Delaware State University
Vacancy Announcement - Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate in Plant Biotechnology
NIFA-USDA Grant (6015)
College of Agriculture, Sciences and Technology
Apply online at www.desu.edu
Applications will be accepted until position is filled
THIS IS A 100% GRANT FUNDED POSITION
A Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate position sponsored by a NIFA-USDA grant is available immediately at the College of Agricultural, Sciences and Technology at Delaware State University, Delaware, USA. The project integrates molecular biology, genetics, synthetic, system biology, and plant biotechnology, biochemistry/bioprocessing to develop and characterize novel bioengineered Brachgypodium and Switchgrass with enhanced downstream bio-processing characteristics through reduction or elimination of lignin recalcitrance. The overall goal of the project is to make biofuels and bio-based chemicals production from such grasses much cheaper hereby increasing their global competitiveness as bio-energy feedstocks.
1. Assemble hyperthermophilic and mesophilic lignin hydrolyzing gene (s) in a single and mutigene plant expression plasmid vectors such as pSAT/ pPZP-RCS, pCAMBIA, p (AUX) plasmid vectors or using through Gibson assembly and using these constructed cassettes for developing/recovering transgenic Brachgypodium and Switchgrass plants.
2. Perform molecular and biochemical analysis of transgenic Brachgypodium and Switchgrass plants expressing these single and multi-genes.
3. Training undergraduates and graduate students, summer interns, and visiting scholars
4. Participate in the recovery, in vitro and green-house maintenance of transgenic Brachgypodium and Switchgrass plants
5. Participate in local and international travels
6. Provide data in a timely manner for grant reporting to funding agency
7. Prepare manuscript for publication
8. Participate in developing grant proposal to funding agencies
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in plant biology, genetics, genomics, plant biotechnology or a related discipline with strong publication records in high impact journals. Highly motivated individuals with a strong background in molecular biology and recombinant DNA systems /or plant biology, genetics, protein engineering, and genetic transformation of monocots are highly encouraged to apply.
A solid skill set in molecular biology, such as assembling multi-genes in an expression cassette, codon optimization systems for optimal functional expression in planta, site mutagenesis, PCR, qPCR, RT-PCR, Southern, Northern, Western blots, protein engineering, biomass bioprocessing are required. The successful candidate is expected to be independent and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge in monocots somatic embryogenesis, shoot organogenesis, plant regeneration, and monocots genetic transformation using Agrobacterium and biolistic are required. Skills such as microbial fermentation, carbohydrate analysis, enzyme activity is preferable but not required. Knowledge of using cloning and genomic software such NTI vector, megalign, laser gene etc… for designing and constructing physical map of a gene construct is a must.
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