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Andrew Leakey's Laboratory

Post-doc & technician positions

The Leakey group at the University of Illinois ( seeks creative and energetic applicants for a postdoctoral associate position studying stomatal patterning, photosynthesis and water use efficiency in model C4 species. The team of researchers will be involved in long-term collaborative projects funded by the Department of Energy, which involve a multidisciplinary team of physiologists, geneticists, computer scientists and molecular biologists.  Our goals are to understand the genetic and physiological controls of photosynthetic water use efficiency through a combination of molecular genetics, quantitative genetics, and physiology. The project will benefit substantially from significant advances in high-throughput phenotyping and germplasm development made by our team and collaborators in recent years, as well as a new large-scale field facility for imposing drought treatments. The positions will offer excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary training and a creative work environment at the Institute for Genomic Biology, which houses the CABBI DOE Bioenergy Center (  and the Gates Foundation-funded RIPE project  (


Position description: Molecular biology of stomatal patterning

Candidates should have a strong background in plant molecular genetics or molecular physiology, preferably with a focus on stomata or photosynthesis. The successful applicant will be expected to actively engage with a collaborative team using synthetic biology, gene editing and enhanced efficiency transformation strategies to improve the water use efficiency of sorghum. Position is immediately available, but the start-date is flexible.


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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an equal opportunity employer and offers highly competitive salary and excellent health care benefits. Questions about these positions or applications including a letter of application, CV and the names of three referees can be addressed by email to Melinda Laborg ( Applications will be reviewed as they are received.