postdoc position in Ithaca

JANDER, GEORG [AG/2165] georg.jander at
Wed May 15 08:47:56 EST 2002

<x-charset iso-8859-1>Postdoctoral Position
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Ithaca, New York

A postdoctoral position is available in the area of chemical ecology and
insect-plant interactions.   We are using Arabidopsis, the generalist
herbivore Trichoplusia ni (cabbage looper), and the crucifer specialist
herbivore Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth) as model systems to study
the mechanisms by which plants defend themselves against herbivory.
Genetic, biochemical and insect behavior research approaches will be used
to study the process of defense gene induction and the role of specific
small molecules in insect defense.  Additional work will focus on the
tradeoffs that occur when a plant has to defend itself against microbial
pathogens and insect herbivores at the same time.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate will include design and
implementation of experiments and evaluation of data related to insect-plant
interactions.  Development of additional areas of interest within the scope
of the project is encouraged.  The position is open beginning September 15,
2002.  Funding is available for two years with the possibility of a third.
Candidates with backgrounds in plant physiology, molecular biology,
genetics, or insect behavior are encouraged to apply.  Research will be
conducted in the laboratory of Georg Jander at the Boyce Thompson Institute.

The Boyce Thompson Institute is a private not for profit research
organization located on the campus of Cornell University.  Information about
the institute and its facilities can be found at
BTI is an equal opportunity employer.  If interested, please send a cover
letter detailing research interests and experience, a curriculum vitae, and
the names of three references to:   Lucy Pola, Director of Human Resources,
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Ithaca, NY  14853, email:
lbp8 at  For more information about the position and the nature of
the research, please contact Georg Jander (617) 551-8214,
georg.jander at



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