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[Arabidopsis] DOE/USDA funded Postdoctoral Research Associate Position, Ph.D and MS Assistantships and Internships in Bioenergy-Biotechnology of Sugarcane

Altpeter,Fredy via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by altpeter from ufl.edu)
Sun Mar 30 15:03:11 EST 2008

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Fredy Altpeter
Assistant Professor
Laboratory of Molecular Plant Physiology
Agronomy Department
University of Florida, IFAS
PO Box 11O300
2191 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, FL32611-300
Tel.: 352 392 1823 ext. 204, 216 or 218
Fax: 352 392 7248
E-mail: altpeter from ufl.edu

DOE/USDA funded Postdoctoral Research Associate Position, Ph.D and MS Assistantships and Internships in Bioenergy-Biotechnology of Sugarcane

DOE-USDA funded (http://www.energy.gov/6035.htm) positions are available for postdoctoral research associate, Ph.D. and MS graduate students and interns. Assistantships are available for highly motivated and qualified students in the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Physiology, Agronomy Department, IFAS, University of Florida. Research can begin immediately and coursework can start in the fall of 2008 or spring of 2009.

Lignocellulosic materials produced by biomass grasses are a promising feedstock to produce low-cost ethanol. Our research program integrates advanced genetic transformation technology and functional genomics to identify, isolate and engineer limiting factors for molecular improvement of grasses http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu/pdfs/Genes.pdf.

Funded research currently focuses on three objectives to develop genetically enhanced sugarcane for bioenergy production (http://agnetonline.com/2008/03/24/uf-receives-1m-to-unlock-energy-from-sugarcane-residues/)
Postdoc and thesis research will focus on the genetic improvement of biomass quantity and quality in sugarcane for production of biofuel. This involves gene expression profiling, gene isolation, construction of plant expression vectors, stable genetic transformation of sugarcane (using well established transformation protocols and developing advanced technology) with candidate genes, molecular, physiological and biochemical characterization of transgenic sugarcane, evaluation of biomass conversion to bioethanol. This is an ideal opportunity for meaningful publications and future professional development in either academia or industry.

Excellent communication skills and a strong publication record demonstrating expertise in a range of molecular techniques are required for the postdoctoral position to support grant proposal development and lead a team of students. An earned M.S. degree in agronomy, plant breeding, or a related field is required for PhD assistantships. Previous experience with molecular techniques and tissue culture are desirable. A plant science or biotechnology background is necessary for the MS assistantships. Internships are available for junior and senior students in plant or biological sciences.

Interested applicants should send:
1) Current resume including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references
2) GRE scores and
3) a letter of application including statement of purpose and qualifications.
In addition, international students must include a copy of their TOEFL scores. Applications and questions related to the application process should preferably be send by e-mail to faltpeter from ifas.ufl.edu<mailto:faltpeter from mail.ifas.ufl.edu> or addressed to:
Dr. Fredy Altpeter
Agronomy Department
University of Florida, IFAS
PO Box 11O300
Gainesville, FL 32611-300

Review of applications will start immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Gainesville, the home town of the University of Florida, is located half way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico with a population of 140 000 (46 000 students) and has frequently achieved top ratings in quality of life and affordability http://gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070506/SUNFRONT/705060331&SearchID=73280328541268. More information on the University of Florida is available at http://www.ufl.edu<http://www.ufl.edu/> University of Florida is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (male/female) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or Vietnam Era Veteran status in the offering of all benefits, services, and educational and employment opportunities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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