A postdoctoral position is immediately available to stack resistance genes in citrus to control bacterial disease. The postdoc will be jointly supervised by James Thomson (USDA) and Gitta Coaker (UC Davis) as part of a USDA-NIFA funded research project. The position will be located in the laboratory of James Thomson at the USDA-ARS Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California.
The primary objective of this research is to develop and characterize disease resistance genes required to generate genetically engineered citrus plants tolerant to the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease. The incumbent will participate as a team member on the research project. Research will focus on developing and stacking constructs with novel genes capable of recognizing bacterial and insect features for production of transgenic citrus. The overall goal is to produce functional gene combinations that will provide HLB resistance for multiple citrus cultivars. Standard molecular biology methods will be used for vector construction as well as use of the GAANTRY system for transgenic citrus plant production. Our intention will be to establish transformation protocols for multiple cultivars once promising gene stacks are determined. The transgenic plants generated in the research will be screened using PCR, RT-PCR, ddPCR techniques to confirm the presence and expression of the introduced transgenes and phenotyped.
Qualifications: This position requires a Ph.D. in plant science, molecular biology, or a related scientific discipline. The successful applicant will have a track-record of scientific publications, including first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals. This position requires the ability to work in a team environment as well as strong oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of contemporary plant molecular biology, plasmid vector construction, site-specific recombination, plant transformation, and plant tissue culture is desirable. Experience performing transformation of citrus or related crop species is highly desirable.
Internal Number: CIG 5000-20
About USDA-ARS/UC Davis
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal in-house research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). ARS is one of four agencies in USDA's Research, Education and Economics mission area. ARS is charged with extending the nation's scientific knowledge and solving agricultural problems through its four national program areas: nutrition, food safety and quality; animal production and protection; natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems; and crop production and protection. ARS research focuses on solving problems affecting Americans every day. The Western Regional Research Center (WRRC), located in Albany, California, is one of four regional laboratories within the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. The WRRC has six research units, which conduct research into food processing, safety, bioproducts, invasive species control and crop improvement and genetics.