An NSF-supported postdoctoral position is available immediately to study the assembly and function of the photosystem II (PSII) reaction center complex. The work combines state-of-the-art molecular genetic, biochemical, and biophysical approaches to clarify the process of photoactivation, which is the light dependent assembly of the catalytic tetramer of manganese atoms that forms the core of the H20-oxidation complex. The project has significance to fundamental and applied scientific problems ranging from protein structure-function to the development of biomimetic solar energy technology.
Your project will involve the utilization and improvement of efficient gene engineering techniques to reprogram key photosynthetic genes in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. This will be used to elucidate the function of the gene products function in critical assembly of the PSII reaction center complex. To reveal the phenotypic consequences of your genetic manipulations, you will have a variety of biophysical and biochemical tools at your disposal. These may be used to probe the structural, enzymatic and physiological functions of the gene products being examined. The project involves a number of collaborations, enhancing the training opportunities available in the multidisciplinary project.
Appointment for this postdoctoral position is for one year with the possibility of renewal (the position is fully funded for 4 years). To learn more about our lab and research project, please visit our website: http://microbiology.okstate.edu/faculty/burnap/
Our lab uses molecular genetic tools to change the DNA of cells and thereby re-program the enzymatic machinery that converts light energy into usable cellular energy. This strategy allows the test of specific hypotheses using an array of techniques drawing from multiple disciplines, including molecular genetics (targeted gene modification), biochemistry (affinity purification of membrane protein c...omplexes, mass spectrometry), and biophysics (electrochemistry and a variety of spectroscopies). Training opportunities are multiple and our graduates and postdoctoral scientists move on career opportunities that take them in vanguard areas of research science and applied areas. Stillwater provides an excellent research environment with many amenities.