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Post-doc in Arabidopsis cellulose research

Richard Williamson Richard at rsbs.anu.edu.au
Thu Sep 17 16:00:17 EST 1998


THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
RESEARCH SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
PLANT CELL BIOLOGY GROUP

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow
(Level A/Level B - Fixed Term)

A research position  is available to join a group analysing cellulose
biosynthesis. Funded by the Cotton R & D Corporation, the appointee will
clone genes from mutants of Arabidopsis that are defective in cellulose
biosynthesis. Excellent molecular biology skills are required and
experience of map-based and/or transposon cloning in Arabidopsis is highly
desirable.

Appointment:  Postdoctoral Fellow, fixed term contract for two years with
the possibility of another contract for a further twelve months.  Research
Fellow, fixed term contract for three years.

Enquiries:  Dr Richard Williamson, tel +61 2 6249 5087, email
richard at rsbs.anu.edu.au

Contact:  Further particulars, including selection criteria, must be
obtained before applying from the Executive Officer, RSBS, tel:  +61 2 6249
4138, fax:  +61 2 6249 4891, Email: wigney at rsbs.anu.edu.au or Internet
address: http://biology.anu.edu.au/

Salary range:	Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A)	$37,422 - $45, 159pa*
	Research Fellow (Level B)	$47,435 - $55,966pa

*(A successful applicant holding a PhD will be appointed at $42,201pa)

Closing date:	16 October 1998	Ref:  BS 4.9.2

Information on how to apply may be obtained from the ANU Web Page -
http://www.anu.edu.au/jobs or by telephoning/emailing the contact

FURTHER PARTICULARS


RESEARCH SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

The School, which is one of eight research schools comprising the Institute
of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University, is a leading
centre of biological research and graduate student training.  The School
encourages integrative research across all levels of biology from molecules
to cells, organisms, ecosystems and the biosphere.  It focuses on five
themes selected for their central significance in modern biology: (1)
Biodiversity, as displayed from nucleotide sequences to organisational
development; (2) Integrative neuroscience, embracing mechanisms and
development of nervous systems that serve vision, audition and memory; (3)
Biology of the cell surface, especially in plant development and plant
microbe interactions; (4) Plant biochemistry and physiology, as they relate
to growth and functioning of the biosphere, and (5) Plant, community and
global biology, which investigates the reproduction, growth and survival of
plants as environmental conditions change.  Structurally the School is
divided into eleven groups which allow for flexible organisation of
research teams engaged in specific projects, led by tenured staff.  At the
present time, the School has approximately 70 academic staff, 110 technical
and administrative staff and 40 graduate students.

Plant Cell Biology Group

The Plant Cell Biology Group is the School's largest with five research
groups led by Adrienne Hardham, Pete John, Geoff Wasteneys, David Jones and
Richard Williamson. The Williamson group studies the molecular analysis of
cellulose biosynthesis. Some years ago they generated a large collection of
temperature sensitive radial swelling (rsw) mutants of Arabidopsis, the
first members of which were described by Baskin et al (Australian Journal
of Plant Physiology 19, 427, 1992). A subset of these mutants is defective
in cellulose biosynthesis and is being used to identify genes involved in
that process. The RSW1 gene cloned from a mutant with reduced cellulose
production encodes a catalytic subunit of cellulose synthase (Arioli et al
Science 279, 717-720, 1998; Trends in Plant Science 3, 164-166, 1998). Work
to clone genes from other mutants in the collection is being actively
pursued with identification of genes serving novel functions in cellulose
synthesis being the primary goal rather than of further genes related to
RSW1. The genes from two other mutants with reduced cellulose production
are of particular interest. In one case molecular work using map and
transposon-based strategies is well advanced whereas in the other case only
a map position is known. The appointee will have primary responsibility for
completing the cloning of these genes. Publication will be encouraged
subject only to patent considerations. Facilities are excellent for
molecular biology and transgenic plant work and there is a strong
concentration of expertise in plant molecular biology in Canberra.

Appointment:  Postdoctoral Fellow, fixed term contract for two years with
the possibility of another contract for a further twelve months.  Research
Fellow, fixed term for three years, with the possibility of another
contract for a further two years.

Application

There is no standard application form.  Applications must include:

*	the name and reference number of the position applied for
*	address in full for correspondence; home and office telephone
numbers and email address
*	an up-to-date curriculum vitae
*	list of publications quoting page numbers
*	a statement of research interests and experience and response to
the selection criteria
 *	the names and postal addresses of at least three academic referees,
preferably with fax and email addresses as well.


Information on superannuation, travel and removal grants, housing and leave
can be found on the Internet:
http://www.anu.edu.au/hr/other/info.html




Richard

Dr RE Williamson, Plant Cell Biology Group, RSBS, ANU, PO Box 475,
Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

Phone +61 2 6249 5087; fax +61 2 6249 4331 (International)
	 02 6249 5087;        02 6249 4331 (domestic)





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