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  • 25 Jul 2018 4:50 AM | Julian Eaton-Rye (Administrator)

    Assistant Professor in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

    Laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy

    Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Italy.

    DEADLINE: August 9th, 2018

    The position is initially for three years.  Upon positive assessment of the research activity, it twill become a tenure track position for Associate Professor. 

    The successful candidate will join the laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy and collaborate, in a team with Prof. Roberto Bassi and Prof. Luca Dall’Osto to research in photosynthesis including:

    • Control of Light use efficiency in higher Plants and Green algae.
    • Non-Photochemical quenching of Chlorophyll fluorescence.
    • Mechanisms of abiotic stress resistance.
    • Carotenoid and apocarotenoid biogenesis and function.
    • Interaction between photoreception and photosynthesis.
    • Engineering plants and green algae for Enhanced Photosynthetic efficiency.
    • Production of biofuels from unicellular algae.

    A short list of recent publications from the lab is listed below as an example of the research field presently explored by the research team.

    A more comprehensive list of publication from the lab can is found at the following Link:

    Pinnola, A, M Ballottari, I Bargigia, M Alcocer, C D’andrea, G Cerullo, R. Bassi (2018) Functional modulation of LHCSR1 protein from Physcomitrella patens by zeaxanthin binding and low pH  Scientific Reports 7 (1), 11158

    Dall'Osto, L, S Cazzaniga, M Bressan, D Paleček, K Židek, KK Niyogi, R.Bassi (2018) Two mechanisms for dissipation of excess light in monomeric and trimeric light-harvesting complexes Nature Plants 3 (5), 17033

    Betterle, N RS Poudyal, A Rosa, G Wu, R Bassi, CH Lee (2017) The STN 8 kinase‐PBCP phosphatase system is responsible for high‐light‐induced reversible phosphorylation of the PSII inner antenna subunit CP 29 in rice The Plant Journal 89 (4), 681-691

    Bressan, M, L Dall'Osto, I Bargigia, MJP Alcocer, D Viola, G Cerullo, R.Bassi (2017) LHCII can substitute for LHCI as an antenna for photosystem I but with reduced light-harvesting capacity Nature Plants 2 (9), 16131

    Kondo, T., A. Pinnola, John Ogren, R. Bassi and G. Schlau-Cohen (2017) Single-molecule spectroscopy of LHCSR1 protein dynamics identies two distinct states responsible for multi-timescale photosynthetic photoprotection. Nature Chemistry 9 (8), 772-778.

    Pinnola A, Cazzaniga S, Alboresi A, Nevo R, Levin-Zaidman S, Reich Z, Bassi R. (2015) Light-Harvesting Complex Stress-Related Proteins Catalyze Excess Energy Dissipation in Both Photosystems of Physcomitrella patens.The Plant Cell, (11):3213-27

    Cazzaniga, L S.. Dall’Osto*, L. Scibilia, J. Szaub, M. Ballottari, S. Purton and R. Bassi (2014) Domestication of the green alga Chlorella sorokiniana: reduction of antenna size improves light-use efficiency in a photobioreactor. Biotechnology for Biofuels 7(1):157-167

    Berger, H., Blifernez-Klassen, O., M. Ballottari, R. Bassi, Lutz Wobbe and Olaf Kruse (2014) Orchestration of carbon assimilation and photosynthetic light capture in the photoheterotrophic green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii . Molecular Plant, 7(10):1545-59.

    Pinnola A, Dall'Osto L, Gerotto C, Morosinotto T, Bassi R, Alboresi A. (2013) Zeaxanthin Binds to Light-Harvesting Complex Stress-Related Protein to Enhance Non-Photochemical Quenching in Physcomitrella patens. The Plant Cell. 25(9): 3519-33.

    Dall’Osto, L., Piques, M.,  Ronzani, M.,  Alboresi, A., Cazzaniga S. and Bassi R. (2013) The Arabidopsis nox mutant lacking carotene hydroxylase activity reveals a critical role of xanthophylls for Photosystem I biogenesis. The Plant Cell, 25(2):591-608.

    Competences in biophysics and bioenergetics of chloroplasts and mitochondria, either for analysis in vivo or in isolated protein complexes will be considered with special attention as well as competences in molecular genetics of green algae. However, this call is open to any excellent researcher in Photosynthesis and Bioenergy Research.

    The candidate will progressively develop his own independent research subjects untill reaching the Associate professor position in 5 years time from recruitment. There will be no mandatory teaching charges for the first three years. 

    The Official Call can be found at the following link:

  • 11 Jul 2018 4:32 AM | Julian Eaton-Rye (Administrator)

    Post Doc at Imperial College London to study Chlorophyll f in Photosystem II (see Nürnberg et al., Science 360, 12101213 (2018)

    Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join Professor A.W. Rutherford’s laboratory in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London, UK. The aim of the project is to investigate chlorophyll f –containing Photosystem II. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the project, including isolation of species, cyanobacterial culture, protein purification, and biophysical and biochemical characterization.


    Deadline for application: 27th July 2018


    See details:

  • 02 Jul 2018 4:09 AM | Julian Eaton-Rye (Administrator)
    Two postdoctoral positions are available immediately to develop and test novel strategies for engineering photosynthetic microbes (cyanobacteria, algae, diatoms) for production of fuel and chemical compounds. 13C metabolic flux analysis, targeted metabolomics profiling, algal cell culture, biochemical assays, and molecular biology studies will be key approaches used in the research. Motivation and experience will be important factors in the recruitment process. For more information about the Young laboratory, see our website: Interested applicants should send a current CV including the names of three references to: Dr. Jamey Young at:
  • 05 Apr 2018 1:12 AM | Julian Eaton-Rye (Administrator)

    Post-Doctoral Position: Structure-Function of Membrane Proteins; Cytochrome b6f Complex of Oxygenic Photosynthesis

    The group of W. A. Cramer at Purdue University is seeking an outstanding Post-Doctoral researcher to extend the understanding of the structure and function of the cytochrome b6f complex in oxygenic photosynthesis.  We have obtained a 2.5 A structure of the

    250 kDa hetero-oligomeric complex  (pdb 4OGQ) using continuous beam synchrotron radiation, conducted at the nearby (200 km) Argonne National Laboratory, which has provided major insight into structure-function. Because the b6f complex controls the

    rate-limiting step in the linear electron transport chain, future structure studies will focus on the mechanism of rate limitation, pathways of proton transfer involving lipophilic quinone(ol) and quinone-analogue inhibitors  in the linear and cyclic electron transfer chains, and the interaction of the complex with peripheral proteins including the trans-membrane chlorophyll protein kinase, and would continue the use X-ray diffraction analysis, and utilize Cryo-EM as well with the Titan microscope that is in-house.  Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in the biochemistry, expression, and purification of membrane proteins and macromolecular structure analysis. Interested individuals should contact W. A. Cramer at

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