Post-Docs http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:03:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[New NSF collections-based postdoctoral fellowship!]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2014/10/10/new-nsf-collections-based-postdoctoral-fellowship New!  NSF will sponsor postdoctoral fellowship in collections-based research!  Full proposals due January 8th.  Click here for details.

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Post-doc, Australian Tropical Herbarium]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2014/09/22/post-doc-australian-tropical-herbarium Australian Tropical Herbarium Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Ref. No. - 14210 Cairns

The Australian Tropical Herbarium (ATH) seeks an outstanding and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in plant molecular systematics to join our dynamic research team. The appointee will generate and analyse DNA data employing next-generation sequencing approaches to unravel the evolutionary history of one of Australia's iconic sun orchids, Thelymitra. The sun orchids contribute to Australia's remarkably rich and highly endemic flora of terrestrial orchids and represent one of the major radiations within the tribe Diurideae. The project aims to elucidate infrageneric relationships in Thelymitra based on next-generation sequencing approaches, to assess the taxonomic value of key morphological characters, and to improve our understanding of interspecific relationships in three species complexes (T. anntennifera, T. nuda and T. venosa). Expertise in the collection and analysis of next generation sequencing data will lead to high impact research outcomes. The ATH offers an unrivalled specimen collection of Australian tropical plants, full taxonomic research and field facilities including a comprehensively equipped molecular biology laboratory, and is situated adjacent to a range of tropical biomes including the World Heritage listed Queensland Wet Tropics rainforests. Visit us at www.ath.org.au<http://www.ath.org.au>.

Employment Type: Appointment will be full-time for a fixed term of 2.5 years.
Salary: Academic Level A - $75,353 - $80,635 per annum. Commencing salary will be in accordance with qualifications and experience.  Benefits include a generous superannuation scheme with 17% employer contributions, five weeks annual recreation leave, flexible working arrangements and attractive options for salary packaging.

Applications close on 12 October 2014.

Applications must be lodged electronically using the online facility located athttp://www.jcu.edu.au/jobs/

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:17:03 -0400
<![CDATA[Postdoctoral Researcher in Genomics - Idaho State University]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2014/09/10/postdoctoral-researcher-in-genomics-idaho-state-university Primary Purpose
: Research support for National Science Foundation grant award to Scot A. Kelchner.

Key Responsibilities: Research responsibilities (estimated 90% effort); Perform DNA alignments of coding and noncoding sequence data from nuclear and chloroplast genomes, with databasing of annotated length mutations and microinversions. Phylogenomic analyses will involve error detection and data quality assessment using advanced techniques that include alternative hypothesis testing, statistical assessments of signal quality, and exploratory data analysis with networks. The postdoctoral researcher will also write scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication. Supervision of undergraduate research projects is possible as part of the NSF funded mentorship plan.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD degree in a discipline relative to the research area.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with advanced phylogenetic methodology and accompanying software. Particularly sought is experience with network analysis, alternative hypothesis testing in probability frameworks, alignment of noncoding regions, and understanding of mathematical models. Knowledge of one or more languages for scripting (e.g. Python, Perl) or programming (e.g. Java) is preferred.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

Cover letter describing your qualifications and research interests, Curriculum Vitae, and names/contact information for three academic references.

Position will remain open until filled.

Website: https://isu.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=56

Contact: hr@isu.edu

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Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Post-doc - Universidade de Goias]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2014/05/06/post-doc-universidade-de-goias Post-Doctoral Research position in Goiania, Brazil with a competitive salary (49,200 BRL a year) for one year, extendable to second based on performance, focusing on developing next-generation sequence data and comparing it to fossil pollen data for a population genomics study.

Applicants must have experience in population genomics or phylogenomics, as well as a strong interest in evolutionary biology and ecology. Programming skills are important and should include proficiency working in the Unix environment as well as experience with R, Python/Perl and/or standard sequence analysis tools. Highly enthusiastic applicants with a strong disposition to learn the needed tools to succeed are also encouraged to apply.

Informal inquiries as well as applications (including a CV, copies of relevant publications, and two names of recommenders) should be emailed to Christine Bacon (christinedbacon@gmail.com) prior to May 15th, 2014.

