A postdoctoral position is available in the department of Plant Biology, in the School of Integrative Biology, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. PIs Heath (plant-microbe coevolution), and Marshall-Colon (plant systems biology) are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a NSF-funded project aimed at understanding the molecular underpinnings of highly efficient nitrogen-fixing symbioses between legume (Medicago truncatula) and rhizobia. This project takes a systems genetics approach to integrate information from the bacterial genome with gene expression and metabolite data to build “symbiosis networks.” Network comparisons will identify key factors underlying high-quality partnerships for plants. Postdocs will work closely with both Heath and Marshall-Colon to receive cross-disciplinary training in metabolomics, transcriptomics, genomics, network modeling and evolution.
The duties of the project postdoc will include some laboratory work but will focus more on computational biology including bioinformatic and statistical analyses, developing new network modeling approaches, and writing manuscripts.
The position is available for 2 years, with the first year as a probationary period, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits. Application review will begin September 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, but ideally January 2018.
Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: Bioinformatics, Statistical modeling, Genomics, Metabolomics, Trait Mapping, Evolution.
Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:
- A strong publication record from their PhD (papers published, in press, or submitted).
- Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field. All materials should be submitted to the PIs below for consideration. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please put “postdoc application” in the subject line of your email. Please send application materials to both PIs: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Any offer for this position is contingent upon your successful completion of a criminal background check process in accordance with the University of Illinois Background Check Policy. Once an offer has been made and accepted, as part of the hiring process, you will receive an email from UniversityofIllinoisHR@geninfo.com. The background check process will not begin until you provide authorization by responding to the email from UniversityofIllinoisHR@geninfo.com. Please respond promptly to this request. The Urbana campus Guidelines for Implementation of the Background Check policy and a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) at http://www.ahr.illinois.edu/background/background.html.
Additional Salary Information: As of November 16, 2016, all Postdoctoral Research Associates at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are appointed at 100% FTE and have a salary at or above the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum salary threshold of $47,476, plus benefits.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is ranked the 10th best public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and the 36th best university in the world according to Times Higher Education. UIUC has 45,000 students (33,500 undergrad and 11,500 grad students) with an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio. We are an R1 research university with world-class facilities, including the Instit...ute for Genomic Biology (IGB). The Plant Biology Department is home to some of the world's most highly cited researchers and is currently ranked #3 among US Plant Biology departments by Academic Analytics. We offer competitive post-doctoral salaries and benefits.