TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY OTIS L. FLOYD NURSERY RESEARCH CENTER
A post-doctoral researcher position is available for a project on the effects of soil-borne disease management strategies on microbial communities and soil-borne diseases.
The successful candidate will take a lead on determining microbial community structure associated with soil-borne disease management strategy using terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) analysis, real time-PCR amplification and macroarray analyses. The candidate will be conducting general plant disease diagnoses using microscopy, culturing, serology, PCR and survey for plant pathogens in Tennessee nurseries.
The candidate will establish a culture lection of commonly found fungi, oomycetes and bacteria on woody ornamentals in Tennessee, for conducting molecular studies to explore their movement within and among nurseries and finally improving the nursery best management practices. This is a grant funded position, will end when the grant expires.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Be able to involve in cooperative work with plant pathologists, horticulturists, entomologists, extension agents/specialists and other disciplines.
2. Be able to work independently and use a number of sampling protocols and isolation techniques.
3. Have extensive knowledge on molecular techniques commonly used to entify fungi, oomycetes and bacteria. These include methods for genomic DNA extraction, terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) analysis, PCR, real time-PCR amplification and macroarray analyses and genotyping.
4. Be able to analyze sequence data, construct phylogenetic trees and genotype populations.
5. Be able to do statistical analysis.
6. Basic knowledge of mycology and taxonomy of fungi and bacteriology.
7. Understand the basic principles of microscopy and be able to make morphological and physiological observations of fungal and oomycetes structures used in morphological classification.
8. Preparation of manuscripts to be submitted for peer-reviewed scientific journals.
9. Participation in meetings, seminars, talks, lectures, preparation of research results for publication in reports.
10. Supervise graduate students, interns and hourly employees in the laboratory or field setting.
11. Be able to operate vehicle to lect sample from field. Minimum Qualifications/ExperienceApplicants should have a strong interest in population biology of fungi, oomycetes as well as classical fungal taxonomy to entify unknown genera using microscopy and culture work. Experience with plant disease diagnostics, T-RFLP, Real-time PCR, PCR, sequencing and genotyping are essential. The candidate must have published in peer-reviewed journals.
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