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The Van Eck Lab at the Boyce Thompson Institute is searching for a Research Assistant
The position requires a plant tissue culture specialist to work on rice and a new model grass species, Setaria viridis. This involves media preparation, initiation and maintenance of in vitro plant material, Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, and analysis of transformants by molecular techniques. In addition, the successful candidate will be required to transfer in vitro plants to greenhouse conditions and harvest seeds.
B.S. in plant science, horticulture, biology, or related field. Experience in plant tissue culture and molecular techniques (vector construction, PCR, nucleic acid extraction and analysis) are highly desirable, but not absolutely required. This position requires excellent sterile technique, ability to troubleshoot, and careful record keeping. Must enjoy working with others, have initiative, and be reliable. Flexibility is needed to work after hours or weekends if necessary.
Currently, funding is for two years from the start date, but there could be the possibility of an extension of funding.
Please send your CV and names of three references to Tiffany Kamery (email@example.com). Then position is available immediately and applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled. Salary will be based on experience; BTI has generous employee benefits (see http://www.bti.cornell.edu/index.php?page=HumanResourcesOverview) and is an equal opportunity employer.
Job Number 2013-17
Postdoctoral position: Functional Genomics of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi
Position: A post-doctoral position is available to study arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi and the molecular basis of their interaction with plants.
Background: Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi develop stable, symbiotic associations with the majority of the vascular flowering plants, including most crop species of agronomic significance. The symbiosis has its origins over 450 MYA and it is speculated that ancestral AM fungi enabled plants to colonize land. Today, AM fungi are found in terrestrial ecosystems throughout the world where they have a major impact on plant phosphorus nutrition and consequently on ecosystem productivity.
Research Project: The overall objectives of the research project are to use functional genomics approaches to gain fundamental insights into the biology of AM fungi during symbiosis with their plant hosts. The project will include transcriptome analyses of AM fungi, as well as functional analyses of putative effector proteins and proteins involved in nutrient acquisition, metabolism and transport.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. and a strong publication record with demonstrated expertise in fungal genomics, fungal genetics or fungal molecular biology. Experience with plant-fungal interactions is preferred.
Applicants should submit a CV, names of three references and a letter summarizing research interests and relevant experience to Dr. Maria J. Harrison, (firstname.lastname@example.org.) (Job # 2013-14).
Project Location: The Boyce Thompson Institute is a non-profit research institute affiliated Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, www.bti.cornell.edu. EOE M/F/D/V
A selection of recent publications from our lab:
Harrison, M.J. (2012) Cellular programs for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. COPB, 15:691-698.
Pumplin, N. et al (2012) Polar localization of a symbiosis-specific phosphate transporter is mediated by a transient reorientation of secretion. PNAS. 109 (11): E665-E672 DOI:10.1073/pnas.1110215109.
Javot, H., et al (2011) Medicago truncatula mtpt4 mutants reveal a role for nitrogen in the regulation of arbuscule degeneration in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis Plant Journal, 68:954-965.
Zhang, Q., et al (2010) Two Medicago truncatula half-ABC transporters are essential for arbuscule development in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Plant Cell 22:1483-1497.
Pumplin, N et al . (2010) Medicago truncatula Vapyrin is a novel protein required for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Plant Journal 61:482-494.
The Boyce Thompson Institute is now accepting applications for a Research Assistant in the Stern laboratory.
The successful candidate will analyze the properties of a novel endoribonuclease generated by protein splicing in the chloroplast of the model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Initial focus may include creating expression vectors and purifying recombinant proteins from E. coli, and assaying their activities using radioactive and biochemical assays. Additional duties may include transformation and maintenance of plants as well as algal cell lines, followed by genomic and protein expression analysis. Please see the Stern laboratory web site for more information, and the NSF web site for specific goals of the funded research.
B.S. in biochemistry, biology, or a related field. Experience in cell culture, molecular techniques (vector construction, PCR, nucleic acid extraction and analysis), biochemistry (protein purification, enzyme assays, immunoblotting), are highly desirable, but not absolutely required. This position requires the ability to troubleshoot, and careful record keeping. Must enjoy working with others, have initiative and strong communication skills, and be able to work independently. Flexibility required to work after hours or weekends, if necessary.
The NSF grant supporting this research expires in 2016, although a further extension of the project is possible.
Please send cover letter, CV and names of three references to Stephen Campbell . Because the position is available immediately, applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Salary will be based on experience; BTI has generous employee benefits (see http://bti.cornell.edu/human-resources) and is an equal opportunity employer.
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (BTI), in collaboration with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), is seeking applications for three Postdoctoral Associate positions to support a program on genome sequencing, transcriptome analysis and RNA interference technology development for a major insect pest responsible for severe losses to global agriculture. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop RNAi technologies for control of insects and insect transmitted viruses. However, effectiveness of the RNAi technology is dependent on the selected target genes that are critical for insect survival and virus transmission. Genome sequence information will be generated, along with the identification of target genes through comparative transcriptome analysis and sRNA profiling.
Three positions are available:
1)A bioinformatics postdoc, who is responsible for genome and transcriptome sequence analysis will be stationed at Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
2)A molecular biologist with a primary focus on insect DNA preparation, RNAi development and insect cell line regeneration will be stationed in Charleston, South Carolina at the USDA-ARS, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory.
3)A molecular biologist with a primary focus on insect RNA preparation, quantitative verification of differential gene expression and target gene selection, and RNAi evaluation on different insect species for virus transmission will be stationed in Salinas, California at the USDA-ARS, U.S. Agricultural Research Station.
