Postdoctoral Researcher in Photomorphogenesis, University of

Jeffrey A. Rollins rollinsj at
Fri Sep 3 14:56:47 EST 2004

Something a little different than Arabidopsis; in fact, not a plant at all:
Fungal Photobiology.

I am looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist with experience
in plant photobiology, plant development, and transcriptome profiling to
lead a newly funded project in fungal photomorphogenesis.  This is an
excellent opportunity to apply what you have learned from Arabidopsis
biology to a new biological system with immense potential for novel
biological discoveries.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Photomorphogenesis
University of Florida
Laboratory of Jeffrey A. Rollins

A postdoctoral research position is available to identify and characterize
global regulators of fungal fruiting body (apothecia) development in
response to light.  The incumbent will be responsible for two specific
experimental objectives: 1) Characterize the fluence-response of stipe
de-etiolation to establish with high temporal resolution the onset of the
developmental transition from stipe to disc. 2) Identify and characterize,
via Suppression Subtractive Hybridization and Microarray analyses, genes
that are specifically expressed during apothecial development.

The organismal subject of this project, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, is a
filamentous, ascomycetous, phytopathogenic fungus.  Techniques and protocols
for the molecular genetic manipulation of this fungus (including genetic
transformation, gene knockouts, and tentatively PTGS), have been
established.  Collaborative efforts to molecularly characterize the basic
biology of this organism have resulted in the funding of a whole-genome
draft sequencing project and we anticipate that genomic-scale information
and tools will soon be available to support this project.

This position is funded for three years and available beginning November 1,
2004.  Starting salary is $30,000 per year with full benefits.  Candidates
must have a Ph.D., experience with standard molecular cloning techniques,
effective oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated ability
to work independently.  Experience with fungal biology is not  a
requirement.  Applicants with a background in plant photobiology,
developmental biology and microarray analyses are strongly encouraged to
apply. Please send a CV and the names and contact information of three
references to Jeff Rollins at rollinsj at

Dr. Jeff Rollins, Assistant Professor
University of Florida
Department of Plant Pathology
1453 Fifield Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-0680

352.392.3631 Ext 235


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