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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an open call for postdoctoral research fellows to help engineer photosynthesis for sustainable yield increases in both food and bioenergy crops under global change conditions. The IGB serves as a cross-disciplinary melting pot, enabling team scaling from bioengineering in silico and in vivo through physiological high-throughput phenotyping to field crop performance testing. 

Successful candidates will support several research efforts including:

  • Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), and the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) sponsored by the U.S. DOE
    • The primary responsibility of this position is to undertake the improvement of photosynthetic efficiency in energycanes (Saccharum and Miscanthus) through the design and development of gene constructs for transformation and to undertake molecular and physiological phenotyping of the resulting transformants, including analysis of greenhouse and field trials. This post is available starting in May and is funded for an initial period of 12 months. 

Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the last 8 years in molecular biology, mathematical modeling of biological systems, plant physiology, crop sciences, or related fields. Commitment to make a difference and to work in a team is required. 

We are now accepting applications to fill at least seven vacancies but will consider adding positions to recruit more top talent to Illinois. Labs with openings include Donald R. Ort, Stephen P. Long, and Carl J. Bernacchi. Submit your CV, Research Statement, and three references to ROGUE Project Manager Yun Li at To be given full consideration, applications must be received by April 13, 2020