The Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant/Associate Specialist position to conduct research on plant cytokinesis in the Drakakaki group.
Dissecting molecular mechanisms of plant cytokinesis and cell plate development During plant cell division the formation of a novel structure, the cell plate, which evolves into the new cell wall, separates the new daughter cells. Although this process is of profound importance to all plant life on earth, yet fundamental questions remain unanswered. This project focuses on dissecting the highly dynamic process of cell plate formation by employing 4D quantitative image analysis, biophysical modeling, biochemistry and genetics coupled with chemical inhibition of key players in cell division. Using chemical biology as a tool, we have identified candidate genes regulating cytokinesis and generated the genetic and biochemical recourses for their characterization.
The NSF funded project will use biochemical, and genetic approaches combined with chemical biology and quantitative microscopy to characterize novel molecular players involved in cell plate development. The candidate will be integrated in a larger research team, that includes experts from diverse disciplines at UCD and nationally. The successful candidate will use protein biochemistry (protein interaction) and genetics (genetic mutants) to characterize the candidate genes involved in cytokinesis and disseminate the outcome in the form of peer review publications and presentations.
I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (90%) A. The appointee will collaborate with other research and extension personnel in carrying out research on endomembrane trafficking during plant cytokinesis. Specifically, the research will include biochemical and genetic characterization of candidate proteins involved in cytokinesis and cell plate development.
B. The appointee will use genetic approaches in combination with quantitative imaging and modeling to characterize gene function in plant cell division.
C. The appointee will take the responsibility in the planning and execution of experiments, data analysis, annotate results and writing of scientific papers to disseminate the results.
D. In collaboration with the Pl, appointee is expected to prepare manuscripts and contribute to publications in peer-reviewed journals that acknowledge the appointees' significant contribution to the project.
E. Assist in preparing project proposals to funding agencies.
F. The appointee will be responsible for the data management of the research project while assisting in dissemination of data and biological material produced within the framework of the project.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%) A. Contribute to writing reports and present results to project collaborators.
B. Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies such as ASPB and ASCB.
C. Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to plant cell biology.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%) A. Appointee will work with Pl in the implementation of training activities, lab safety compliance and lab management as well as preparing information for presentation at scientific meetings.
B. Participate in outreach activities within the group and the department training high school and undergraduate students or engage in workshops and public speaking events.
To Apply: Qualified applicants should complete application in RECRUIT, upload a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter.
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