The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln invites applications for a postdoctoral position focusing on mechanisms of plant adaptive responses to low iron conditions. This is a 12-month, non-tenure leading position established for a period of one year. Continuation beyond one year is dependent upon satisfactory performance and funding availability, with initial funding available for 2 years.
Previous work (e.g. Waters et al., 2012, J.Exp.Bot. 63: 5903-5918) has indicated that iron deficient plants accumulate additional copper to facilitate a switch from iron containing proteins to copper containing proteins. This research will focus on the mechanisms of this switch and the molecular players involved in Arabidopsis thaliana. The research will use a combination of genetic, molecular, biochemical and genomic approaches to investigate global gene expression and regulation of specific genes and microRNAs by iron and copper status. In part, the postdoctoral researcher will construct promoter:GFP fusions, perform DNA introductions, oversee transformation and analyze transgenic plants.
We seek creative, highly motivated candidates with a strong interest in plant biology. Applicants must have a Ph.D. with a strong background and publications in plant biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, plant genetics, or a closely related field. Experience with transcriptomics, QTL mapping, plant transformation, molecular cloning, and real-time RT-PCR are desired.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently and with a team of researchers is expected. The successful candidate will disseminate research results at scientific meetings and in journals, write progress reports, and supervise and support undergraduate and graduate students.
Applicants should email a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Brian Waters at bwaters2 from unl.edu<mailto:bwaters2 from unl.edu>.
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Brian M. Waters
377K Plant Sciences Hall
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE 68583-0915
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