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Andrew Leakey's Laboratory

Post-doc & technician positions

Position 1 - Molecular biology of stomatal patterning

The Leakey group at the University of Illinois (http://lab.igb.illinois.edu/leakey/) seeks creative and energetic applicants for a postdoctoral associate position studying stomatal patterning, photosynthesis and water use efficiency in model C4 species. The post-doc 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 (http://sustainability.illinois.edu/doe-funds-major-bioenergy-research-center-at-illinois/)  and the Gates Foundation-funded RIPE project  (http://ripe.illinois.edu/).

Position requirements:

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.

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 (laborg@uiuc.edu).

Position is immediately available, but the start-date is flexible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

 

Position 2 - Interactions of roots with shoots and microbes to impact crop resource use efficiency

The Leakey group at the University of Illinois (http://lab.igb.illinois.edu/leakey/) seeks creative and energetic applicants for a postdoctoral associate position studying how the root system interacts with shoots and microbes to influence water use efficiency and nitrogen cycling in model C4 species. The post-doc will be involved in collaborative projects as part of the CABBI DOE Bioenergy Center (http://sustainability.illinois.edu/doe-funds-major-bioenergy-research-center-at-illinois/), which involve a multidisciplinary team of soil biogeochemists, agronomists, geneticists, computer scientists and molecular biologists.  Our goals are to understand the genetic and physiological controls of root growth, water uptake and biological nitrification inhibition 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.

Position requirements:

Candidates should have a strong background in physiology, agronomy or molecular biology, preferably with a focus on root biology. 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 productivity and sustainability of C4 crops.

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 (laborg@uiuc.edu).

Position is immediately available, but the start-date is flexible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.