Employment Opportunities

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in lipid metabolism and/or lipid signaling

The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for a tenure-track 9-month appointment (academic year) faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is part of a strategic growth plan by the Biochemistry Department and the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD), which is a NIH-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence at UNL. Applicants are sought who will develop a vigorous research program in the area of lipid metabolism, adipocyte biology or lipid-based signaling, with linkages to mitochondria biology, cell-cell and inter-organelle communication, or immunometabolic responses.

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, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent in biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, cell biology, physiology, microbiology or molecular biology; two or more years of postdoctoral experience; and a strong record of original research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred qualifications include experience in grant writing, teaching in biochemistry or related fields, mentoring students, excellent communication skills, and ability to work collaboratively.

The successful candidate will establish an externally supported research program that is nationally/internationally recognized and advances current knowledge in areas of lipid metabolism and signaling, nutritional biochemistry, and environmental and genetic risk factors and the mechanisms behind obesity and relevant human diseases. The incumbent will also provide expertise to the educational mission of the Department of Biochemistry and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources by contributing to the teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in biochemistry and lipid metabolism.

The university offers a highly collaborative environment to develop biomedical focused research programs with affiliated resources provided by the University Research Centers (NPOD, Redox Biology, Biotechnology, Virology, Integrated Biomolecular Communication, and Plant Science Innovation), Computational Sciences Initiative, NIH-funded graduate training program-Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, Nebraska Innovation Campus, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. University research facilities, such as the NPOD Biomedical and Obesity Research Core, support biomedical and obesity research, metabolomics, genomics, and computational approaches, modern biophysical and biochemical methodologies, and enzyme structure/function, and metabolic engineering. A competitive start-up package and appropriate laboratory and office space will be offered. To learn more about UNL, the Department of Biochemistry and NPOD, visit https://biochem.unl.edu and https://cehs.unl.edu/npod/ .

To view details of the position and apply, go to https://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_210125. Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, succinct statement of your research program, statement of philosophy and approach to teaching, and a statement of diversity and 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”. Additionally, applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to the search committee by email to biochemistrysearch@unl.edu or by mail to Search Committee, Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska, N200 Beadle Center, Lincoln, NE 68588-0664 USA. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 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

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Postdoctoral

Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Dr. Xinghui Sun Lab (posted 5/25/2021)

A postdoctoral position with competitive salaries and benefits is available in Dr. Xinghui Sun’s laboratory for highly motivated candidates who are interested in the pathogenesis of obesity, fatty liver disease, and atherosclerosis. A variety of experimental approaches including state-of-the-art cellular and molecular techniques, multi-omics profiling, and mouse phenotyping are employed to identify the key mechanisms underlying vascular dysfunction of these complex diseases. For more information about Sun lab, please visit the website: https://biochem.unl.edu/xinghui-sun.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in physiology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, or related disciplines, and have strong background in cell culture, biochemical and molecular biology techniques, and small animal model systems. Ability to work both independently and cooperatively within a team is essential. Previous training and experiences in one or more of the following research areas are preferred: 1) fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis; 2) multi-omics approaches, bioinformatics, and computational biology; 3) mitochondrial homeostasis; 4) protein posttranslational modifications such as neddylation in diseases; and 5) long non-coding RNAs. The Sun lab welcomes and strongly supports scientists with diverse backgrounds who are energetic and highly motivated for career advancement. Salary range is up to $46,000/annually depending on prior experience and qualifications. Generous benefits are included. This is a non-tenure NIH-funded position. The position will be available from August 2021.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and 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.

The Sun laboratory is located within the Department of Biochemistry. The current faculty members in the department work on high-impact research projects related to areas such as metabolism and metabolic engineering, molecular mechanisms of disease, plant science, and structure biology. This provides an outstanding cross-disciplinary research environment that contributes to highly successful, nationally, and internationally recognized research programs. The Sun lab interacts with other PIs within the department, at the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (https://cehs.unl.edu/npod/), and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (about 60 min drive) to create an excellent research environment.

The university is located in Lincoln, the capital city of the U.S. state Nebraska. Lincoln 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. Lincoln ranked #9 best places to live in U.S. by Livability.com in 2019. To learn more about Lincoln, visit https://www.unl.edu/lincoln/about-lincoln.

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_210061. Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the application. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, statement of research, anticipated contributions, and your experience contributing to inclusive environments; 2) your curriculum vitae; 3) statements that describe your philosophy and approach to research (combine into one document and attach as “Other Document”). Arrange for three confidential professional letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Xinghui Sun at xsun17@unl.edu . Review of applications to begin on June 28, 2021, and continue until the position is filled, or the search is closed.

