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Research Laboratory Technician

RIPE is looking for a technician to work at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The position involves conducting laboratory work on the function and expression of photosynthetic proteins involving processing plant tissue, taking biochemical and physiological measurements, and keeping detailed written reports.

Candidates should have a bachelor's degree, preferably a master's degree, in biochemistry, physiology, horticulture, biology, or other disciplines and a background in biochemistry. An ability to work with radiation (14C) is also required. Knowledge of RNA and protein extraction, immunoblotting, statistics, and experimental designs preferred. A full list of required and preferred qualifications can be found here.

Applications must be submitted through the Illinois job portal by 6pm (CST) on Wednesday, May 10th.


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.