Starting date: July 1st, 2014, or upon agreement

Project: The de-evolution of diversity in Amazonia
Tropical America (the Neotropics) is recognized as harboring biodiversity hotspots, such as Amazonia, but there are some areas where diversity has decreased over time, particularly in oligarchic (monodominant) forests. This project aims to understand the evolutionary origins and maintenance of oligarchic forests in the context of geologic change and historical climate, thereby improving our predictions of how organisms, habitats, and Neotropical biomes may respond to comparable changes in the face of climate change. The genus Mauritia (Arecaceae, the palm family) presents an ideal system for investigating the evolution of oligarchic forests, or the de-evolution of Amazonian biodiversity. The genus has a rich pollen record, the taxonomy of palms is well known, and next- generation sequencing techniques, gene capture probes, have been developed specifically for palms that are appropriate for investigating demographic structure on both ecological and evolutionary time-scales. Furthermore, Mauritia is the most widely used and economically important native South American palm. We hypothesize that historical extinctions in Mauritia correlate with increased diversification rates in eudicotyledonous plants, the expansion of South American savannas, and/or the constriction of lowland rainforests during the Neogene. The inference of biogeography and diversification is an integral window into the past that enables the investigation of how geographic regions, biomes, and communities assembled through time and how they may evolve in the future. By integrating data across fields, for example from geology, genetics, fossils, species distribution and abundance, and morphology, we can reach a more comprehensive framework for the understanding of biome evolution and extinction.

Keywords: Amazon, biodiversity, fossil, next-generation sequencing, palms, pollen

Institution: Laboratory of Genetics and Biodiversity, Universidad Federal de Goias, Goiania, GO, Brazil (http://lgbio.icb.ufg.br/pages/33272-lgbio)

Remuneration: Monthly, untaxed salary is 4,100.00 Brazilian Reais per month. Moving costs and health insurance are not included. The position is for one year, extendable to two years based on a performance evaluation at the end of the first year. The position is funded by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (CNPq; the Brazilian National Science Foundation). The post-doc position includes funding for travel abroad or within Brazil for project development, either for conferences, workshops, or training visits. One trip to the Antonelli Lab at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden is planned for early 2015.

The research project team: The Laboratory of Genetics and Biodiversity at the Universidad Federal de Goias is actively working on various next-generation sequencing projects of key plant taxa from the Cerrado, as well as other organisms (herpetofauna, ichtyofauna, etc.). The core supervisor for this position is Rosane Collevatti (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ChqtpzkAAAAJ&hl=en), known for her breadth of research on phylogeography and population genomics. The co-PI on the CNPq grant is Christine Bacon (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_p4DcHgAAAAJ&hl=en), who studies evolution and biogeography in palms (Arecaceae). Christine is based on Santander, Colombia and will be at UFG working on the project 1-3 months per year for the duration of the grant. Other associates of the project are Thiago Rangel (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=EHbuZpYAAAAJ&hl=en) and Alexandre Jose Diniz Filho (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=scYHGuQAAAAJ&hl=en), both well-known for their contributions to macroecology.

Post-doctoral researcher tasks: The post-doc will sequence the Mauritia flexuosa transciptome and annotate it using reference genomes in the Arecaceae (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/assembly/?term=txid4710%5bOrganism:exp%5d). Using the annotated transciptome and palm genomic resources, putatively single-copy orthogroup targets will be identified for probe design (Mycroarray;http://www.mycroarray.com/mybaits/MYbaits+sequence+capture+target+enrichment+kit.html). Target sequencing using a Mauritia flexuosa-specific bait kit will be used to amplify variable sites in Mauritia flexuosa from populations across its biogeographic distribution in the Amazon Basin. After hybrid capture, Illumina sequencing reads will be filtered, paralogs will be removed, nuclear reads will be assembled and extended into contigs and alignments will be made. Nuclear gene trees will be built, age estimation will be inferred, and phylgeographic models will be implemented (e.g., Bayesian Skyline Plots, Drummond et al. 2005;http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/5/1185.full).

Optional tasks include leading or participating in field work aimed at collecting leaf and pollen samples in the field. Two regions of particular interest are near Belem, Brasil and near Pucallpa and the Parque Nacional Alto Purus in Peru. Involvement with the fossil team and collaboration with Carina Hoorn (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=yECQupMAAAAJ) on the integration of genetic and pollen data. Co-supervise a PhD student at the Universidade de Goiania on their project development and research.

