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Description

A postdoctoral research associate opportunity is available in the Underwood lab at the USDA-ARS in Fargo, ND. This opportunity is available through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Participation Program.

The postdoctoral associate will contribute to a research project focused on molecular and physiological understanding of the interaction between cultivated sunflower and the fungal plant pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. This fungus causes disease and economic loss on many important crop plants and can cause several distinct diseases on cultivated sunflower. Specifically, the participant will study the role of tolerance to the toxic metabolite oxalic acid, produced by S. sclerotiorum, in sunflower resistance to Sclerotinia basal stalk rot. The research project will involve evaluation of oxalic acid accumulation in sunflower lines exhibiting tolerance or sensitivity to the toxin, physiological characterization of the mechanisms of oxalic acid tolerance, and whole-genome transcriptional profiling of sunflower responses to oxalic acid in tolerant and sensitive lines. This research will make an important contribution to a broader effort to develop sunflower germplasm resources with improved resistance to Sclerotinia diseases.

The participant will receive training, mentoring, and experience in the biology of plant-microbe interactions, with specific emphasis on plant disease caused by a necrotrophic fungus and quantitative disease resistance. The participant will gain experience working in a non-model crop disease pathosystem. Additionally, the participant will gain experience in transcriptional profiling using next-generation sequencing, including bioinformatic and computational analyses of large datasets. The participant will have career development opportunities such as presenting research results at national and international meetings. The participant will also receive mentoring in grantsmanship, writing and submission of research publications, and presenting research to other scientists and stakeholder groups. The appointment will initially be for 12 months with additional time depending on satisfactory performance and funding.

Please apply online at the Zintellect ORISE website at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-ARS-2021-0175

Contact William Underwood at USDA-ARS Sunflower & Plant Biology Research Unit for any questions about the opportunity.



Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have received a doctoral degree within the last 60 months or expect to receive a doctoral degree by 8/1/21.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in plant molecular biology; experience working with plant diseases and phytopathogenic microorganisms; experience with molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid isolation, PCR, and RT-qPCR; and experience with transcriptomics, next generation sequencing, and related bioinformatics analyses and software tools.

Applications will be accepted through 8/26/21 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57762490
  • Location:
    Fargo, North Dakota, United States
  • Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Plant Pathology
  • Company Name: USDA-ARS
  • Job Function: Post Doc
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $53,433.00 - $53,433.00 (Yearly Salary)
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