Three Postdoctoral Research on Genomics of Pollen Thermotolerance

Employer
Center for Watershed Protection
Location
Winston Salem, North Carolina, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 21, 2021
Closes
Aug 02, 2021
Ref
2331959968
Discipline
Climate Change
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Three Postdoctoral Research on Genomics of Pollen Thermotolerance Wake Forest University, Brown University, University of Arizona

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Three postdoctoral research positions are available as part of a collaborative interdisciplinary NSF Plant Genome Research Program funded project that focuses on using modern genomic tools and latest RNA-seq technologies to develop heat-tolerant tomato varieties. Plant reproduction, especially pollen tube elongation and fertilization, are essential for seed and fruit production. However, this critical process is also highly vulnerable to heat stress. Dramatically reduced seed and fruit yield occur when otherwise healthy plants experience heat stress only for a few hours during this critical process. Targeted genetic changes are one way to equip plants to combat heat stress from rising temperatures due to climate change. Tomato is an excellent model plant to investigate and identify the molecular mechanisms that underlie heat tolerance during reproduction, as pollen development in this species is heat sensitive and it is replete with excellent genetic and genomic resources.

Postdoctoral researchers will join either the Johnson lab at Brown University, the Palanivelu lab at the University of Arizona, or the Muday laboratory at Wake Forest University. Applicants can choose to apply to any/all of the positions. These post-doctoral researchers will also benefit from a supportive collaborative research experience that emphasizes mentoring by a team of co-PIs with diverse expertise examining the genomics of tomato pollen tube growth to generate heat-tolerant tomato varieties. This group also includes Dr. James Pease (Wake Forest University) and Dr. Ann Loraine (UNC-Charlotte) whose expertise and focus is on developing bioinformatic and computational approaches for analysis of our group's large scale transcriptomic and genomic datasets. The three postdoctoral positions will each have a unique focus that takes advantage of the resources developed by the group to study reproductive thermotolerance using in vitro and in vivo studies of natural thermotolerant variants, mutants, and transgenic plants with altered flavonoid specialized metabolism that reduces or enhances thermotolerance. Experimental approaches include genomic, genetic, cell biological, and biochemical analyses. Applicants for any of the three positions should send a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three referees to Gloria Muday at muday@wfu.edu .

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Candidates must have or be close to obtaining a Ph.D. in Plant Biology or Genetics or Genomics or any related discipline in Life Sciences

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3 openings.

About Wake Forest University, Brown University, University of Arizona

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