The Leakey group at the University of Illinois (http://lab.igb.illinois.edu/leakey/) seeks creative and energetic applicants for 3 postdoctoral associate positions 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 (http://sustainability.illinois.edu/doe-funds-major-bioenergy-research-center-at-illinois/) and the Gates Foundation-funded RIPE project (http://ripe.illinois.edu/).
Position 1: Molecular biology of stomatal patterning
Candidates should have a strong background in plant molecular genetics, preferably with a focus on stomatal patterning. Interest in the design of synthetic transcriptional circuits is preferable. 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. Start date as early as November 2017, but flexible.
Position 2: Physiology of leaf gas exchange and water use efficiency
Candidates should have a strong background in plant physiology, with experience of using leaf gas exchange to study stomatal or photosynthetic function. Experience of studying photosynthesis or drought responses in the field is preferable. The successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with a team that is generating transgenic events and identifying natural diversity in water use efficiency of setaria and sorghum. Start date as early as November 2017, but flexible.
Position 3: High-throughput phenotyping of field-grown C4 crops
Candidates should have a strong background in remote sensing or high-throughput phenotyping. Experience in use of UAVs/ ground-based vehicles for image acquisition or image analysis is preferable. The successful applicant will be expected to actively engage with a collaborative team taking transgenic and quantitative genetic approaches to improving the water use efficiency of sorghum. Start date is June 2018, but flexible.
Project details can be found at: http://lab.igb.illinois.edu/leakey/research
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed as they are received.