Two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Judith Brown, School of Plant Sciences, Plant Pathology/Microbiology. The successful applicant is expected to shown proficiency in molecular biology and molecular virology approaches, virome/microbiome analyses; functional genomics characterization of insect vector-pathogen interactions; plant protoplast-single cell-omics; high throughput sequencing analyses and bioinformatics.

The School of Plant Sciences is a vigorous, cutting edge, and comprehensive academic unit of the University of Arizona, whose scientists are devoted studying of plants, and the organisms that underpin the survival of terrestrial life.

 We seek candidates that will strengthen current efforts by the University and the School of Plant Sciences to promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives on campus, and who will help to promote programs that seek to increase participation from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:            

  • Molecular cloning, DNA sequencing, high-throughput sequencing for characterization of DNA and RNA viral genomes
  • High throughput DNA and RNA sequencing and bioinformatics
  • Phylogenetic, population genetic, molecular clock, and recombination analyses
  • Construction of infectious clones; gene gun & agro-inoculation
  • Dual host pathogen sequencing; transcriptome analysis; reverse genetics-dsRNA design and RNAi gene knockdown.
  • Transgenic plant expression of ds/ssRNA for pathogen-insect vector resistance
  • Prepare reports, manuscripts, and presentations to communicate results and conclusions
  • Regular communications with PI and team members in person and written
  • Training/mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and visiting scientists.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Successful applicants will bring advanced skills in plant molecular biology, molecular virology, virome characterization; dual host-pathogen interactions, RNA interference, general bioinformatics skills applicable to plant-pathogen-insect pathosystems.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in plant virology, molecular plant pathology, entomology, microbiology, plant molecular biology, or equivalent upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in plant pathology/virology research of DNA plant virus and/or fastidious bacterial-prophage- pathosystems; or dsDNA virus-vector interactions.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community.

As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


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