Postdoctoral Fellow - Plant Pathologist
Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences: Coastal Research and Education Center
Charleston, South Carolina
Jan 27, 2021
The Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center and the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Plant Pathology (Virology). This is a USDA-Foreign Agriculture Service-funded international research project with Philippines to apply biotechnology techniques to improve disease resistance of tomato with primary emphasis in the CRISPR technology to generate plant materials with resistance vector-borne viruses on tomato and other crops. Second part of the project is to develop molecular markers associated with viral disease resistance in cucurbit crops (cucumber, watermelon and bottle gourd) as a part of USDA NIFA-funded CucCAP2 project. Start date is negotiable, but the position is open immediately.
A Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Virology, Plant Molecular Biology or a closely related discipline is required. Ideally, candidates should have demonstrated expertise in the CRISPR technology and next-generation sequencing. Experiences in plant tissue culture and marker-assisted breeding are preferred. Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, field work, greenhouse experiments, lab research, data analysis, manuscript preparation, mentoring students and visitors, and presentations at national/international meetings. For more information on the Ling’s Lab visit: link or contact PIs: Matthew A Cutulle at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kai-Shu Ling at: email@example.com.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The postdoctoral scholar will conduct and develop gene-edited plants or genetic improvement of vegetable crops with resistance to viral diseases and transfer the genetic materials and technologies to the partner collaborators in the U.S. and/or the Philippines.
1. Field, greenhouse and laboratory research and data analysis: 60%
2. Prepare publications and proposals: 20%
3. Mentor/supervise students or visitors conducting related research: 10%
4. Prepare research presentations: 5%
5. Assist with laboratory management: 5%
PAY & WORK SCHEDULE: Standard Hrs: 40. Annual starting salary is USD$56,550 per annum, plus benefits. The position will be renewable annually for up to two years, contingent on satisfactory performance.
JOB LOCATION: The Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center and the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in 2700 Savannah Highway, Charleston, South Carolina.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Virology, Plant Molecular Biology or a closely related discipline. Candidates must have experience in the CRISPR technology and next-generation sequencing.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experiences in plant tissue culture and marker-assisted breeding are preferred.
To apply, please submit 1. cover letter describing applicable experience, 2. C.V., 3. contact details for three references, and 4. unofficial transcripts to http://apply.interfolio.com/83425. If a Ph.D. degree has not yet been earned, please indicate anticipated graduation date.
Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by February 15, 2021.
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