Project Scientist/Postdoc Position in Wheat Genetics of flowering
We offer an exciting opportunity to work as project leader in the wheat molecular genetics
laboratory of the University of California, Davis (postdoc or Project Scientist depending on
experience). Our laboratory has cloned the major regulatory genes of the flowering pathway in
wheat and barley (see publications at http://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/Dubcovsky/). We are
currently focusing in the interactions between phytochromes and photoperiod pathway. We have
developed knock out mutants for all three wheat phytochromes and of multiple wheat flowering
in a single tetraploid wheat background and already combined many of them. Our goal is to
identify the genes and gene interactions involved in the phytochromes regulation of the
photoperiod pathway in the temperate cereals. Components of this project include the
combination and characterization of TILLING mutants, analysis of wheat transgenic plants,
promoter dissection studies, RNAseq studies of PHY mutants and wild type lines, and
characterization of genetic and biochemical interactions among flowering genes.
Applicants with a Ph.D. in plant molecular genetics will be given top priority. Knowledge of
biochemical techniques is an advantage. Past experience with laboratory-based research in
molecular genetics is required. Top applicants will have experience in plant genetics and
flowering genes. Experience with temperate cereals is a plus. A postdoc / Project Scientist
position is available immediately but the start date is flexible. Salary will be commensurate with
experience ($45,000 to $60,000). The position includes full health insurance benefits. The
appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed annually for up to three years
depending on performance.
Applications, including a letter of interest in the position, CV, and the names and contact
information of three referees, should be emailed to Jorge Dubcovsky at [email protected]
in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis.
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