Postdoctoral Position Available

G. Eric Schaller egs at
Mon Feb 28 18:48:46 EST 2000

Laboratory of Dr. G. Eric Schaller
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of New Hampshire

A postdoctoral position is currently available in the laboratory of G. Eric
Schaller. The successful candidate will join an ongoing effort to
characterize two-component signaling pathways in Arabidopsis. The project
will focus on the pathway of ethylene signal transduction. Ethylene
receptors are related to members of the two-component signaling systems of
bacteria. We are interested in the specific question as to how these
receptors function in transduction of the ethylene signal. We are also
interested in the general question as to how a bacterial signaling system
has been adapted to function in a eukaryote. For additional information on
the Schaller lab and two-component systems in Arabidopsis see

Molecular, biochemical, and genetic strategies for analysis are all in use
by the lab. These include assays for receptor activity (Gamble et al.,
1998, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 95:7825-7829), antibodies against
receptors, plants containing mutant versions of the receptors, and plants
containing receptor/GFP fusions. These tools can all be employed to gain a
more complete understanding of receptor signaling. For example, ethylene
receptor/GFP fusions can be used to visualize receptor dynamics upon the
binding of ethylene.

The successful candidate will have opportunity to interact with other
research labs on campus and throughout the country. The Schaller lab is
part of a multi-institutional genomics project to identify knock-out
mutations in Arabidopsis kinases and phosphatases; this genomics project
has provisions for training in bioinformatics. In addition, we participate
in the New England Arabidopsis Meeting, a regional gathering of labs that
meets at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge every two months.

To apply, send a CV, a brief statement of research experience and research
interests, and the names of at least three references (including address,
phone, and email) to Eric Schaller by mail or email. Candidates should have
a Ph.D. and a proven record of productivity including first-authored
publications in internationally recognized journals. Candidates should also
have  facility with standard molecular methods; previous experience with
Arabidopsis is preferred. Initial appointment will be for one year, with
reappointment contingent on satisfactory performance.

The University of New Hampshire is located in a beautiful part of the
country: 15 minutes from the seacoast, 1 hour from Boston, and 1 1/2 hours
from the White Mountains. The University of New Hampshire is an
equal-opportunity employer.

G. Eric Schaller
University of New Hampshire
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Rudman Hall, 46 College Road
Durham, NH 03824 USA
Phn: 603-862-0565 (office); 603-862-4701 (lab)
Fax: 603-862-4013


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