Agricultural Research Coordinator 1.
Technical position available in Plant Pathology at the University of
This is a permanent hard money (state) position with benefits. The
starting salary is between 24,329 and 26,761. Individual must be
interested in long term employment.
Agricultural Research Coordinator I, $24,329 annually, DEPARTMENT: Plant
QUALIFICATIONS: BS in Life Sciences req., MS pref., 3-5 yrs. related lab
exp. req. preferably w/
genetics & molecular biology, comp. skills.
Description of the work in our lab:
Our laboratory focuses on the genetics of fungal dimorphic growth. Fungal
dimorphism is the ability of a fungus to express two forms, 1) filamentous
growth or 2) budding growth, as in brewer's yeast. Our work focuses on a
fungus that attacks plants; however, dimorphism is also common in animal
and human pathogens and their dimorphic state is often correlated with the
ability to cause disease. We concentrate our effort on a pathogen of maize
called Ustilago maydis, the causal agent of corn smut disease. Corn smut is
one of the important model systems for the study of fungal-plant disease
interactions. U. maydis has a complex life cycle in which dimorphism plays
a central role in pathogenesis. In corn smut, the yeast form cannot
colonize the plant, but the filamentous phase is able to infect and ramify
throughout the host tissue. We have identified a number of mutants which
are affected in the ability of the fungus to grow in the filamentous phase.
At least some of these mutations dramatically affect disease progression.
We have now cloned several genes that control filamentous growth and will
further characterize their role in morphological and disease development.
This information will have wide significance for understanding fungal
growth and may provide new insights into novel targets for plant disease
control. The results will likely have important implications for animal and
human fungal diseases as well.
In addition to work on U. maydis we are also carrying out more applied
population genetic research currently with Rhizoctonia solani and
Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. In this work we are collaborating with other
plant pathologists in the state.
We have an active, congenial and well funded laboratory and Athens is a
superb place to work and live.
What follows includes a description of the work involved in the position.
1) General Nature:
Provide continuity and leadership to research program by performing
independent research involving molecular and applied studies of
plant-fungal pathogen interactions and supervision of and cooperation with
postdoctoral scientists, as well as graduate and undergraduate research and
laboratory assistants. General tasks involve independent experimental
design, execution data analysis, searching and reading the literature,
writing manuscripts and cooperating in the writing of grant proposals.
2. Specific Duties:
65% of time
Independently conduct routine experiments in plant pathology and molecular
biology. Performs complex multistep experimentation in which critical
analysis of each step is essential for final success. Maintain detailed
laboratory notes to be regularly reported to supervisor. Assist in
interpreting results and in planning future experiments.
20% of time
Oversee the general operation of the laboratory. This includes: a) keeping
a current laboratory inventory and stock, b) supervising the assignment of
the various laboratory duties, c) maintaining chemical radioisotope and
equipment inventories, d) ensuring appropriate safety procedures for
handling and disposal of radioactive and hazardous materials, e)
maintaining fungal cultures and other sensitive reagents, h) co-supervise
and carry out newly established cooperative applied research projects.
2% of time
Supervise hourly technical support personnel.
6% of time
Assist and supervise postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate
4% of time
Writing manuscripts. This work is self directed and will be the primary
responsibility of the in the incumbent in collaboration with the PI. Attend
formal and informal scientific meetings and present results.
2% of time
Assisting with grant proposal preparation.
1% of time
Hire student laboratory assistants.
Please submit rsum and cover letter to:
co/AG Research Coordinator 1
Human Resources Building
Athens, GA 30602-4135
Also send me an email indicating your interest and your qualifications as
well as any questions you would like answered.
sgold at .uga.cc.uga.edu
Scott E. Gold
Department of Plant Pathology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7274
sgold at uga.cc.uga.edu