4) statement of philosophy and approach to teaching, and 5) statement of your experience contributing to inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum). Note: please combine research, teaching, and diversity statements into a single pdf document and attach as “Other Document.” Applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to the search committee via email to biochemistrysearch@unl.edu or via mail to: Search Committee Department of Biochemistry University of Nebraska N200 Beadle Center Lincoln, NE 68588-0664 USA. Review of applications will begin April 17, 2020 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Postdoctoral

Postdoctoral Research Position - Dr. Oleh Khalimonchuk Lab (posted 10/08/2019)

We are looking for a talented and self-driven postdoctoral fellow to join Dr. Oleh Khalimonchuk’s laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Postdoctoral candidates should have recently received their degree with a strong background and track record in organelle biology, molecular cell biology, protein biochemistry or related field. Preference will be given to candidates experienced with human/mammalian cell culture work. The position is effective immediately and offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

The successful candidate will work on an NIH-funded project encompassing both the mechanistic and functional studies to understand fundamental roles of evolutionarily conserved protein quality control factors in mitochondrial fidelity and cellular health. The candidate’s research will focus on: 1) delineating new disease-relevant mechanism by which mitochondrial architecture is regulated; 2) investigating the critical physiological role of several proteolytic modules in the maintenance of mitochondrial ion homeostasis; and 3) determining structural basis for the function of two quality control factors of biomedical relevance. This work will help us better understand how mitochondrial fidelity is achieved and maintained, and how failing mitochondrial homeostasis contributes to aging-related degenerative disorders such as ALS, parkinsonism, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Khalimonchuk lab is located in the George W. Beadle Center and offers a vigorous and supportive research environment and access to state-of-the-art proteomics, metabolomics, crystallography and imaging facilities.

More information about the lab can be found at https://biochem.unl.edu/khalimonchuk-lab-page#home

The University is located in a vibrant and safe city offering outstanding and affordable quality of life, and numerous multi-cultural and entertainment benefits. Lincoln has been repeatedly named one of the best places to live and work in the United States.

https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019/ne/lincoln

https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/best-cities-for-creative-professionals-2019

Interested? Please send a brief statement specifying why you are interested in this position, a
CV along with any manuscripts or preprints reflecting your previous work, and contact
information for three references to okhalimonchuk2@unl.edu

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination

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Postdoctoral Position at the Department of Biochemistry and Redox Biology Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln NE, USA

One postdoctoral research associate position in molecular biology and/or structural biology is immediately available in Prof. Limei Zhang’s group at the Dept. of Biochemistry and the Redox Biology Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA (http://biochem.unl.edu). The research in the Zhang Laboratory focuses on the structure-mechanism relationship of proteins in redox biology, stress response and antibiotic resistance.

The successful candidates are expected to have the following requirements:

  • Have a recent PhD degree (or expected soon) in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology or similar field with track record in conducting high quality research.
  • Expertise in advanced molecular biology, protein biochemistry or structural biology is highly desired
  • With excellent communication and collaborative skills

The position offers competitive salary and benefits package.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in a vibrant and safe city offering outstanding and affordable quality of life, and numerous multi-cultural and entertainment benefits. The Redox Biology Center is organized as a broad-based interdisciplinary and multi-institutional entity involving researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and offers supportive and collaborative international environment as well as access to cutting edge proteomics, metabolomics, crystallography, and NMR facilities.

To apply for the position, please submit a letter of interest with a short summary of past research experience; your curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references, including phone numbers and emails to limei.zhang@unl.edu

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination

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Postdoctoral Position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of Biochemistry and Center for Plant Science Innovation
Lincoln, NE USA

The Glowacka Lab at the university (www.glowackalab.com) seeks an enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to conduct research on improving chilling tolerance in C4 crops. The C4 plants include the most productive crops in the world, however they are also highly sensitive to low temperatures. Therefore, increasing chilling tolerance could enlarge area where C4 crops could be grown and extend their growing season. In consequence, the more chilling tolerant photosynthesis would give the opportunity to increase the crop yield and to help meet the world's needs for food and fuel. 

The advertised position will involve investigation of the natural variation of photosynthesis in chilling to identify new genetic sources and molecular mechanisms associated with chilling tolerance. The successful candidate will apply recent advances in photosynthesis research and crop bioengineering for study and improve crop chilling tolerance. The gained knowledge will be used to applied studies for improving tolerance to chilling in C4 crops like maize, and biocrop of sorghum and Miscanthus.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Prospective candidates need a PhD in plant biology, plant genetics, plant biotechnology or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated skills in one or more of the following areas of photosynthesis research are required: molecular biology and genetics, plant transformation, use of available bioinformatics resources and/or gas exchange.

The duties of this position require that the incumbent have a strong background in plant molecular biology, GWAS, QTL mapping and plant biochemistry/physiology and be broadly knowledgeable of photosynthesis. Good oral and written communication skills coupled with the ability to work independently and cooperatively are required.

PROPOSED START DATE: Start date as early as October 2018, but flexible.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPOINTMENT STATUS: 2 years, contingent on performance.  After a period of 2 years appointment depends on future funding. Own source of financial support highly desirable.

APPLICATION PROCESS: For more information about the position and to apply please contact Katarzyna Glowacka at kglowacka2@unl.edu. The application should contain a letter of application, resume/CV, and three professional references including phone number and e-mail address.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.