Postdoc Position in Plant Signaling Mechanisms at Purdue University: The Kessler Lab in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and the Center for Plant Biology at Purdue University is seeking a talented postdoctoral fellow to study plant signal transduction in polarized membrane domains.

Research in the Kessler Lab focuses on the role of MLO-based intercellular communication during plant reproduction and the conservation of this signaling pathway in plant development and plant-biotic interactions. The incumbent is expected to employ a combination of molecular genetics, cell biology, and biochemical approaches to elucidate novel signaling mechanisms in plants.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in plant biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, or related areas. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated researcher with a good track record of first author publications, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and high proficiency in molecular biology, microscopy, and related techniques. Experience working with plant reproduction is considered an asset but is not required.

Application instructions: Interested applicants should send a detailed CV, a cover letter describing research experience and interests along with career goals, and the contact information for 3 references to Dr. Sharon Kessler at  

Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable for additional years (contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding). Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience.

Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. West Lafayette is an affordable college town with all of the amenities associated with major universities. We have a vibrant community of basic and applied plant researchers at Purdue University.

The Kessler Lab is one of 34 basic plant biology labs in the Purdue Center for Plant Biology. This center brings together researchers from across the campus with the goal of providing opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations while mentoring and training the next generation of plant biologists.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit the Kessler Lab’s website:  

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