The BioDiscovery Institute delivers research solutions to underpin the utilization of biosystems for production of food/feed, polymers, construction materials, bioactive molecules, and biofuels. The institute operates through a pipeline linking sustainable plant production platforms, metabolic engineering and the development of new materials. The institute touts a multidisciplinary team of researchers committed to collaborating on large research projects with an emphasis on application of findings and solutions to meet market issues and needs. UNT is a student-focused research university with an emphasis on sustainability, UNT is the nation’s 25th largest public university, and is committed to serve its 44,000 students while powering the North Texas region through innovative education and research.
The postdoctoral research associate will conduct research on a project aiming at improving the production of industrially revelant fatty acids in a promising alternative crop, Physaria fendleri. More specifically, the postdoctoral researcher will combine metabolomics, transcriptomics with in vivo fluxes of carbon to identify and validate novel targets to improve oil quantity in Physaria. In addition, the employee will assist in training students, and preparing manuscripts/presentations. This work is part of a project funded by the US Department of Agriculture.
Doctorate in plant biology, biochemistry, biology or related field is required. Prior experience with at least two of the following approaches, Gas Chromatography (GC-MS or GC-FID), High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Liquid Chromatography tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), analysis of 13C-labeling, metabolomics, transcriptomics, fluxomics, sterile tissue culture is required.
Prior experience working with oilseed plants is highly desired. Strong scientific writing, communication, and teamwork skills are highly desired. Prior experience in the field of seed metabolism, and plant biochemistry is preferred.