The Noble Research Institute, LLC is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on on a NASA-funded project. The project will involve the development of cell-/tissue-type specific genomic techniques using laser capture microdissection (LCM) to understand how gravity/microgravity influences plant growth and development. It is expected that LCM methods developed through this ground-based project will have applications for future plant spaceflight experiments. Research will be in the Plant Cell Biology group under the direction of Dr. Elison Blancaflor.
This temporary position is funded through a grant from NASA. Funding for this temporary position is for one year and is scheduled to end on or before February 1, 2020. However with NASA approval there is a possiblity for a second year of funding which would extend the position to January 31, 2021. Funding for this position is scheduled to begin on February 1, 2019.
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The successful applicant will be responsible for designing and implementation of experiments in the laboratory and/or greenhouse. The primary duties and assignments will include development of cell-/tissue-type specific genomic techniques using laser capture microdissection (LCM) to understand how gravity/microgravity influences plant growth and development. Other duties of the position will include, but are not limited to, diligent and timely design and implementation of research activities, complete data analysis and interpretation, preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and participation in the Institute’s professional development program.
A Ph.D. in the plant sciences or related area is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in microscopy techniques including sectioning and handling of delicate plant material. Additional expertise in plant genomics and bioinformatics will be an advantage. The ideal candidate should be driven and self-motivated, have the patience to learn new techniques, demonstrate strong written/oral communication skills, and have the ability to work independently.