Perennial wheat provides numerous benefits including a reduction in inputs such as seeds and fertilizers and an increase in soil productivity, compared with annual wheat, but little is known about the genetic basis and molecular mechanism of perennial growth habit in wheat. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to work on the project with three specific aims to: 1) reveal genetic basis of perennial wheat; 2) create mutants to make perennial wheat; 3) understand mechanisms of flowering genes underling the perennial growth habit. The specific objectives of the project will be addressed using genetic, biochemical, and genome-editing approaches. The candidate is also expected to have research expertise and skills in functional validations of genes in plants, including confocal and transmission electron microscopy, assays for split luciferase complementation, and immune-precipitation. This is an 11-month, non-tenure track faculty position. Appointment period is academic year: July 1- May 31. Hours required may include some early mornings, evenings and/or weekends to meet research needs. Post doc appointments are made for a term of one year or less. Reappointment for a total period of not more than three years may be made. Periodic field campaigns will require overnight travel. Travel budget provided.
Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. / Ed.D. in plant genetics and genomics, plant transformation, or related discipline. The candidate will have excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication skills to work collaboratively with the Perennial Agriculture Project scientists, and the ability to work in a professional and timely manner. Experience in transcriptome analysis is preferred. Hands-on experience in gene function validating is desirable. The candidate is also expected to have research expertise and skills in functional validations of genes in plants, including confocal and transmission electron microscopy, assays for split luciferase complementation, and immune-precipitation. Apply online at https://okstate.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=4377. Submit a letter of application indicating interests and background along with a complete resume and official transcripts that indicate year terminal degree granted. Transcripts can be attached or mailed to: 368 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078, Attn: Tina Johnson. For assistance with the on-line application process or to request an accommodation to enable application, contact OSU Human Resources, 106 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 or call 405-744-7401.
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