Postdoctoral Scholar in Plant Molecular Biology
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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
The laboratory of Tanya Renner at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a post-doctoral scholar research associate to study carnivorous plant molecular biology and evolution. The successful applicant will participate in the research project “Conferring carnivorous plant-like traits by single gene transfers”, in which multiple aspects of carnivorous plant biology will be studied by combining genomics, plant molecular biology, and biomechanics. The position is part of a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)-funded project involving the laboratories of Dr. Tanya Renner (The Pennsylvania State University, USA), Dr. Kenji Fukushima (University of Würzburg, Germany), and Dr. Ulrike Bauer (University of Bristol, UK). In collaboration with the labs of Dr. Fukushima and Dr. Ulrike, we will analyze how carnivory-related traits are regulated and test what happens when the traits are transferred to other plants. The successful applicant of this position is expected to characterize the digestive fluid proteomes of various carnivorous plants, aid in transcriptome analyses of carnivorous plant gene expression, as well as to transfer genes involved in prey digestion to model and crop plants to study their ability to improve resistance against herbivorous insects and microbial pathogens.
- PhD degree in Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related discipline.
- Strong interest in plant biology.
- Sound knowledge and skills in molecular biology.
- Sound knowledge and skills in plant physiology and plant molecular biology, including plant transformation, transcriptomics, and proteomics.
- Sound knowledge and skills in statistics and bioinformatic analyses of transcriptome and proteome data.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and with diverse teams of researchers.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully and efficiently complete research projects and write peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. This is a limited term appointment, funded for one one-year from date of hire, with excellent possibility of renewal.
This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.
The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.
The position will be at the University Park campus of Penn State, within the town of State College. The 13-square-mile campus is home to more than 46,000 graduate, professional, and undergraduate students and more than 12,000 full time employees (faculty and staff). University Park is pedestrian and bike-friendly and features a mix of historic classroom buildings, modern architecture, and beautiful landscaping, including the Arboretum at Penn State which includes a 4+ acre Pollinator and Bird Garden. State College is a quintessential college town with a diverse population that offers residents many of the amenities of a larger urban environment, including a vibrant athletics program and performing arts community. State College is surrounded by multiple state parks which provide ample opportunity for outdoor recreation, and is within a few hours’ drive of New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. State College is consistently ranked among the nation’s most livable cities. Additional information can be found at the Penn State Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (https://www.research.psu.edu/opa).
Interested candidates should include a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for 2-3 professional references. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preferred start date: October 1, 2021, but this date is negotiable. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Tanya Renner, email: [email protected]. For more details on our research, please see our website and list of our lab’s publications
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University Park, PA
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