Biotic Interactions, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Signals and Responses
Job Summary: Assist project leader with develoment and implementation of research projects while gaining practical experience in a field of molecular plant-virus interactions. The postdoctoral appointment is typically 2-3 years, involves substantial full-time research or scholarship is viewed as preparatory for a fulltime academic and/or research career and is not part of a clinical training program. This project is the study of potyvirus and potexvirus infection interactions with the ER stress signal transduction machinery. We study virus elicitor and host responses. The work is to uncover mechanisms for host regulation of virus infection through the unfolded protein response, autophagy, RNA degradation machinery. Research is carried out using potyviruses and potexviruses in Arabidopsis, N. benthamiana and potato.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Carry out technologies including quantitative RT-PCR, GFP imaging, working with virus infectious clones,immunoblot, co-IP.
Carry out genetic and biochemical studies
Cloning and mutagenesis technologies
Comparative genomics of potato, N. benthamiana, and Arabidopsis
Install, maintain, and operate laboratory equipment and assist with available laboratory supplies and procurement as necessary
Utilize computers to generate graphics, statistical displays, train technicians and graduate students in planning and conducting of research and data analysis.
Maintaining populations of mutant Arabidopsis lines
Maintaining populations of potato lines
Coordinating research with potato breeder
Coordinate research with Core facilitate
Maintain electronic records and electronic notebook with One Note, as well as paper notebook
Must be skilled for working with pathogens in BSL1 conditions
This document represents the major duties, responsibilities and authorities of this job and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned.
Education-PhD in related area of specialization
Experience-must have published research in recognized peer reviewed journals, must have presented research at scientific conferences
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively use personal computer to communicate, prepare proposals, and write first draft of research publications. Ability to effectively communicate with faculty, post-doctoral scientists and staff. Familiarity with appropriate laboratory and some farm equipment.
Registration, Certification, or Licensure---must have driver’s license and be willing to drive to research centers around the state of Texas.
About Texas A&M Agrilife Center in Dallas
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Dallas Center houses research and development for sustainable urban agriculture and ecology, disseminating scientific solutions through public and continuing education programming. Research areas include Plant Virology, Turfgrass Breeding, Genome Research, Plant Environmental Tolerance, Plant Immunity to Disease, Urban Ecology: Engineering, Urban Water Needs, Freshwater Ecosystems: Mussels