Two (2) postdoctoral positions in plant genetic engineering are available starting immediately in the laboratory of C. Neal Stewart, Jr. at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Plant Sciences affiliated with the Center for Agricultural Synthetic Biology. Positions are grant-funded. Postdocs will primarily be responsible for improving the genetic engineering of plants and altering DNA for more effective gene expression and trait development in crops, which include a subset of the following models, potato, soybean, canola, grasses such as switchgrass, and duckweed. The postdocs will improve the genetics of plants to help address real world challenges in agriculture and the environment. Collaborations will include scientists and staff within and outside of the university. Postdoc applicants who are interested in high throughput screening of DNA in plant cells using automation and robotics as well as synthetic biology are especially encouraged to apply. Postdocs give presentations, write reports and write manuscripts intended for publication.
The initial appointment is for two years with a mandatory 6-month probationary period, with a possibility of renewal for up to four years based on performance and continued grant funding. All postdocs in the lab are expected to generate at least one first-author paper per year from their UT work.
Salary is based on experience and qualifications according to UT policy. In addition, UT provides an excellent fringe benefits package. Knoxville is located near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, has a low cost of living, and a moderate climate. Successful candidates will have an appointment also in the Center for Agricultural Synthetic Biology (agsynbiocenter.org).
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