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Postdoc Position in Starch Structure

Mark J. Guiltinan mjg9 at psu.edu
Fri Oct 22 00:07:25 EST 1999

Dear Colleague:

We are searching for an individual to join the interdisciplinary starch
structure team at Penn State.  This position is available now and we would
like to fill it as soon as possible.  I am sending this announcement to
individuals who attended the recent "Genetic Tailoring of Novel Starch
Polymers" meeting and would appreciate it if you would pass this to anyone
who may be interested in this position.
Thank you,

Jack C. Shannon


Position Description

	Post-doctoral position available as part of an interdisciplinary
team studying the contribution of maize starch branching enzymes to the
structure of starch.  The team consists of Dr. Donald Thompson, Dept. of
Food Science, Dr. Jack Shannon, Dept. of Horticulture and Dr. Mark
Guiltinan, Dept of Horticulture, Biotechnology Institute.  The individual
would be primarily responsible for determining the fine structure of
branched starch molecules produced by disruption of the normal complement
of branching enzyme activity in maize.  Experience in preparation of starch
and starch fractions, and related chromatography is essential.  Experience
with starch fine structure analyses, including use of beta-amylase and
debranching enzymes, is also essential, along with the ability to interpret
the data obtained according to the most current structural models.
Experience in the use of gel electrophoresis for separation of constituent
chains would be useful but not required.
	Experience in selected molecular genetic techniques would be a
plus, but interest in learning and applying these techniques is essential.
The individual will perform PCR analyses to confirm genetic composition and
perform antibody blotting to determine the presence of specific branching
enzymes.  Experience in maize growing and breeding would be a plus.  The
project is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy.

APPLICATION:	Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume,
and names and addresses of three references to:

Donald B. Thompson
Professor and Head
Department of Food Science
111 Borland Laboratory
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802

dept. phone:     814-863-2950
dept. fax:	   814-863-6132
dept. website:	   http://www.cas.psu.edu/docs/CASDEPT/FOOD/index.html

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity,
and the diversity of its workforce.

Mark Guiltinan
Associate Professor of
Plant Molecular Biology
Department of Horticulture
The Biotechnology Institute			office:  	814 863-7957
Penn State University			lab:       	814 863-7958
306 Wartik Lab 				fax:     	814 863-6139
University Park, PA 16802-5807 			mjg9 at .psu.edu

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