Research Associate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Michigan State University College of Natural Science
United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

Job no: 654328
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Cns 10032098
Salary: 48671.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The TerAvest, Hausinger, and Hegg labs are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to explore new routes for efficient, electrode-driven carbon and nitrogen fixation with bacterial catalysts. The goal of the project is to engineer a protein-based electron conduit to transfer electrons from extracellular electrodes to intracellular electron carriers in bacteria.  The key challenge in the project will be re-engineering a membrane-integrated redox protein to alter its redox potential and binding partners. This project will afford opportunities for the researcher to interact with three highly active research groups and develop a new research area at the nexus of synthetic biology, protein engineering, an bioenergy. A detailed mentoring plan will be developed in collaboration with the successful candidate to ensure that they can meet their professional and personal goals during their postdoctoral work at MSU.

Duties include: Perform rigorous, high-quality research to address the project goals, engage in joint projects with members of the three collaborating labs, publish research articles and present research at national and international meetings, engage with the MSU research community.

Required Degree

Doctorate -biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, b

Minimum Requirements

PhD in biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, bioengineering, or related field.

Desired Qualifications

Background in metalloenzymology, protein engineering, biophysics and/or bioenergetics.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a CV, a 1-page statement of research experience and interest, and a writing sample (may be published work, dissertation chapter, or other).

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on July 15 and continue until filled. For more information about the position, contact Dr. TerAvest at, Dr. Hausinger at, or Dr. Hegg at


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jun 16, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Jul 31, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time

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