Postdoc Position: Plant Molecular Biology or Electrophysiology
A postdoctoral scientist position is available immediately in the area of calcium signaling and plant immune responses. The research focuses on delineating steps in plant immune signaling cascades that involve cytosolic calcium elevation, cyclic nucleotide-gated channels, and leucine-rich-repeat receptor-like kinases that act to initiate cell responses to external signals. Prior research expertise with either molecular genetics or patch clamp electrophysiology is requested. Experience with protein biochemistry would also be beneficial. See PNAS 2009 106:20995-21000 for a recent lab publication in this area.
Molecular genetic work would include plasmid construction and immunopurification of recombinant proteins in Arabidopsis. The electrophysiology work could involve analyzing channel properties using patch clamp recordings from native plant cell membranes, as well as from oocytes and HEK cells expressing channel constructs. The scientist will have an opportunity to learn molecular biology research approaches, as well as receive training in use of any of the channel characterization systems. Salary: approximately $41,000-$45,000 depending on experience and expertise. Applicants should have a PhD in genetics, biochemistry or molecular biology. Interested candidates can respond by E-mail and should send a CV, a letter of introduction, and a brief description of previous research. Contact: Dr. Gerry Berkowitz (Gerald.Berkowitz from uconn.edu),
University of Connecticut, Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory, Storrs, CT, USA.
Gerry (Gerald) Berkowitz
Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory
Department of Plant Science
University of Connecticut
1390 Storrs Rd.
Storrs, CT 06269-4163
Phone: 860-486-1945 (office)