A postdoctoral position is available to investigate recombinase-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE) gene stacking technology in soybean. The postdoc will be supervised by James Thomson (USDA) as part of a USDA-BASF funded research project. The position will be located in the USDA-ARS Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California.
The incumbent will develop novel molecular tools for genetic engineering of soybean and other crop plants. They will construct transformation vectors and generate genetically engineered soybean using Agrobacterium-mediated transformation methods. Recombinase Mediated Cassette Exchange (RMCE) technology will be used to perform a series of site-specific gene stacking events over three generations within the soy genome. The transgenes stacked within the soybean genome will be molecularly characterized using PCR amplification, ddPCR, protein expression analyses, and other standard molecular biological techniques at each generation. The transformation rate, growth, development, morphology, and fertility of the transgenic plants will also be evaluated.
Qualifications: This position requires a Ph.D. in plant science, botany, molecular biology, or a related scientific discipline. The successful applicant will have a track record of scientific publications, including first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals. This position requires the ability to work in a team environment as well as strong oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of contemporary plant biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, plant transformation, microscopy, and plant tissue culture is desirable. Experience performing transformation of soybean or related crop species is required. Experience with advanced molecular biology techniques and site-specific recombinase systems desirable. Applicants have a citizenship requirement and should not be more than four years from their Ph.D. graduation. This is a year to year position up to a maximum of three years contingent upon progress evaluation.
How to apply: This position is available immediately, but may be deferred until January 1st due to Covid-19. Applications should be e-mailed to email@example.com. Please include a one-page cover letter, an updated CV including research experience, research publications, and the contacts of three references. Send the e-mail with the following subject line “Postdoc_Application_Lastname”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after December 1st until the position is filled.
Additional Salary Information: Salary depends on experience and will be based on the University of California postdoc scale. The USDA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.