We seek applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to apply physiological and biochemical approaches as part of a team focused on the development of high-throughput phenotyping (HTP) technologies toward the genetic improvement of crop plants. The development of new HTP approaches to describe photosynthesis/gas exchange, as well as the chemical profiles of plant waxes and other lipids, in diverse plant populations will be an important goal for this position.
The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Matthew A. Jenks and Dr. Duke Pauli as part of a broader trans-disciplinary research program that involves crop scientists, plant biologists, geneticists, plant breeders, engineers, computational scientists, and bioinformaticians.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Apply LI-6800 portable photosynthesis/gas exchange system(s) in studies to conduct HTP of genetically diverse populations of sorghum, cotton, and other plant species in the field.
Apply gas-chromatography and other approaches in studies to conduct HTP of plant cuticular waxes and related lipids in sorghum, cotton, and other plant species.
Apply other HTP approaches for the description of diverse plant traits in the field, with an emphasis on the use of remote and proximal sensing, and to include studies with the UA Scanalyzer (gantry-based) phenotyping platform located at UA’s Maricopa Agriculture Center.
Collaborate with scientists who are applying statistical models for genetic mapping (both GWAS and linkage mapping) in diverse and segregating plant populations to assess heritability, and to identify loci controlling phenotypic variation for traits of interest.
Develop data science techniques and analyses to assist in leveraging high-dimensional data sets into biological insight with a focus on abiotic stress biology.
Lead and collaborate in cutting-edge, hypothesis-driven research in plant stress biology especially that associated with the plant cuticle’s involvement in plant tolerance to drought and heat stress.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Genetics or a Plant Science-related discipline
Peer-reviewed publications showing evidence of expertise in basic lab- and field-based physiological instrumentation, and analytical chemistry.
Candidates must be dedicated to excellence in research and have excellent written and oral communication skills.
Additional Salary Information: Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
Internal Number: P20779
About The University of Arizona
The School of Plant Sciences is a vigorous, cutting-edge, and comprehensive academic unit of the University of Arizona, whose scientists are devoted to the study of plants, the organisms that underpin the survival of terrestrial life. Plants are fundamental to all aspects of our existence; they provide the oxygen we breathe, the nutrition we consume, the fossil fuels we utilize, and the infrastructure we inhabit. Given the growth of the human population, and the adverse effects of this growth on the environment, the importance of research and training in the Plant Sciences has never been more critical.
Faculty, postdoctoral associates, technicians, and students in the School of Plant Sciences study how plants grow, how they respond to their environment, how they evolved, how they can be manipulated to enhance their growth and quality, and their fungal, bacterial, and viral interactions. Research is carried out at various levels -- from basic to applied using model plant species, commodity crops, species native to the desert southwest, as well as agents pathogenic to plants. Research activities take place in the laboratory, regulated growth environments, and in the field.
Teaching activities within the School cover a wide-ranging curriculum, designed to provide depth and breadth of knowledge to majors and non-major undergraduate students and to graduate students pursuing MS and PhD degrees. Faculty also actively participate in interdisciplinary research training groups within the University of Arizona.
Through active Extension programs and outreach activities, members of the School are responsive to the immediate needs of stakeholders in Arizona and committed to educating K-12 students about the importance of plants.
In the face of global challenges to increase the productivity and sustainability of agricultural and urban environments, especially in semi-arid regions, the School of Plant Sciences has developed a series of short- and long-term objectives to strengthen our educational, research and outreach activities.