PostDoctoral Research Associates
Reports to: Dr. Guo-Liang
Comments: Works in close collaboration with other PIs, postdocs and technicians on project, especially Drs. Anna Whitfield (NCSU), Tim Sit (NCSU), Guo-Liang (OSU), Peg Redinbaugh (OSU) and Lucy Stewart (USDA), and their research groups..
Project goals are to: 1) develop and test infectious cDNA clones of maize infecting virus(es) in protoplasts and maize plants; 2) examine biology of leafhopper transmission of maize viruses; 3) mutagenesis to identify gene expression or silencing capacity and gene function; 4) publish results in peer-reviewed journals.
65% Designs and executes rigorous experiments to:
Develop and test full-length and replicons derived from viruses for replication and infectivity in maize plants and protoplasts.
Examine biology of leafhopper transmission of maize viruses
Assay gene and sequence function and identify sequence insertion sites for gene expression and virus-induced gene silence by mutagenesis.
20% Analyzes and interprets project data; summarizes progress for monthly project reports; prepares manuscripts.
15% Collaborates and communicates effectively with supervisor, project PIs and collaborators; works cooperatively with other lab members; contributes to the development, archiving, and maintenance of experimental materials, including preparing solutions and buffers required for personal research; maintains plants and viruses associated with project; maintains thorough records that are compliant with project standards and an orderly workspace, and complies with required safety and operating procedures.
A Ph.D. in Virology, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Entomology, or a closely related field and experience in molecular virology research required. Requires successful completion of a criminal background check. Experience and expertise in developing and manipulating infectious plant virus cDNAs, protoplast inoculation, leafhopper or other insect transmission, and microscopy are highly desirable.
Apply: Upload c.v., cover letter, and list of 3 references at https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/90674. Position open until filled; preferred start date Jan. 2019.