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[Arabidopsis] Two Graduate Research Assistantships (1 Ph.D, 1 MS) in Genetic Improvement of BIOENERGY Grasses

Altpeter,Fredy via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by altpeter from UFL.EDU)
Mon Jul 28 16:11:11 EST 2008

Two Graduate Research Assistantships (1 Ph.D, 1 MS) in Genetic Improvement of BIOENERGY Grasses are available in the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Physiology, Agronomy Department, IFAS, Univ. of Florida http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu/Altpeter.HTML<https://email.ifas.ufl.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu/Altpeter.HTML>.

Lignocellulosic materials produced by biomass grasses are a promising feedstock to produce low-cost ethanol. Genetic improvement of grasses through genetic engineering or targeted mutagenesis will enhance their quality and reduce costs associated with biomass conversion to fuel. A description of our research objectives to develop genetically enhanced grasses can be found at: http://www.mae.ufl.edu/Energy/index.php?src=faculty&ID=79. Efficient nuclear grass transformation or mutagenesis protocols are established in our laboratory.

Job Description: Selected candidates will focus on RNAi suppression of rate limiting genes in the lignin biosynthetic pathway or high level expression of cell wall degrading enzymes to enhance biomass quality and quantity. This will include gene cloning, tissue culture, gene transfer, molecular and biochemical characterization of improved grasses.

Qualifications: The successful applicants must have a first-class Master's or BS degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Plant Science or Microbiology. The successful Ph.D candidates will have demonstrated experience in standard molecular biology techniques and plant transformation and a demonstrated ability to perform research at an advanced level. Superior communication skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team are essential.

Stipend: Stipend is commensurate with training and experience and will include tuition and a contribution to health insurance.

To Apply: You will find information on how to apply at http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu/gradadmission.html. Send also a cover letter describing your research interests and career goals, CV, transcripts, and the contact information for three references preferably by e-mail to faltpeter from ifas.ufl.edu<mailto:faltpeter from 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 suitable candidates are identified. Research may potentially start as early as September 2008 but applicants must apply for a January 2009 start date in the Ph.D. or Masters program.

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 http://gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070506/SUNFRONT/7...<http://gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070506/SUNFRONT/705060331&SearchID=73280328541268>. More information on the University of Florida is available at http://www.ufl.edu. 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 apply.

Fredy Altpeter
Associate Professor
Laboratory of Molecular Plant Physiology
Agronomy Department
University of Florida, IFAS
PO Box 11O300
2191 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, FL32611-300
Tel.: 352 392 1823 ext. 204, 216 or 218
Fax: 352 392 7248
E-mail: altpeter from ufl.edu

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