The Bailey-Serres group performs translational plant biology from gene to field. We seek to harness genetic mechanisms that provide climate change resilience to crops, particularly flooding, drought and nutrient stress resilience. We work from the single cell to whole plant level.

Our studies have defined mechanisms of low oxygen sensing and post-transcriptional gene regulation, from the epigenome to the “mRNPome” and translatome. This knowledge is of importance to efforts that seek to stabilize crop yields as Earth’s population grows, arable land decreases, and climate patterns change.

Professor Julia Bailey-Serres directs UCR’s Center for Plant Cell Biology and NSF-funded Plants3D-NRT (National Research Trainineeship) program for graduate studies bridging plant biology and engineering. The group is dedicated to promoting science education and professional development as well as fostering diversity and innovation in collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

We are seeking a new postdoc

The Bailey-Serres group of the Center for Plant Cell Biology, University of California-Riverside seeks a postdoc with demonstated experience in plant developmental biology and molecular genetics to work on engineering gene regulatory circuitry relevant to plant-environment interactions including drought, flooding and arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Our new “rice root response atlas”, to be published in early May in Developmental Cell, will seed the project, along with unpublised work on root-AMF interactions. The project seeks to discover and manipulate plant-environmental responses for a beneficial outcome in the field.

Desired experience includes: research on rice or another monocot, knowledge or root developmental biology, plant-environment interactions including water-extremes or microbial interactions, tissue culture, and compuational analysis of genomic data. Strong organizational, communication and collaborative skills are a necessity.

The individual will be a part of the multi-university NSF PGRP Plasticity Project that includes the Brady and Sinha groups at UC Davis, the Deal group at the University of Georgia, and the Paszkowski group at Cambridge University. The individual will work synergistically with others in the group and on the project. It is expected that the individual will mentor undergraduate students in research.

A PhD is required. The salary will be based on UC postdoctoral researcher salary scale and is based on experience and includes fringe benefits. Riverside is affordable and near to beaches, deserts and Los Angeles.

Applications must include a letter describing your motivation, a current CV, and the names of three referees by 1/6/22. Application review will begin promptly and the position will be close as soon as it is filled. serres@ucr.edu. . Send motivation, CV and names of 3 referees to serres@ucr.edu. Details: https://baileyserreslab.org

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