Keegstra Bioenergy Research Fellowship Program

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) invites applications for the Keegstra Bioenergy Research Fellowships in integrative bioenergy sciences. We are recruiting talented and highly motivated postdoctoral fellows for projects that cross the traditional bioenergy boundaries of plant genetics, biomass deconstruction, microbial engineering, and sustainability. Candidates must be within three years of a PhD degree at the start of the fellowship and must not have been previously associated with GLBRC.

Keegstra Fellows play a special role in enhancing cross-team research integration within GLBRC, promoting interdisciplinary approaches to advance research in lignocellulosic bioenergy and bioproducts. Successful candidates will work with two faculty mentors, each based in one of the Center’s research areas: field-to-product integration, sustainable cropping systems, and efficient biomass conversion. 

The Keegstra Fellowships are two-year appointments with a salary starting at $60,000 per year.

Keegstra Fellowship Topic Areas

See below for descriptions of the topic areas we are currently recruiting and contact information for each position's advisors. For application inquiries, contact the position's primary advisory.


Sorghum microbiome

We seek to understand plant-microbe interactions in the sorghum phyllosphere and rhizosphere as affected by wax and mucilage formation, and within the context of the microbial community that associates with sorghum. This work will involve environmental sampling from the field, microbial cultivation and enrichment, microbiology and molecular biology laboratory work, metagenome sequencing, and metabolomics. It also will involve periodic travel between Michigan State University and Texas A&M for collaboration and field work.

Advisors

Ashley Shade (Primary)
Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University
shadeash@msu.edu

John Mullet
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Texas A&M
jmullet@tamu.edu

Application deadline

Application review will begin Sept 16, 2019 and continue until a fellow is identified.

Apply online

http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/502361/research-associatefixed-term


Molecular modeling for chemical separations

We seek to develop a computational framework for the design of liquid-liquid extraction processes for the effective and economically viable recovery of bioproducts. This work will involve coupling process modeling and molecular modeling methods and tools to identify solvent combinations that are ideal for separating different classes of bioproducts (e.g., aromatics, carboxylic acids) derived from biomass. The work will involve collaboration between two computational groups as well as experimental groups within GLBRC.

Advisors

Reid Van Lehn (Primary)
Conway Assistant Professor and Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Faculty Scholar, Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Wisconsin–Madison
vanlehn@wisc.edu

Christos Maravelias
Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Paul A. Elfers Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Wisconsin–Madison
christos@engr.wisc.edu

Application deadline

Application review will begin Oct 10, 2019 and continue until a fellow is identified.

More information and application instructions

Full position description and application instructions »


Microbial synthetic biology

We present a unique and exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to leverage the power of bacterial genetics/synthetic biology to help meet our national need for renewable energy. The postdoc will develop genetic and synthetic biology tools for several bioenergy-relevant α-Proteobacteria (e.g., Zymomonas, Rhodobacter, and Novosphingobium), and will have a primary mentor in Jason Peters—who has developed state of the art CRISPR tools for bacterial functional genomics—and a secondary mentor in Tim Donohue—an established investigator with extensive experience in metabolic lifestyles and systems biology of α-Proteobacteria.

Advisors

Jason Peters (Primary)
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Wisconsin–Madison
jason.peters@wisc.edu

Tim Donohue
GLBRC Director, UW Foundation Fetzer-Bascom Professor of Bacteriology
University of Wisconsin–Madison
tdonohue@bact.wisc.edu

Application deadline

Application review will begin Oct 24, 2019 and continue until a fellow is identified.

More information and application instructions

Full position description and application instructions »


Carbon flux in switchgrass

Detailed information to follow shortly; please check back throughout the Fall.