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Ph.D. Assistantship, University of Florida

Altpeter, Fredy FAltpeter at mail.ifas.ufl.edu
Tue Oct 22 17:14:43 EST 2002

Ph.D. Assistantship, University of Florida

A graduate research assistantship, leading to a Ph.D. degree in 
Agronomy is anticipated to become available to highly motivated and 
qualified US or international students for the fall of 2003 in the 
Laboratory of Plant Molecular Physiology, Agronomy Department, IFAS, 
University of Florida.

Our research uses efficient genetic transformation protocols for 
grasses (Mol. Breeding 6: 519-528) and cereals (Mol. Breeding 8: 
295-309, J. Plant Physiol. 159: 1131-1138) for the dissection of 
traits (Plant Journal 26: 265-274) and crop improvement (Nature 
Biotechnology 14: 1155-1159, Journal of Plant Physiology 158: 

Thesis research will focus on the development of a genetic 
transformation protocol for one of the most environmentally friendly 
turfgrasses, construction of plant expression vectors, introduction 
of transcription factor candidates with the potential for improved 
abiotic stress tolerance, and characterization of transgenic plants. 
Thesis research will be part of a project aiming at the integration 
of functional genomics and plant transformation for turfgrass and 
crop improvement. This is an ideal opportunity for meaningful 
publications and future professional development in either academia 
or industry.

An earned M.S. degree in agronomy, plant breeding, or a related field 
is required. Previous experience with molecular techniques and tissue 
culture are desirable. The annual stipend will be US$ 15,000 for a 
period of four years and includes tuition.

Interested applicants should send: 1) Current resume including names, 
addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, 2) GRE scores 
and 3) a letter of application describing interests and 
qualifications.  In addition, international students must include a 
copy of their TOEFL scores. Applications and questions related to the 
application process should preferably be send by e-mail to 
<mailto:faltpeter at mail.ifas.ufl.edu>faltpeter at mail.ifas.ufl.edu or 
addressed to: Dr. Fredy Altpeter, Agronomy Department, University of 
Florida, IFAS, PO Box 11O300, Gainesville, FL 32611-300. Review of 
applications will start immediately and continue until a suitable 
candidate is identified.

Gainesville, the home town of the University of Florida, is located 
half way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico with a 
population of 140 000 (46 000 students) and has frequently achieved 
top ratings in quality of life and affordability. More information on 
the University of Florida is available at 

University of Florida is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 
Employer (male/female) and does not discriminate on the basis of 
race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, 
age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or Vietnam Era Veteran 
status in the offering of all benefits, services, and educational and 
employment opportunities.  Women and minorities are encouraged to 

Fredy Altpeter
Assistant Professor
Laboratory of Molecular Plant Physiology
Agronomy Department
University of Florida, IFAS
PO Box 11O300
2191 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-300
Tel.: 352 392 1823 ext. 204 or 216
Fax: 352 392 7248
E-mail: <mailto:faltpeter at mail.ifas.ufl.edu>faltpeter at mail.ifas.ufl.edu



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