Postdoctoral Positions at Dartmouth

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<x-charset iso-8859-1>Postdoctoral Positions
Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire

Two postdoctoral positions are available to study circadian rhythms 
or photorespiration in Arabidopsis.

An NSF-funded postdoctoral research position is available immediately 
to study the molecular basis of circadian rhythms in Arabidopsis (see 
McClung, 2001, Annu. Rev. Plant Physiol. Plant Mol. Biol. 52:139). 
There are two general approaches in progress.  One is a genetic 
analysis of Arabidopsis mutants with defects in the functioning of 
the circadian clock.  The second is a molecular biological analysis 
of the mechanism by which the circadian clock drives transcription at 
specific circadian phases.  For more information, please see  The suitable 
candidate should have experience with genetic, molecular biological 
or with biochemical approaches.

A USDA-NRI-funded postdoctoral position is available immediately to 
study photorespiratory serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT) 
activity in Arabidopsis.  An essential component of the 
photorespiratory pathway is the mitochondrial isozyme of serine 
hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT).  Mutation of the STM gene results in 
the loss of mitochondrial SHMT activity and confers a 
conditionally-lethal phenotype (the mutant dies at low CO2 
concentration but is viable at elevated CO2 levels) (Somerville & 
Ogren, 1981, Plant Physiol. 67:666).  It was thought for 20 years 
that STM encoded the photorespiratory SHMT.  In Arabidopsis, SHMT is 
encoded by a family of seven SHM genes (McClung et al., 2000, Plant 
Physiol. 123:381).  Indeed, mutation of the SHM1 gene, which encodes 
a mitochondrial SHMT, confers a conditionally-lethal photorespiratory 
phenotype (Renn=C8 et al., 2001, 12th International Conference on 
Arabidopsis Research, Abstr. 151).  However, our genetic data have 
established that STM is a distinct gene that encode

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Interested candidates 
should send applications, including a letter describing research 
interests, a curriculum vitae and contact information for three 
references to:  Rob McClung, Department of Biological Sciences, 
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 03755-3576, USA. Telephone 
(603)646-3940; FAX (603)646-1347.  Applications may also be submitted 
by email to mcclung at Dartmouth College is an equal 
opportunity/affirmative action employer.  I will be attending the 
Arabidopsis Conference in Seville and would be happy to meet there 
with anyone interested.

A few words about Dartmouth:  Dartmouth is a small, Ivy League 
university with an undergraduate body of about 4300 and a graduate 
and professional school enrollment of approximately 850.  We offer 
Ph.D programs in all of the Sciences;  there is an extensive group 
whose research interests are focused on cellular, molecular and 
developmental biology (see  This 
includes researchers from Dartmouth Medical School and the Thayer 
School of Engineering, as well as from the Chemistry and Biological 
Sciences departments of the College.

We are situated in Hanover, a traditional New England town in the 
heart of winter skiing and summer lake resort areas.  The campus is 
on the Connecticut River, which forms the border between New 
Hampshire and Vermont.  The Appalachian Trail runs through Hanover. 
We are only a two hour drive from Boston and a three hour drive from 
Montreal, providing ample opportunities for sampling big city life.

Rob McClung
Department of Biological Sciences
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH, 03755-3576, USA
Telephone (603)646-3940
=46AX (603)646-1347



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