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Job ID: 192709

Research Scientist I
University of North Texas

Date Posted Aug. 23, 2022
Title Research Scientist I
University University of North Texas
Denton, TX, United States
Department UNT-Biological Sciences-121100
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - Biochemistry
    Biology - General
    Botany/Plant Sciences

Department Summary
The Department of Biological Sciences, one of four departments in the College of Science, has over 40 faculty, 175 graduate and 3,000 undergraduate students. Our faculty is a community of scholars dedicated to research and teaching in Ecology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, and Organismal-environment interactions. We offer Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Medical Laboratory Science, and Forensic Science, and Masters and PhDs in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Environmental Science. We measure our success by the success of our students and the quality of our intellectual contributions to society.

UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

Position Summary
The laboratory of Dr. Ana Alonso in the BioDiscovery Institute at the University of North Texas is seeking for a highly motivated Research Scientist (level I). The Research Scientist will work on a project aiming to improve the nutritional value and oil content in soybean seeds. More specifically, the candidate will perform 13C-labeling in transgenic soybean embryos, monitor the labeling in intermediaries of central metabolism by LC-MS/MS and GC-MS, and build a mathematical model to calculate the in vivo fluxes. The goal is to generate a carbon flux map to identify metabolic control points that govern protein and oil content in both conventional and transgenic soybean lines. This work is part of a multi-institutional project funded by the United Soybean Board for 3 years. Therefore, good social skills and the ability to work within a team work are highly desired. In the meantime, if you have questions or want further information, feel free to contact me (

Minimum Qualifications
Education Required: Doctorate in plant science, biochemistry, biology, or related field.
At least five years of experience in the field of plant biochemistry and/or plant central metabolism with publications demonstrating the active contribution of the candidate to this field of study
Prior experience with at least three of the following approaches: isotopic labeling, sterile tissue culture, Liquid Chromatography tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), metabolomics, transcriptomics, and mathematical modeling is required.

Preferred Qualifications
Prior experience working on plant metabolism
Strong scientific writing and communication skills
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills

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