Goiania: A safe, affordable, medium-sized city in the Cerrado –
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goiânia
http://aoprals.state.gov/web920/per_diem_action.asp?MenuHide=1&CountryCode=1042
http://thebrazilbusiness.com/article/cheapest-cities-to-live-in-brazil
http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=Brazil&city=Goiania
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerrado

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Tue, 06 May 2014 18:41:34 -0400
<![CDATA[Post-doc and PhD positions at Senckenberg]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2014/04/07/post-doc-and-phd-positions-at-senckenberg The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and The Biodiversity
and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) is currently inviting applications
for two Postdoc position and one PhD-position.
Please visit:


http://www.senckenberg.de/files/content/stellenausschreibungen/b20b_stellenausschreibung_postdoc.pdf

http://www.senckenberg.de/files/content/stellenausschreibungen/b61_stellenausschreibung_postgraduate_researcher.pdf

http://www.senckenberg.de/files/content/stellenausschreibungen/stellenausschreibung_d18e_postdoc_bioinformatikerin_sb.pdf

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<![CDATA[Post-doc, Chicago Botanic Garden]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2013/11/01/post-doc-chicago-botanic-garden We are hiring 2 postdoctoral research associates for 4 – 4.5 years to assist with an NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity grant titled “Landscapes of linalool: scent-mediated diversification of flowers and moths across western North America”. This NSF-funded project integrates chemical ecology, plant reproduction, pollination, population genetics and comparative genomics to explore the impact of past selective pressures on current patterns of diversity in non-model organisms: evening primroses (Onagraceae), hawkmoths (Sphingidae), bees (Halictidae), and micromoths (Mompha).



This project is a collaborative NSF research project between Krissa Skogen (Chicago Botanic Garden), Jeremie Fant (CBG), Norm Wickett (CBG), Robert Raguso (Cornell University), Rachel Levin (Amherst College), Sylvia Kelso (Colorado College), Terry Harrison (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jean-Francois Landry (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre), Kathleen Kay (University of California, Santa Cruz), Mike Moore (Oberlin College) and Warren Wagner (Smithsonian Institution).


The postdocs will be based at the Chicago Botanic Garden and will conduct fieldwork across the western United States. The Chicago Botanic Garden is situated in Glencoe, IL, just 16 miles north of downtown Chicago, from which it is accessible by a commuter train, buses and highway. Scientists at the Garden live near the Garden, in Evanston, and in Chicago. The department of Plant Biology and Conservation is located in the Rice Plant Science Center, a 4 year-old LEED certified gold building with modern laboratories, office space and museum display space allowing scientists to communicate their findings directly with Garden visitors. The Plant Biology and Conservation Department has active collaborations with Northwestern University, The Field Museum, The University of Chicago, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Morton Arboretum and other area institutions.


START DATE Jan. 1 – March 1, 2014
APPLICATION REVIEW Begins Nov. 1, 2013
APPLICATION DEADLINE Nov. 11, 2013
STARTING SALARY $43,000/year

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES

Postdocs will be responsible for coordinating and conducting field and lab-based data collection, and managing and analyzing large datasets. Postdocs will lead field teams comprised of research assistants, graduate and undergraduate students and will be responsible for coordination among field teams. Expectations are that postdocs will contribute to the preparation of numerous publications, many of which will be first-authored. Teaching and curriculum development opportunities will be provided through the graduate program in Plant Biology and Conservation, a joint program between the Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University. Postdocs will also be involved in various outreach programs coordinated by the research team and the Chicago Botanic Garden.


POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology, biology, botany or a related field. Applicants who expect to have completed their PhD by the start date will be preferred. Potential areas of expertise we are considering include (but this is not exclusive):

-Fieldwork- this project will have a large fieldwork component, with 3-4 months in the field each year (for ~6-8 weeks at a time; twice during each year); Years 1 and 2 will focus on broad-scale sampling of plants, pollinators and moths throughout the western US. Years 3 and 4 will focus on detailed field experiments, locations dependent on results from years 1 and 2.
-Plant reproductive biology / pollination ecology
-Population genetics / landscape genetics / population-level genomics
-Ecological genomics / bioinformatics
-Coevolution – trait evolution
-Host-parasite evolution
-Plant-pollinator interactions
-Chemical ecology
-Lepidopteran ecology (moths; micromoths)

TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter, resume, employment forms
(http://www.chicagobotanic.org/jobs/apply) and request 3 letters of recommendation be sent on your behalf to:
Attn: Human Resources.
Chicago Botanic Garden. 
1000 Lake Cook Road 
Glencoe, IL 60022

QUESTIONS? Please contact Krissa Skogen kskogen@chicagobotanic.org

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<![CDATA[Postdoctoral Associate, Project Baseline: a seed bank for the study of evolution.]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2011/09/30/postdoctoral-associate-project-baseline-a-seed-bank-for-the-study-of-evolution We seek a 75% time Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth to participate in a collaborative project to create a new resource for detecting evolutionary change in plants. The Postdoctoral Associate will be primarily located in Duluth, MN (http://www.duluthmn.travel/request-info/2011/duluth-in-the-news.pdf) but will coordinate with the PIs and Field Crew Managers to conduct seed collections in three US regions in the west (Susan Mazer, UCSB), midwest (Julie Etterson, U of MN Duluth and Ruth Shaw U of MN Twin Cities), and east (Steve Franks, Fordham University). The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed for a total of up to 36 months; the preferred start date is no later than November 15, 2011. The base salary is $37,333 (75%-time $28,000) and includes healthcare and other benefits. 


Project Baseline:


The goal of this project is to create a nationwide seed bank of wild populations to be preserved for the next 10-50 years at the National Germplasm Conservation Lab in Fort Collins, CO. This resource will enable assessments of both rapid and long-term responses to climate change and facilitate investigation of the genetic basis of adaptation. We will also create a GIS database of population and environmental information that will be useful in a wide variety of ecological and conservation applications. For more information on the project, see Franks et al. 2008, The resurrection initiative: Storing ancestral genotypes to capture evolution in action. BioScience 58: 870-873. 


Job responsibilities:


The Postdoctoral Associate will be responsible for promoting and developing the Project Baseline seed collections. The Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to communicate about the project to the general public and the scientific community and to encourage public participation through presentations, informational materials to be made available on-line, workshops, publications, a newsletter, and the Project Baseline web page. The Postdoctoral Associate will be responsible for designing seed collections including: obtaining species lists for appropriate sites, identifying populations within these sites through communication with site managers, finalizing collection lists, obtaining collecting permits, and developing collaborative relationships with on site individuals who can monitor plant phenology, and developing and testing specific protocols for collecting environmental data, monitoring flowering phenology, and collecting and shipping seeds. The Postdoctoral Associate will establish relationships with the PIs and participate in training the seed collection crews. Data will be sent from field crews to the Postdoctoral Associate who will develop databases compatible with GRIN (National Genetic Resources Program) and use GIS technology to produce maps that report locations of seed collection sites; record climate data; and archive other data associated with project development. Effective communication with herbarium and Germplasm Conservation Lab staff will be maintained to assure that samples are properly vouchered and preserved. This position offers opportunities to design an independent project compatible with Project Baseline's goals and seek additional funding to increase the position to full-time, as well as to participate in other career-development activities. 


Qualifications:


Essential qualifications include Ph.D. and three years experience in plant ecology, botany, or evolution or other relevant fields; strong organizational, writing, and field skills, including GIS, database development, vegetation and environmental sampling, plant identification, excellent writing and communication skills. Preferred qualifications include experience in a long-term research and outreach programs and experience writing research proposals. Candidates with career interests in research and/or teaching at all types of institutions or working in environmental management through governmental agencies, consulting firms or nonprofit organizations are all welcome. 


