postdoctoral positions available

Josette Masle masle at
Mon Jan 13 16:33:17 EST 2003


Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A) or Research Fellow (Level B)
Root stress functional genomics

Reference No:  RSBS 1469

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled individual to join a
functional genomic program on plant responses to root mechanical stress, an
important component of drought.

We take an integrated approach to understanding the sensing and signalling
mechanisms of root impedance and their developmental and functional effects
in roots and leaves.  Our long-term goal is to identify genetic strategies
for (ways of) improving the efficiency of plant growth and water use in crop

The position requires sound experience in molecular biology and the
regulation of gene expression.  Experience in the molecular and cell biology
of stress signaling in plants, and an interest in the mechanisms involved in
the coordinated control of plant development would be a great advantage. We
have identified a number (set) of putative mechano-sensitive genes in both
wheat and Arabidopsis.  The appointee will have a central role in developing
approaches for confirmation of differential expression and for the
functional analysis of the most promising genes.

The appointee will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and will be
directly involved in coordinating the research within the project.  This
will involve supervision and close interactions with junior staff.  There
will also be opportunities for interactions with overseas collaborating
groups, especially Europe, enhancing career prospects for the successful

Appointment will be for three-years, fixed-term:- Postdoctoral Fellow (Level
A) within the salary range $42,317 - $51,066 pa, plus generous
superannuation provisions (a successful applicant holding a PhD will be
apointed at $47,721 pa minimum); Research Fellow (Level B) within the salary
range $53,640 - $63,287 pa, plus superannuation.

The successful applicant may start immediately.  The project is funded by a
grant from the GRDC Functional Genomic Program at The Australian National

Futher particulars, including selection criteria, are available from John
Nugent, phone (02) 6125 4138; fax (02) 6125 4891; email
John.Nugent at or
Enquiries should be directed to Dr Josette Masle, phone (02) 6125 4410; fax
(02) 6125 4919, email masle at

Closing date:  27 January 2003


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