The University of Nebraska‐Lincoln is 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 (posted 5/27/2021)

A postdoctoral research associate position with competitive salary and benefit is available in Dr. Limei Zhang’s group for highly motivated candidates who are interested in redox biology, infectious disease and/or structural biology. The Zhang Group applies a suite of interdisciplinary tools to investigate the structure-mechanism relationships of metalloproteins in redox reaction, stress response and antibiotic resistance, with the support of two major federal grants. For more information about the Zhang Group, please visit the website: https://biochem.unl.edu/limei-zhang

Job Responsibility: We seek a postdoc to investigate the roles and underlying mechanisms of bioactive molecules in metallocluster homeostasis and stress response. The duties of the postdoctoral fellow include independently design and conduct high-quality research experiments for the assigned project under the supervisor’s guidance; analyze data and draft manuscripts for publication; take roles in the lab maintenance with other group members; and assist the supervisor to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Qualifications: The Required qualifications include a recent Ph.D. degree (or expected soon) in biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, or a related field; a strong record in conducting high-quality research. Completion of Ph.D. is required prior to start of work. Preferred qualifications include expertise in advanced molecular biology (e.g. ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, or gene manipulation in bacteria) and microbiology, protein biochemistry and analytical biochemistry. Experience in transcriptional regulation or extraction of bioactive molecules is highly appreciated. A successful candidate is also expected to have good communication skills, work cooperatively on multidisciplinary projects, and have mentoring experience.

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.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) 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.

How to apply: To view details of the position and create an application, go to https://employment.unl.edu. Search for position F_210032. Click on “Apply to this job”. Complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest with a short summary of past research experience; 2) your curriculum vitae; 3) list of references. Send contact information for three professional references, including phone numbers and emails to limei.zhang@unl.edu. Review of applications to begin on June 28, 2021, 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

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Laboratory Technician – Dr. Katarzyna Glowacka Lab

The Glowacka lab at the Department of Biochemistry at UNL is located in the Beadle Center and works on improvement of photosynthesis in crops combining the studies of natural variation with the advantage of synthetic biology approaches. The lab is looking to hire a lab technician to assist with ongoing projects. The successful candidate can expect to get training in multiple physiological and molecular biology techniques.

Laboratory Technician Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in transgenic manipulation of gene expression in Arabidopsis and tobacco including the creation of plasmid constructs for genetic manipulation, the transformation process itself, and the screening of potentially transgenic plants.
  • Taking care of plant material in the greenhouse by setting experiments, fertilizing, watering, repotting, bagging plants, performing plants’ crosses, collecting seeds and keeping seeds inventory updated;
  • Communicating with the greenhouse management team about planned experiments and the need of preparation for greenhouse supplies;
  • Performing physiological measurements, archiving the collected data and helping with analyses of the collected data
  • Assisting during a field experiments in summer months by collecting samples and measurements from the field;
  • Keeping an inventory of the lab to ensure that reagents, solutions and consumables are well stocked, and for maintaining the cleanliness of the lab, in coordination with several undergraduates.

The daily duties could include nucleic acid extraction, performing PCR; preparation of growth media and stock solution, passaging the tissue cultures, watering plants in the greenhouse; collecting seeds; taking the fluorescence images of plant material.

Work Hours & Benefits:

This temporary position will be 30 hours per week at a rate of $14/hour. Temporary appointments can be for a maximum of two years. This position will initially be hired for 6 months/1 year with the possibility of being extended for up to two years based on performance and available funding. Positions that are longer than six months and half-time or greater will receive benefits. These include health/dental insurance and vacation/sick leave. (Does not include tuition remission, administrative/funeral leave, holiday pay or UNL contributions to retirement).  Temporary appointments of six months of less are not eligible for benefits

Qualifications / Skills:

  • Familiarity with a lab environment
  • Ability to learn new techniques and follow the protocols,
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to critically interpret results and solve problems
  • Reliability
  • Paying attention to the details
  • Good communication skills.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or biochemistry or closely related discipline
  • Valid and current driver’s license
  • Basic computer knowledge (Word and Excel) and skills in the lab information systems is desirable
  • Previous experience working in the lab is preferred
  • Experience in molecular biology and/or plant biotechnology and plant physiology is preferable but not necessary.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their CV or resume and three professional references to kglowacka2@unl.edu.

Visit https://www.glowackalab.com/announcement for more information or contact Kasia Glowacka (kglowacka2@unl.edu).

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) 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.

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