Postdoctoral Research Associate position at Kansas State University
Postdoctoral position is available at the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University. We look for a highly motivated candidate to work on the projects aimed at understanding the genetics and molecular mechanisms underlying wheat resistance to fungal pathogens. The project will utilize segregating mapping populations of wheat, forward and reverse genetics screens in wheat and pathogens, functional genomics, gene expression profiling, molecular biology and gene editing to identify genes and associated pathways that define the outcome of plant-pathogen interaction. The candidate will use acquired knowledge to explore novel strategies for creating resistant wheat varieties. The candidate should have an excellent knowledge of experimental techniques and approaches used in plant molecular biology, genetics and genomics; knowledge of functional genomics approaches for gene function validation and basic understanding of next-generation sequence data processing and analysis; basic experience with the computational analyses of genomics and phenotyping data. Excellent organizational, written/verbal communication skills and ability to work in multicultural environment.
The Department of Plant Pathology is housed in the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, and has easy access to a greenhouse facility, the modern genomic instrumentation/robotics of the KSU Integrated Genomics Facility, the transformation capabilities of the Plant Transformation Facility and imaging instrumentation of the Confocal Microscopy Facility. The Department of Plant Pathology has one of the world’s leading research and extension programs in the fields of plant pathology and wheat genetics/improvement, and co-housed in the same building with the Department of Agronomy and USDA-ARS Wheat Genetics Research Unit. This creates a unique environment where not only can a candidate conduct cutting-edge genetic studies of wheat-pathogen interaction, but also have a chance to learn how to apply this knowledge in the genetics and breeding programs for developing improved wheat varieties.
Position is available immediately. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Applications can be submitted by following link http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/497977/fellow-post-doc or through the KSU Human Capital Services website (http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/listing/). Job number 497977.
Kansas State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background checks required.