[Arabidopsis] Two postdoctoral positions --Torii lab, Seattle, USA

Keiko Torii via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by ktorii from u.washington.edu)
Tue Apr 1 13:44:05 EST 2008


University of Washington, Seattle

Two postdoctoral positions (one position may be converted for a=20
Research Tech) are available immediately to study stomatal patterning=20
and differentiation.  We have shown that a family of three=20
receptor-like kinases controls the density and orientation of=20
asymmetric cell division and stomatal differentiation (Shpak et al.=20
2005 Science 309:290-293).  Our more recent work has led to a discovery=20=

of a candidate ligand gene as well as downstream =91key switch=92=20
transcription factors that direct a series of cell-state transition=20
leading to stomatal differentiation (Pillitteri et al. 2007 Nature=20
445:501-505; Hara et al. 2007 Genes & Dev 15:1720-1725).

Position 1. Receptor-Ligand Interactions and Dynamics: A successful=20
candidate will develop new methods to study ligand-receptor=20
interactions and dynamics at cellular and subcellular levels using=20
molecular-genetic tools readily available in my laboratory.  The=20
project seeks to unravel how cell-cell signals, specifically,=20
ligand-receptor actions will translate into stomatal cell-type=20
differentiation during epidermal development.

Position 2. Transcription factors controlling stomatal differentiation:=20=

  A successful candidate will study the molecular and genetic mechanisms=20=

of how a family of bHLH transcription factors direct cell fate=20
decisions to form stomata. Furthermore, the successful candidate will=20
continue our current transcriptional profiling efforts to characterize=20=

molecular signatures associated with stomatal stem cell state.

Candidates must have excellent communication skills, ability to conduct=20=

research independently and as a team, and strong backgrounds in=20
molecular biology, genetics, and imaging/microscopy. Candidates must be=20=

proficient and in confocal microscopy and imaging at tissue-,=20
cellular-, or subcellular levels as well as basic protein biochemistry=20=

(i.e. Western blotting, co-p) for position 1.  Previous experience in=20
microarray analysis and Chromatin IP experiments are highly desired for=20=

position 2.   Either position may be considered for a qualified=20
Research Technician, who wishes to gain experience before heading for=20
the graduate career.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience (based on the=20=

NIH scale according to the University Guideline).  The position 1=20
currently has funding until 2011 (supported by NSF); the position 2 is=20=

initially available for one year.  Either position will be renewed=20
annually based on the performance and funding availability. The=20
successful candidate will be encouraged to apply for independent=20
fellowships.  Due to the guideline of University of Washington,=20
preference will be given to candidates with less than four years of=20
postdoctoral experience.

Please send a cover letter outlining your research interests and career=20=

goals, current curriculum vitae, and a name and e-mail address of three=20=

referees to:

Prof. Keiko Torii
Department of Biology, University of Washington
Box 355325,
Seattle, WA 98195-5325
ktorii from u.washington.edu

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity employer.

Keiko U. Torii, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Hitchcock Hall 544              	Phone: (206)221-5701
Department of Biology           	Fax:   (206)685-1728
University of Washington        e-mail:ktorii from u.washington.edu
Box. 355325
Seattle, WA 98195-5325

Lab phones: (206)221-5756 & (206)616-4065

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