Post Doctoral Associate Position in Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota
A post-doctoral researcher position is available for project on potato and its interaction with soilborne microbes (fungal and bacterial pathogens such as Verticillium dahaliae, Streptomyces scabies, and Pectobacterium and Dickeya species).
Job ID: 347524
Location: Twin Cities
Job Family: Academic
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job Code: 9546
Anticipated Initial Appointment Period: 1 year Salary $48,426 per annum.
WHAT WE EXPECT
The successful candidate will take the lead in understanding the molecular mechanism of plant resistance and the population dynamics of these pathogens.
The candidate will conduct screening of potato varieties to fungal and bacterial pathogens in nurseries and greenhouse-based assays to test hypotheses.
The candidate will establish a culture collection of commonly found fungi and bacteria on Minnesota potatoes to explore their pathogenic dynamics using bioinformatics, microbiological and molecular tools.
The incumbent is expected to take a leadership role in data collection, data analysis, and compiling manuscripts for publication in appropriate journals. The successful candidate may be expected to work closely with different key stakeholders and collaborators and could be involved in supervising undergraduates.
The incumbent will also be expected to present research findings at local and national conferences and assist Pl in writing and preparing Federal/state proposals for submission. Initially, the position is offered for a year and continued support is contingent upon the candidate’s performance and/or funding.
JOB DUTIES AND % TIME:
- (30%) Performing molecular biology, biochemical, and microscopic studies (25%) Develop plans and strategies and conduct field and greenhouse experiments.
- (20%) Writing manuscript, lab notes, and performing statistical and bioinformatics analysis.
- (15%) Surveying and collecting plant and soll samples for research.
- (10%) Mentoring undergrads and presenting findings to stakeholders, including growers and other researchers.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POST DOCTORAL ASSOCIATE POSITION
- Ph.D. in plant pathology or plant sciences or a related area.
- Must be able to lift objects up to 40 lbs.
- Have a driving license or will be required to have it within two months of joining the LAB.
- Published at least 1-2 articles in peer reviewed international journals as the first author in microbe interaction/plant pathology.
- Expertise in molecular biology and sterile microbial techniques.
- Knowledge or experience with on farm rosearch management and operations.
- Experience in analyzing sequence data, construct phylogenetic trees and genotype populations.
- Understand the basic principles of microscopy and be able to make morphological and physiological observations of fungal and bacterial structures used in morphological classification.
- Experience using bioinformatics tools and statistical analysis (Knowledge of using R).
HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be submitted ONLINE (https://hr.myu.umn.edu/lobs/ext/347524).
To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- List of three references
The preferential review of the applicants’ date – May 15th, 2022
Only selected candidates will be informed for further consideration.