An NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available for a plant chemical and/or molecular ecologist in the Frost Laboratory at the University of Louisville. The project will focus on transcriptomic and metabolomic analysis of plant stress responses and, specifically, the remarkable phenomenon of plant defense priming. The primary metabolomics platform is Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), and RNA sequencing with selective qPCR is planned for intensive interrogation of plant gene expression and network profiles. The project will integrate natural field studies and controlled mechanistic experiments. The successful applicant will be expected to develop into a leadership role in the lab group, work independently with alacrity toward achieving the goals of the project, bring creative energy and spirit to the group, and work closely with the graduate student also funded on the project. The postdoc can also expect close mentorship with Dr. Frost, facilitating a pathway to her/his independent career. Funding is available for up to three years, depending on performance. The successful applicant will also be encouraged, as part of the mentorship plan, to develop independent research directions once the initial project objectives are well in hand. A Ph.D. in plant biology or chemical ecology is required. The position is can start as early as June 1, 2017, or as late as August 1, 2017.
Interested applicants should submit (1) a cover letter addressing specific qualifications and interest in the position, (2) a curriculum vitae with compete list of current publications and synergistic activities, (3) at least one recent publication (a first-authored publication with the highest “impact” is strongly encouraged) and more if available, and (4) contact info for 3 references to Dr. Christopher Frost (email@example.com). Please contact Dr. Frost directly with questions or inquiries. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
One of the following demonstrated skill sets is also essential: (1) detailed experience with GC/MS and its application to plant metabolomics, (2) detailed experience with molecular biology, cloning, plant tissue culture, RNA sequencing technologies, and bioinformatics analysis of large datasets (particularly the Tuxedo software suite). A willingness to learn both skill sets is also important.