Postdoctoral Research Associate: Fungal Genetics
A Post-doctoral Research Associate position in fungal genetics is available in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The position is available in Dr. Mideros’ laboratory of plant pathology. The position will be part of the funded USDA/DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy project entitled Conserved genetic mechanisms for biotic stress in sorghum. The selected scientist will be responsible to identify key fungal pathogenesis genes present in maize isolates of Setosphaeria turcica (syn. Exserohilum turcicum) that allow sorghum to avoid infection. The overall objective of the project is to gain a systems-level understanding of the pathosystem by leveraging natural genetic variation, host specificity of the pathogen, and transcriptome analysis to improve biotic stress resistance in sorghum.
· Conduct greenhouse experiments with maize, sorghum and/or wheat inoculated with fungal pathogens.
· Extract high-quality DNA, RNA, and prepare libraries for Illumina sequencing.
· Develop a fungal bi-parental population.
· Conduct gene expression analysis with RNAseq data and genetic mapping with GBS data.
· Write research and review articles for peer-reviewed journals.
· Follow literature relevant to the project and independently adjust and troubleshoot protocols based on up to date information.
· Mentor and guide graduate and undergraduate students.
· Work as part of a team of scientists.
· A Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Crop Sciences, Plant Biology or a related field.
· First author on a minimum of two peer-reviewed articles related to plant-microbe interactions.
· Experience with basic molecular biology techniques: DNA and RNA extraction.
· Experience with statistics and bioinformatics tools and familiarity with command line operations. Preferably specific experience with tools to call SNPs, analyze transcriptome data, and/or conduct genetic mapping.
· Two years of experience in a plant pathology laboratory: media preparation, pathogen growth, sterile technique, microscopy.
· Two years of experience conducting inoculated greenhouse experiments.
· Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
Interested individuals should submit a single PDF application to Dr. Mideros (). The application file shall include: i) a cover letter highlighting how your experience reflected in your publications and your CV fit the requirements of the position, and iii) contact information for three professional references. Three confidential letters of recommendation will be requested by the Department of Crop Sciences from the listed references.