POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Two postdoctoral positions are available immediately to work on the
identification and characterization of transposable elements associated
with wild-type plant genes. Many plant genes are associated with
members of an unusual superfamily of transposable elements called
Miniature Inverted-repeat Transposable Elements or MITEs. Possible
projects include investigating the role of MITEs and other transposable
elements in gene and genome evolution, characterizing the mechanism of
MITE mobility, and using MITEs and other transposable elements in
designing novel plant genome mapping and gene isolation protocols [Plant
Cell 6, 907-916 (1994); PNAS 93, 8524 (1996)]. Candidates must be
highly motivated and have a strong background in molecular biology
and/or molecular genetics. Expertise in genome mapping or computational
biology is desirable but not a prerequisite. Every effort will be made
to facilitate the development of future careers in academia or
industry. Please send CV, a brief statement of research goals, and the
names of three referees to:
Dr. Thomas E. Bureau
Department of Biology
1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B1 Canada.
Email: thomas_bureau at maclan.mcgill.ca.
Montreal is located in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is the
second largest French speaking city in the world with Paris, France
being the largest. Despite the strong French presence, Montreal is a
multicultural multiethnic community. As such there is a great diversity
of cultures, festivals, shops, and restaurants. Montreal also provides
easy access to wilderness areas in eastern Canada and the northeast US.
Housing is very reasonable with an average two bedroom apartment renting
for approximately US$500/month.
McGill University is a world class institution and one of the top
universities in Canada. The Department of Biology is well rounded with
faculty specializing in areas of ecology, evolutionary biology,
molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, cell biology, and
neurobiology. Plant research is also well supported with a modern
Phytotron facility and easy access to experimental field stations.