Microbiologic Transformation of Plants

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Job Description

Funding is available to hire a POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms of Agrobacterium-mediated plant genetic transformation. The project involves understanding the trafficking of Agrobacterium T-DNA and associated virulence effector proteins VirD2 and VirE2 as they enter the plant cell, traverse the cytoplasm, and enter the nucleus. Initial funding is for at least 1 year, with renewal possible subject to research progress and availability of funds.

Required experience: A Ph.D. in molecular biology, cellular biology, and/or microbiology. The successful candidate should have extensive knowledge in these areas. The candidate should have experience in confocal microscopy and image analysis, molecular techniques such as DNA cloning, PCR, DNA analysis and genome editing, RNA analysis, and protein purification and analysis. Experience working with plant systems, including plant tissue culture, is preferred but not required. The successful candidate should also have excellent English communication skills, including writing. It is expected that the candidate will be scientifically “mature” and can function both independently and as a team member. We are a basic science/model systems laboratory; please do not apply if your research experience and scientific motivation are merely to genetically transform some plant species with some gene.

Please submit a complete c.v., including academic and research experience, a list of publications and presentations, and the names/contact information for three references. In addition, please submit a one page letter describing your motivation for this position and your future goals. Submit your application to: Dr. Stanton Gelvin, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA; gelvin@purdue.edu. We welcome applications from scientists of diverse backgrounds.

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