Application process:


Applications should include a cover letter with current contact information, CV, summary of research interests and skills, and the names and addresses of three referees. The University of Minnesota requires that you apply online for this position. For a complete position description and information on how to apply online, visithttp://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=96634, and search for Job Requisition #173282. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2011. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. [Posted 30 September 2011]

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Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:51:00 -0400
<![CDATA[THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN, Post-Doctoral Research Associate]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2011/09/01/the-new-york-botanical-garden-post-doctoral-research-associate The New York Botanical Garden, a National Historic Landmark and one of NYCs premier cultural institutions, seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join their Institute of Systematic Botany for the PBI: Miconieae (Melastomataceae) project. This research will produce an online monograph of all 1,800 species in this neotropical tribe, including complete descriptions, images, keys for their identification, and distribution maps for each species, while continuing to research phylogenetic relationships within the tribe. This project presents a unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual to carry out field work in Neotropics, and to participate in the production of a large taxonomic monograph. Funding is available for a minimum of 1 year, and may be extended upon mutual agreement. Applicants should have a Ph.D. at the start date, experience with taxonomic descriptions and nomenclature, as well as desire to be involved in all aspects of multidisciplinary and international project on angiosperm systematics. Experience with interactive key design and implementation and/or field work in the Neotropics is highly desirable.
Qualified applicants should send their CV, statement of interest, reprints if available, and three letters of recommendation to: Attn: Human Resources, SC-1661(HR@NYBG.ORG), The New York Botanical Garden, 200th Street & Kazimiroff Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126, USA. Applications will be reviewed, starting on May 27th until the position is filled. This position will not start before September 1, 2011.
The New York Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Thu, 01 Sep 2011 08:49:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Postdoctoral Position in Inflorescence Development in Chloridoid Grasses.]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2011/06/01/postdoctoral-position-in-inflorescence-development-in-chloridoid-grasses 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 http://www.rsabg.org.

Qualifications

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

Responsibilities

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 (j.travis.columbus@cgu.edu). 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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Wed, 01 Jun 2011 08:47:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Postdoctoral Position in Solanaceae Systematics.]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2011/02/24/postdoctoral-position-in-solanaceae-systematics A postdoctoral position at the University of Utah is available in the area of Solanaceae systematics. Several projects are underway, including one to produce a global monograph of the genus Solanum (Solanaceae). Solanum includes between 1000 and 2000 species and is one of the largest genera of angiosperms. The species level taxonomy, including images, keys and specimen data, are being made available over the Internet on the Solanaceae Source webpage at www.solanaceaesource.org. Other projects include systematic and phylogenetic studies of other genera in the Solanaceae. Responsibilities include monographic taxonomy of selected groups of Solanaceae; specimen and image databasing and manipulation; field work for the collection of herbarium, seed and silica gel samples; generation of molecular data for phylogeny reconstruction (mainly sequences of chloroplast and nuclear genes); maintenance and analysis of living greenhouse collections of Solanaceae; data analysis, presentation, and publication; training and supervision of undergraduate lab assistants; and oversight of routine lab activities. Candidates should have a Ph.D. and experience in plant systematics, field work and with working in a team; experience with Solanaceae is preferred but not required, as is experience with molecular systematics and a variety of methods of data analysis. The position is available for one year beginning in April 2011 and extendable for up to several years as long as funds are available and satisfactory progress is demonstrated. 
Electronic submission of applications is encouraged.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is chosen. Applicants should submit a statement of interest and description of past experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information (names, email addresses, and phone numbers) of three references to:

Lynn Bohs
Department of Biology
257 South 1400 East
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA
E-mail: bohs@biology.utah.edu
Phone: [1] (801) 585-0380
Bohs lab - http://biologylabs.utah.edu/bohs/
Solanaceae Source - http://www.solanaceaesource.org

Information on the Biology Department at the University of Utah is available at http://www.biology.utah.edu The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity Employer. [Posted 24 February 2011]

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Thu, 24 Feb 2011 08:43:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Postdoctoral Positions for the Study of Plant Adaptation: Michigan State University, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, Uppsala University]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2010/12/06/postdoctoral-positions-for-the-study-of-plant-adaptation-michigan-state-university-colorado-state-university-university-of-colorado-uppsala-university Five postdoctoral positions are available to conduct collaborative research on the ecological, physiological and genetic mechanisms of adaptation in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. These positions are associated with a five-year multi-investigator project funded by NSF and the Swedish Research Council to identify the traits, genes, and causal networks involved in adaptation to natural environments. Team members include Doug Schemske (Michigan State University; evolutionary ecology, adaptation), Mike Thomashow (Michigan State University; gene regulatory networks, molecular genetic analysis of cold acclimation, freezing tolerance), John McKay (Colorado State University; adaptation, drought tolerance, population genetics), Barbara Demmig-Adams and William Adams (University of Colorado; ecophysiology of photosynthesis and photoprotection; leaf anatomy/ultrastructure) and Jon Agren (Uppsala University; adaptation, plant evolutionary ecology). Our research addresses the following questions: How do Arabidopsis thaliana from contrasting natural environments differ functionally and structurally? What are the Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) and genes underlying key traits involved in adaptation? How does the substitution of adaptive QTL influence the phenotype, gene expression/regulation and plant fitness? Are there adaptive tradeoffs between traits and/or pleiotropy between adaptive QTL?

Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in evolution and/or physiology, and training in one or more of the following areas: molecular biology, molecular genetics, genomics, evolutionary ecology, and ecophysiology. Activities of the different labs will include studies of functional and structural aspects of plant growth and photosynthesis under different environmental conditions, freezing and drought tolerance, QTL mapping, gene expression studies, construction of Near Isogenic Lines, gene discovery, functional genetic screens, and fieldwork at our European experimental gardens. In addition, each position requires data analysis, the preparation of manuscripts for publication and participation in workshops on career development. The details of each position vary depending on the lab and there will be considerable opportunity for individuals to develop new research directions.

Applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae, a letter stating specific research interests, a summary of research accomplishments and future research objectives, and the names and contact information for three professional references as a single pdf file to John McKay (jkmckay@colostate.edu). Include in the email subject line "plant adaptation postdoc". Candidates who wish to be considered for the position with Jon Agren at Uppsala University should also send these materials to jon.agren@ebc.uu.se. The applications will be reviewed by the research team. A Ph.D. is required. Review of applications will begin January 10 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. The start date is negotiable. The participating universities are Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employers. [Posted 6 December 2010]

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Mon, 06 Dec 2010 08:32:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Ph.D. Student: Evolutionary developmental genetics of inflorescence architecture in Dogwoods – North Carolina State University]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2010/09/21/ph-d-student-evolutionary-developmental-genetics-of-inflorescence-architecture-in-dogwoods-%C3%A2-north-carolina-state-university We are looking for a Ph.D. student to participate in a NSF-funded project investigating the genetic bases of inflorescence evolution in the dogwood family. The student will be working with a multidisciplinary team of three faculty members in the Department of Plant Biology and Department of Genetics at NCSU.

Background and training in plant genetics, evolutionary development or molecular systematics is required. A MS degree and experiences in working with flowering plants in the interface of the three areas are preferred. Experimental skills in plant genetic transformation, RNA in-situ hybridization, RT-PCR or qRT-PCR, and phylogenetics are desired. English skills in writing, speaking, and reading are expected.

The student will be supported by a combination of research funding and teaching assistantship. Women and other minority categories are encouraged to apply. Please send application by e-mail attachment to jenny_xiang@ncsu.edu including a letter outlining your suitability for the position, a detailed CV, and contact details of 3 referees. The position is available in the Spring 2011. [Posted 21 September 2010]

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Tue, 21 Sep 2010 08:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Postdoc: Evolutionary developmental genetics of inflorescence architecture in Dogwoods]]> http://www.aspt.net/careers/post-docs/2010/09/21/postdoc-evolutionary-developmental-genetics-of-inflorescence-architecture-in-dogwoods We are looking for a scientist who is interested in evolutionary developmental genetics of plant morphology. The position is available at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA and funded by the National Science Foundation for 2-4 years. It is open until it is filled.

A PhD in plant genetics, evolutionary development or molecular systematics is required, ideally with experience in working with flowering plants in the interface of the three areas. Experimental skills in plant genetic transformation, RNA in-situ hybridization, RT-PCR or qRT-PCR, and phylogenetics are desired. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and the interest in joining a multidisciplinary team are expected. The postdoc will be working with a team of three faculty members in the Department of Plant Biology and Department of Genetics at NCSU.

The salary is $32,000-35,000 depending on experiences. Women and applicants in minority categories are encouraged to apply. Please send application by e-mail attachment to jenny_xiang@ncsu.edu including a letter outlining your suitability for the position, a detailed CV, and contact details of 3 referees. [Posted 21 September 2010]

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