Last review date:Monday, Apr 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
There is an opening for a postdoctoral scholar position in the laboratory of Dr. Peggy G. Lemaux at UC Berkeley. This individual will participate in the DOE-funded EPICON project, aimed at identifying transcriptomic and epigenetic mechanisms involved in drought tolerance in field-grown Sorghum bicolor. To date, we have identified a number of critical pathways, some of which appear to be involved in drought tolerance.
Utilize the WUS-BBM transformation protocol from Pioneer Hi-Bred for Sorghum bicolor, and possibly Setaria viridis, using two target tissues for introduction of engineering and editing constructs.
Transformation will be used to introduce into sorghum, and possibly Setaria, candidate genes from EPICON efforts - a number of which appear to be important to mechanisms of drought tolerance.
The position will involve creation of vectors, introduction into Agrobacterium tumefaciens, and subsequent transformation into sorghum, and possibly Setaria viridis.
Integration and expression of genes of interest will be confirmed in transgenic plants
Further characterization of transgenic plants will be performed using molecular, biochemical, physiological and transcriptomic means to determine gene function.
If possible, growth of modified plants will be characterized under abiotic stress situations in the greenhouse and, if possible, in the field.
Basic Qualifications: PhD or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.
Additional Qualifications: PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date. The candidate may have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.
Degree in plant biology, biotechnology, genetics, genomics, biochemistry, bioinformatics or molecular biology fields
Demonstrated experience with in vitro tissue culture and transformation of C4 cereal crops and grasses
Demonstrated expertise in making DNA constructs, specifically CRISPR-Cas9 based
Advanced abilities in performing genome analysis and bioinformatic skills
Experience with RNA-seq and bisulfite-seq analysis
Demonstrated evidence conducting experiments independently, maintaining detailed records and managing data
Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work in a team environment
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills showing ability to think critically and innovatively
Demonstrated experience with plant tissue culture, construction of overexpression and knock-out vectors, and general molecular biology techniques.
Appointment This position reports to Dr. Peggy G. Lemaux. The initial appointment is 100% for one (1) year with the possibility of an extension, based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Anticipated start date for this position early Spring 2019.
Salary and Benefits The annual salary range for this position is $50,760 to $59,100. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are included (http://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdocs)
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The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.
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