Postdoctoral Position in Inflorescence Development in Chloridoid Grasses.

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General Information

A post-doctoral researcher is sought for a two-year, NSF-funded position beginning no later than 1 September 2011 to investigate the evolution of inflorescence development in chloridoid grasses (Poaceae, Chloridoideae). The study will involve molecular phylogenetics, characterizing inflorescence morphology and development, identifying genes potentially involved in inflorescence repatterning, and exploring gene expression in diverse inflorescence forms. Starting salary is $40,000 plus benefits.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens Research Department is home to staff scientists who are also faculty members at Claremont Graduate University; four current postdoctoral fellows; up to 15 graduate students; and facilities that include laboratories (molecular and structural, including SEM); an herbarium of more than 1.1 million plant specimens, almost entirely of vascular plants; an excellent research library; and extensive plant growth facilities. For additional information about Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and its Research Department, please visit


Candidates should have a Ph.D. in the plant sciences and experience with molecular techniques.


The successful applicant will conduct studies of inflorescence development in chloridoid grasses in a phylogenetic context. The post-doctoral scholar will also have opportunities to mentor graduate and/or undergraduate students, participate in phylogenetics discussion groups, and participate in faculty meetings.

To apply

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of interest and description of prior experience, and the contact information (names, email addresses, phone numbers) for three references. Review of applications will be completed by 15 June 2011.

Application materials and any questions should be submitted electronically to Dr. J. Travis Columbus (). Dr. Columbus is conducting fieldwork until 1 June and will respond to email messages when he has access to the Internet.

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