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Join Our Team

Academic Hourly (half-time) in the Crop Transformation Facility
The position’s primary function is the construction and validation of plasmids for plant transformation.

 Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 25% Construction and validation of DNA constructs
  • 10% Preparation and maintenance of chemical and biological stocks
  • 8% Lab documentation and upkeep of relevant databases
  • 4% Progress reports and communication about the status of orders
  • 3% Distribute reagents between RIPE members

Position Requirements and Qualifications

Education Required:  Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, or other Life Sciences


Required: Experience in molecular cloning, PCR, restriction digest

Preferred: Experience in Golden-Gate cloning and/or automated liquid handling automation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required: Knowledge of molecular cloning, PCR, lab documentation, excellent organizational skills, excellent communication skills, and ability to prioritize multiple tasks effectively.

Preferred: Knowledge of electronic lab notebooks (Benchling), Sanger sequencing/sequence alignments, and automation techniques.

Environmental Demands:  Willing to perform routine repetitive tasks in a laboratory with non-hazardous materials.

Salary will be an hourly rate commensurate with experience and qualifications. Start date to be immediately upon hire. Position will be posted until it is filled. For more information or to apply contact Ben Haas,


Postdoctoral Researcher in Leonelli Lab

Join a team at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that is working towards Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) in crops. A Postdoctoral Researcher position is available in Dr. Laurie Leonelli’s group to pioneer innovation in photosynthesis research. Our group develops tools to manipulate energy harvesting, energy dissipation, and carotenoid composition in crop canopies. These strategies have demonstrated potential to increase yields without compromising sustainability. Come grow with us!

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, experience in genomics, molecular biology and biochemistry, and an eager willingness to learn and apply new techniques. Positive attitude is required, experience with photosynthesis is a strong plus. This position is highly cross-disciplinary in nature and a spirit of collaboration is expected. The field component of this position requires a current US driver’s license.

To learn more or apply for this position, please send your CV, a cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Leonelli at Please use the subject line, “Last name_Postdoc2023” in your email.

In the Leonelli lab, we believe that strength and insight come from our differences and we are strongly committed to embracing diversity and creating an inclusive work environment for all. Individuals traditionally minoritized in STEM (and people returning to work after prolonged absences, e.g. maternity/paternity leave) are encouraged to apply. Illinois is a world-leading center for photosynthesis research with multi-million-dollar investments in people and state-of-the-art facilities. Situated in an affordable college town, it is also a fabulous place to live, learn, and play.



Lancaster University has three open positions on their RIPE team
Applications are now open for two postdoctoral researchers in plant molecular physiology and one specialist biochemistry technician within the team.

These new positions are to work on the recently funded phase 3 of the RIPE project. We aim to contribute to end hunger worldwide by improving the complex process of photosynthesis to increase crop production. At Lancaster, we focus on improving the regulation of Rubisco and the thermal tolerance of carbon assimilation in the legume crops cowpea and soybean.

These three new positions will join an existing RIPE team consisting of PIs, research technicians and postgraduate students. The team works collaboratively to deliver the project milestones, advance knowledge on Rubisco and its regulation, and contribute to making cowpea and soybean more productive and climate resilient.

To learn more on these 3 positions please follow the links below the Lancaster University Jobs page.

Please note that for each position we are open to applications of varying experience.

Detailed instructions for preparing an application are available via the links.

Informal email enquiries to either Elizabete Carmo-Silva or Doug Orr are welcome, however applications will not be accepted via email.

Senior/Specialist Biochemistry Technician:

Senior/ Research Associate in Plant Molecular Physiology (Rubisco regulation)

Senior/ Research Associate in Plant Molecular Physiology (Thermal tolerance):