[Arabidopsis] A Graduate Research Assistantship is available immediately

Huang, Yinghua via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by yinghua.huang from okstate.edu)
Fri Mar 11 23:50:13 EST 2011

Graduate Study in Plant Sciences with Emphasis in Molecular Biology

The Department of Botany at Oklahoma State University is seeking a qualified student to work on research projects in plant molecular biology and crop biotechnology.

Research Areas:        Ongoing research in the lab including (1) identification of new sources of resistance to aphid pests and characterization of their resistance mechanisms, (2) profiling of global changes in gene expression during host-pest interactions and functional analysis of those differentially expressed genes, (3) molecular mapping of resistance QTLs and developing DNA markers for marker-assisted selection (MAS), and (4) development of dedicated sorghum as feedstock for biofuel production. The student will conduct research on molecular mechanisms for resistance to insect pests in sorghum, a special crop for food and biofuel. The students may work on one of the selected topics for his/her thesis leading to a Ph.D. degree in plant sciences, particularly in either molecularly characterizing lignin-reduced bioenergy sorghum and its interactions with insect pests or defining the roles of candidate resistance genes against insects using standard molecular/genetic methods or functional genomic approaches.

Stipend:          This research assistantship includes a stipend of $16,045/year, tuition waiver and graduate student health insurance.

Starting Date:     May 1 or August 1, 2011

Qualifications:            M.S. or B.S. degree in botany, biology, microbiology, molecular biology or related disciplines. Successful candidates should also have a strong interest in crop science, molecular biology, functional genomics, and plant-insect interactions. Research experience in above described areas would be advantageous. Candidates should possess good written and verbal English skills, and be capable of working both independently and in a group.

Application Procedure:         Please send application via email to Prof. Huang (yinghua.huang from okstate.edu<mailto:yinghua.huang from okstate.edu>; Tel: 1-405-624-4141 ext. 230) including a statement of research experience and interests, recent CV, three reference letters, and TOEFL and GRE (for candidates whose native language is not English) scores. Applicants are encouraged to visit our websites http://botany.okstate.edu<http://botany.okstate.edu/> and http://gradcollege.okstate.edu<http://gradcollege.okstate.edu/> for additional application information or to prepare an application package.

Application Closing Date:   Review of applications begins March 15, 2011, and opens until filled.

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