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Karam.Singh at csiro.au Karam.Singh at csiro.au
Mon Sep 2 19:49:08 EST 2002

Dr.Karam Singh
CSIRO Plant Industry
Private Bag, #5
Wembley, WA 6913

Tel  61 (0) 8 93336320
Fax 61 (0) 8 93878991
email karam.singh at csiro.au

Street address for express mail: CSIRO Plant Industry
Underwood Avenue, Corner Brockway Road, Florest,
WA 6014, Australia


   References  PG:02070 and PG:02078

We require two motivated post-doctoral fellows to join a well established
team working on plant responses to biotic stress with the focus on the
transcriptional control of genes important for plant defence/stress
responses. The research will be primarily carried out in the model plant
Medicago truncatula. CSIRO is developing a major program in M. truncatula,
which has many advantages for molecular genetic studies including powerful
genomic tools.

Position PG:02070: The post-doctoral fellow will join a collaborative
research group in the CSIRO Divisions of Entomology and Plant Industry
investigating the molecular basis of plant defence to sapsucking insects.
The research will identify genes induced by aphid feeding in resistant and
susceptible, near-isogenic lines of M. truncatula using a range of molecular
and genomic approaches, with the aim of elucidating plant defence against
economically important aphid species.

Position PG:02078: The postdoctoral fellow will utilise molecular genetic
approaches to analyse fungal disease resistance in legumes using M.
truncatula. The research will involve: a) differential screens and gene
expression profiling to identify plant genes differentially expressed
following infection with specific necrotrophic fungal pathogens; b) forward
genetic screens with promoter elements from defence inducible genes linked
to the luciferase reporter gene to isolate and characterise mutants altered
in defence signal transduction. The position is co-funded by GRDC and CSIRO
and forms part of a large project involving University research groups in
Perth, Western Australia.

The appointees will have proven research ability in molecular biology and a
Ph.D. in molecular biology or a related discipline relevant to the project.
Both positions are for a term of 3 years and will be based in the laboratory
of Dr Karam Singh in CSIRO, Plant Industry, Perth.  The laboratory is very
well equipped and has access to state-of-the-art genomics/proteomics
equipment.  CSIRO is the major research organisation in Australia and is
internationally recognised for its strengths in plant molecular biology.
Further information about CSIRO Entomology and Plant Industry can be found
at www.ento.csiro.au <http://www.ento.csiro.au> or www.pi.csiro.au
<http://www.pi.csiro.au> respectively. Perth is a beautiful city of 1.4
million on the coast of Western Australia.  More information on Perth and
the state of Western Australia can be obtained from the Western Australian
Tourism Commission home page www.westernaustralia.net
<http://www.westernaustralia.net> .

For selection documentation and details on how to apply visit

www.csiro.au/careers <http://www.csiro.au/careers>
Alternatively contact 1300 301 509

Applicants are welcome to apply for both positions but should make this
clear in their application.  Applications must be received by September
16th, 2002.

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