Postdoctoral Associate – Dissecting the dynamic evolution of paralogs in shaping trait variation across the Solanum Pan-Genome
A postdoctoral associate position is available in the Van Eck lab at The Boyce Thompson Institute, located on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY. The postdoctoral associate will be part of a team collaborating on a project to study how paralog diversification shapes species-specific phenotypes. We are leveraging a genus-wide Solanum pan-genome and our expertise in functional genomics for this study.
The project will integrate classical and quantitative genetics, plant bioengineering including genome editing, and transcriptomic/bioinformatics techniques. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading efforts with a wild species of Solanum to understand paralog evolution related to crop productivity and the potential for improving underutilized species.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in molecular biology, plant genetics, plant biology, or related fields. Experience with plant bioengineering, genome editing, gene construct design, and bioinformatics is highly desirable, but all are not required. Applicants should be self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic, and be willing to contribute intellectually in a team environment. Excellent communication skills are required.
To apply, please include the following: 1) a cover letter describing your previous experience, summary of research accomplishments, and interest in this position; 2) your CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references.
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