Postdoc available: Plant-Microbe Interactions
Steven V. Beer
svb1 at cornell.edu
Tue Jan 9 15:51:11 EST 1996
POST-DOCTORAL ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE
A post-doctoral position is available to address the phenomenon of
harpin induced resistance of plants and hrp genes of Erwinia amylovora.
The position is available in the Department of Plant Pathology of
Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, beginning March, 4 1996, and lasting
for at least one year. There is a strong possibility of extension
beyond that year, subject to mutual satisfaction and the availability of
funds. The salary will be competitive and an attractive fringe benefits
package is included.
A major responsibility of the position (about 50% time) is for further
research needed to develop harpin (a protein produced by Erwinia
amylovora that elicits the hypersensitive response in non-host plants
and is required for the fire blight disease) as a plant disease control
agent. In studies to date, treatment of plants with harpin was found to
induce resistance against a variety of plant pathogens. The phenomenon
is similar to classical systemic acquired resistance (S A R). There are
many unanswered questions inherent in this system that are ripe for
In addition, other fundamental hrp gene-related research in bacteria
and/or plants is expected. There are many attractive questions that
could be addressed with the systems in hand. Fundamental plant
molecular biological research on the action of Erwinia amylovora and its
gene products is needed. The person assuming the position will have
considerable freedom in deciding the precise direction of such studies.
He/She will join a vibrant team addressing many fundamental questions
relating to the fire blight pathogen, including such topics as molecular
mechanisms of pathogenesis, diversity among strains, basis of host
specificity and biological control through antibiotic-producing
non-pathogenic bacteria. The overall program is supported by a number
of funding sources.
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in plant pathology, plant
molecular biology, microbiology or a related subject with strong
training and/or experience in molecular genetics. Several years of
appropriate post-doctoral research will be considered a plus. Persons
interested should contact Dr. Steven V. Beer by e-mail
(SVB1 at cornell.edu); telephone (607 255-7870); fax (607 255 4471) or mail
(Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853).
A complete application will include: 1. Resume; 2. Copies of
publications and manuscripts; 3. The names of, and contact means for,
four persons capable of rendering meaningful opinions on the applicant¹s
qualifications. No hiring decision will be made until at least February
15, 1996. Thus, to ensure consideration, inquiries and application
should be made in January or early February.
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