All three postdoctoral research associates will be BTI employees and managed through BTI.
A Ph.D. degree is required in disciplines including Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology or closely related fields. Working experiences with next-generation sequencing technologies, bioinformatics including genome and transcriptome analysis, and molecular biology in plant virology and/or entomology are helpful.
The incumbents will conduct basic research using modern molecular biological technologies, including next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to identify target genes that could be useful for the development of RNAi technology for insect management.
To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and names of three references to email@example.com, reference job #2013-13 and indicate which position you are applying to. For more information regarding the position, please contact one of the following individuals: Zhangjun Fei (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kai-Shu Ling (Kai.Ling@ARS.USDA.GOV), or Bill Wintermantel (Bill.Wintermantel@ARS.USDA.GOV).
A postdoctoral position is available immediately at Cornell University in the labs of Leon Kochian (USDA-ARS Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health) and Susan McCouch (Dept. Plant Breeding & Genetics and Plant Biology), as part of a 3-year USDA-AFRI grant entitled “Dissecting the Genetic, Molecular and Physiological Basis of Aluminum Tolerance in Rice: Implications for Cereal Improvement”.
The Postdoctoral Fellow on this project will join a group of researchers across the two laboratories to investigate the genetics and molecular physiology of aluminum (Al) tolerance in rice and other crops. Primary responsibilities will involve: 1) characterization of natural genetic variation in key rice Al tolerance loci at a population level; 2) validation of results obtained from genome-wide association studies (GWAS), including the identification of genes and functional nucleotide polymorphisms underlying GWAS-QTLs, and application of bi-parental or multi-parent crosses and populations, mutant analysis, and molecular tools to validate gene function; and 3) the functional characterization of alleles of interest, with a focus on cell wall-related genes. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for planning and performing experiments, data collection and proper record keeping, data analysis and interpretation, updating and troubleshooting of new protocols and techniques, and regular reporting of research progress to ensure timely deliverables on the grant. The position is renewable annually, contingent on satisfactory performance.
Applicants must have a PhD in Plant Genetics, Plant Molecular Biology, or a related field, and a strong publication record. The successful candidate should work well in a team and interact efficiently with scientists across different disciplines. The ability to write clearly in English and strong verbal communication skills are required. Familiarity with population genetics and bioinformatics/computational biology are highly desirable.
To apply or for more information, please contact Lyza Maron, Department of Plant Breeding, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Applications should include a brief cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and names of at least two references. Email applications in PDF format to email@example.com.
The SGN database has an open position for a Bioinformatics Analyst. SGN is a database for plant genomics, with a focus on genomic and phenotypic data for the Solanaceae. We are seeking an enthusiastic bioinformatician with extensive experience in genome and sequence analysis, and development of web tools. Major responsibilities include working with genome data from various plant species, including assembly and annotation, and development of new tools, with the goal to make genome data more useful to breeders. Travel to conferences and interaction with the SGN user base is also expected.
A PhD in a biology or computer related field with at least two years of experience.
Please contact Dr. Lukas Mueller (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email, with “SGN senior bioinformatician position” in the subject line.
Administrative / Management
The Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research is accepting applications for a Grant Coordinator. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position.
This position is responsible for pre and post-award grant monitoring for the Project Leaders and research staff, including the development of grant budgets and applications. Grant financial reporting, compliance review and budget management are also key responsibilities. This position will provide grant writing and financial analysis support for External Relations and the Outreach department as well.
Successful candidates will have solid accounting skills, with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a related field. Candidates should have at least five years of sponsored research financial accounting/administration experience plus knowledge of A-122, A-133 compliance and federal agency policies (e.g. NSF, NIH, DOE), and the grant development process. Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be an independent thinker and analytical problem solver. Proficiency in business applications, financial software, Fastlane and Grants.gov is required, and experience with Navision is a plus.
Cover letter, resume and three references should be provided to Patti FitzPatrick, Controller, at email@example.com.
Job Number 2013-16
The Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (BTI) is searching for a Teaching Lab Coordinator to plan, organize, implement and track instructional programs and materials in learning environments that support the professional development of science teachers and students while working as a team to meet the mission and goals of BTI’s collaborative research and education programs. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.
• Teach, present and pilot current and developing curriculum materials with teachers and students at workshops, institutes, and conferences
• Collect, analyze, track and report participant evaluations for assessment
• Take a lead role in planning and facilitating summer teacher programs
• Work as part of a team of science educators, scientists, students and others to develop plant biology curriculum materials and resources for science teachers and students and use a solid understanding of science, and teaching and learning to provide excellent outreach programs
• Procure and manage curriculum materials, resources and technologies for classrooms and the BTI teaching lab
• Maintains and enriches educational resources for download on the website
• Manage inventory and safe public access in the teaching laboratory
• Occasionally assist in the greenhouse with research scientists to propagate seed stocks to distribute to classrooms
• Assist in the development and implementation of online technologies to support teacher and student learning and collaboration with BTI education partners
• Maintain regular communication with teachers via web and social networking technologies
• Coordinate and oversee accurate participant databases records and organizes participant data for reports, program assessments and program improvement plans
• Assist with program recruitment, mailings, emails, advertising, internal communication, grants and other administrative tasks
Bachelor’s degree in biology, plant science, agriculture or science education and 2-3 years related educational experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree in Science or Education is preferred. Familiarity with database development and management including FileMaker, Access or Excel is required. This position requires travel and some weekend and evening work.
Send a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to Tiffany Fleming, Director of Education and Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Posting # 2013-12
No current openings