Postdoctoral Position in Genetics and Breeding of Cereals to Improve Biological Nitrogen Fixation
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Type: Full Time
Area of Focus:
Applied Plant Biology
Full benefits from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Jean-Michel Ané’s laboratory (http://anelab.wisc.edu/) in the departments of Bacteriology and Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The postdoctoral researcher will be part of an interdisciplinary team studying the plant genetic basis of nitrogen fixation in the mucilage produced by maize and sorghum aerial roots. The postdoctoral researcher will characterize plant genes controlling the trait using genetics and genomics. The researcher will be involved in breeding approaches.
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The researcher will be involved in interdisciplinary collaborations nationally and internationally. We believe diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation. We value each individual’s contributions and respect how their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricable goals. Our lab aims to make science more inclusive of people of all identities. We strongly encourage people of color and all genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply.
To Apply: Please email a cover letter, a full CV, and 3 references to Dr. Jean-Michel Ané (email@example.com) and entitle your email “Application for Maize/Sorghum Genetics and Breeding Postdoctoral Position”.
Requirements: A Ph.D. in Plant Genetics, Plant Breeding, or related fields is required. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. less than 4 years ago. The successful candidate will have co-authored one or more peer-reviewed publications in reputable international plant genetics or plant breeding journals. Candidates with experience in corn or sorghum genetics and breeding are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience in plant-microbe interactions will be considered positively but is not required. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and working well in a collaborative environment are essential.
Understanding how beneficial associations between plants and microbes develop is an important biological question that is particularly relevant in modern agriculture and economy. Our goal is to use microbes better to maintain the sustainability of our agriculture by protecting the environment over the long term and reducing costs for food, feed and biofuel production.
Our laboratory is part of the Department of Bacteriology and the Department of Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. We seek to understand and manipulate the molecular mechanism controlling symbiotic associations between plants and microbes.