A postdoctoral position is immediately available to study genotype specific interactions of sinorhizobia with Medicago genotypes at the physiological, genomic and genetic levels. This project is part of the UMN Hapmap Project (http://tofu.cfans.umn.edu/about.php) and large-scale GWAS project. Appointment is for 1 year at 100% time, and is renewable for up to one additional year depending on progress. Salary is very competitive and excellent benefits are provided. Applicants require a Ph.D. degree in microbiology, plant biology, molecular biology, or a related field. Familiarity with symbiotic systems and plant-microbe interactions is highly desirable.
Summary of Position: The postdoc will be responsible for independently conducting a series of experiments necessary to complete the aims of a University of Minnesota Biotechnology Institute postdoctoral fellowship related to microbiota of aquatic invasive species. Successful execution of these experiments is necessary to accumulate data for publications to secure additional funding through future grants.
Essential and Other Functions: 50% Conduct Experiments: • Perform and coordinate laboratory genetic and molecular techniques to make deletion and allelic mutants of rhizobia. • Independently conduct microbiological experiments to characterize plant-microbe interactions leading to symbioses. • Characterize all phases of plant-microbe symbioses using physiological, genetic, immunological and genomic criteria. • Grow and maintain legume plants in greenhouse and plant growthchambers.
30% Design Experiments: • Participate in the design and implementation of research projects on both a day-to-day and long-term basis. • Troubleshoot complex research problems and modify protocols to improve efficiency.
10% Prepare Results and Reports: • Prepare and interpret results for publications and presentations. • Prepare project progress reports.
10% Supervision: • Direct and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
Essential Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in microbiology, plant biology, molecular biology, or a related field is required. Extensive research experience in molecular techniques, and analytical protocols is essential, and a demonstrated ability to independently design and carry out research projects and publish research results in a timely fashion.
Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with symbiotic systems and plant-microbe interactions is highly desirable
Internal Number: 332413
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