Postdoctoral Position at the University of Nebraska-LincolnDepartment of Biochemistry and Center for Plant Science Innovation, Lincoln, NE USA
The Glowacka Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (www.glowackalab.com) seeks an enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to conduct research on improving chilling tolerance in C4 crops. The C4 plants include the most productive crops in the world, however they are also highly sensitive to low temperatures. Therefore, increasing chilling tolerance could enlarge area where C4 crops could be grown and extend their growing season. In consequence, the more chilling tolerant photosynthesis would give the opportunity to increase the crop yield and to help meet the world's needs for food and fuel.
The advertised position will involve investigation of the natural variation of photosynthesis in chilling to identify new genetic sources and molecular mechanisms associated with chilling tolerance. The successful candidate will apply recent advances in photosynthesis research and crop bioengineering for study and improve crop chilling tolerance. The gained knowledge will be used to applied studies for improving tolerance to chilling in C4 crops like maize, and biocrop of sorghum and Miscanthus.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Prospective candidates need a PhD in plant biology, plant genetics, plant biotechnology or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated skills in one or more of the following areas of photosynthesis research are required: molecular biology and genetics, plant transformation, use of available bioinformatics resources and/or gas exchange.
The duties of this position require that the incumbent have a strong background in plant molecular biology, GWAS, QTL mapping and plant biochemistry/physiology and be broadly knowledgeable of photosynthesis. Good oral and written communication skills coupled with the ability to work independently and cooperatively are required.
PROPOSED START DATE: Start date as early as October 2018, but flexible.SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
APPOINTMENT STATUS: 2 years, contingent on performance. After a period of 2 years appointment depends on future funding. Own source of financial support highly desirable.
APPLICATION PROCESS: For more information about the position and to apply please contact Katarzyna Glowacka at email@example.com. The application should contain a letter of application, resume/CV, and three professional references including phone number and e-mail address.
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