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[Arabidopsis] Post-doc positions available

Katrien M. Devos via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by kdevos from uga.edu)
Wed Nov 26 08:17:04 EST 2008


Post-Doc Positions Available - University of Georgia, Athens, USA

 

1. Genetic Analysis of Switchgrass, a Bioenergy Crop

A 3-year postdoctoral position is available to work on a DOE-funded project
to enhance our understanding of the genetics of switchgrass, Panicum
virgatum.  Switchgrass is a grass native to the USA and has many
characteristics which make it suitable for development as a bioenergy crop.
It is currently bred and grown for forage.  Nevertheless, very little is
known about the genetics of switchgrass.  Switchgrass is predominantly
tetraploid or octoploid, depending on the ecotype, and is an outcrossing
species.  The project will involve marker development, genetic mapping,
linkage disequilibrium studies, and diversity and association analyses, and
is part of a larger initiative that focuses on enhancing the bioconversion
potential of switchgrass.  

Individuals interested in the position should send a Curriculum Vitae,
including the names and contact information for at least three people who
can provide recommendations, to Katrien M. Devos, Dept. of Crop and Soil
Sciences and Dept. of Plant Biology, 3111 Miller Plant Sciences, University
of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 ( <mailto:kdevos from uga.edu> kdevos from uga.edu).  The
preferred start date for the position is February 1st 2009.  Salary will be
commensurate with appropriate experience. Review of applications will start
on December 22nd and continue until a suitable applicant has been found.  

 

 

2. Genetic Analysis of Foxtail Millet, a Model for Switchgrass

A 3-year postdoctoral position is available to work on a USDA/DOE-funded
project to develop foxtail millet as a model for switchgrass.  Switchgrass
is being developed as a bioenergy crop, but its polyploid and largely
self-incompatible nature will complicate genetic analyses.  Foxtail millet,
Setaria italica, a food crop grown mainly in Asia, is a close relative of
switchgrass and has the advantages, at least from a genetic point of view,
of being diploid and having a small and stable genome.  The foxtail millet
genome will be sequenced by the DOE-Joint Genome Initiative and a 4X
sequence is expected to be available by Spring 2009.  A mapping population
is being developed between Yugu1, the foxtail millet variety selected for
sequencing, and a S. viridis accession.  S. viridis is the presumed
progenitor of foxtail millet.  The project will involve sequencing of S.
viridis using next-generation sequencing technology, comparative analysis of
the S. italica and S. viridis sequence to identify SNP markers, construction
of a genetic map and anchoring of the sequence to the genetic map.     

Individuals interested in the position should send a Curriculum Vitae,
including the names and contact information for at least three people who
can provide recommendations, to Katrien M. Devos, Dept. of Crop and Soil
Sciences and Dept. of Plant Biology, 3111 Miller Plant Sciences, University
of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 ( <mailto:kdevos from uga.edu> kdevos from uga.edu).  The
preferred start date for the position is February 1st 2009.  Salary will be
commensurate with appropriate experience. Review of applications will start
on December 22nd and continue until a suitable applicant has been found.  

 

 

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Katrien M. Devos

Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, and Dept. of Plant Biology

3111 Miller Plant Sciences Building

University of Georgia,

Athens, GA 30602

Tel: (706) 542-0925

Fax: (706) 542-0914

E-mail:  <mailto:kdevos from uga.edu> kdevos from uga.edu

 



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