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Research Specialist I at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey

Posted in Research 30+ days ago.

Job Description:

Research Specialist I


Job ID: 2020-11755
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Research and Laboratory

Princeton University


Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology seeks applicants for a Research Specialist to join the laboratory of Martin Jonikas. Algae operate a CO2 concentrating mechanism, which allows them to assimilate carbon more efficiently than most land plants, including many of our crops. The Jonikas lab aims to understand the function of the algal CO2 concentrating mechanism with the ultimate goal of engineering it into crop plants to increase yields.

The successful candidate will computationally model the function of the algal CO2 concentrating mechanism, and will use this model to understand:

  1. the relative importance of different components for function,
  2. the sensitivity of the mechanism to different parameter values, and
  3. the optimal order in which components should be engineered into a plant.

The employee will write up a manuscript describing the findings.

This position is a term appointment of one year with possibility of renewal contingent on performance and continued funding.


  • Modeling of CO2 concentrating mechanism
  • Analysis of results
  • Preparation of a manuscript for publication


  • Bachelor’s degree with one year experience working in a research laboratory.
  • Programming in Python.
  • Familiarity with the algal CO2 concentrating mechanism.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication in English.
  • Experience with computational approaches for solving partial differential equations.
  • Familiarity with our model of the algal CO2 concentrating mechanism.

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