Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Boavida laboratory in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. The lab investigates the molecular mechanisms controlling gamete identity and function and cell-cell signaling in plant fertilization.
We are seeking highly motivated individuals who value achievement, are proactive, creative, detail-oriented, flexible and constructive team players. Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. degree on a relevant area in Biological Sciences within the last 2-3 years. Proven ability to present and publish research data and excellent English communication skills both oral and written are required.
Postdoc A. The recruited researcher will work in two main axes of investigation based on (1) identification of interaction partners of gamete-expressed proteins primarily through a high-throughput proteomic screening (NGS-Y2H); and (2) integration of PPI networks with derived NGS-transcriptomic approaches to establish high-confidence interaction maps for prediction and functional characterization of signaling networks operating in plant gametes and fertilization. The ideal candidate should have experience in molecular biology and protein biochemistry (membrane protein expression and purification from various cellular systems, Y2H, BIFC, co-immunoprecipitation, etc.). Knowledge of integrative computational analysis, structural bioinformatics, protein docking and characterization of regulatory networks is an asset.
Postdoc B. The postdoctoral researcher will use an exciting combination of techniques including flow cytometry (Microfluidics and FACs), genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, and molecular biology to study mechanisms underlying cell identity and differentiation of plant gametophytes in a spatiotemporal context. He/she will also be involved in the characterization of a cell-based functional assay to study the cellular functions of candidate genes in plant fertilization. Prior experience in flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, molecular genetics, functional genomics, and bioinformatics is highly desired. Candidates with interest in sexual reproduction and/or documented experience in Arabidopsis, tomato and maize are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and should include CV, contact details of at least 2 references and a cover letter outlining how your previous research experience/contribution integrate with the laboratory research projects. Incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation. Relevant publications and information can be found here.
Please send your application as a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in the subject header PlantRepro2018_A (or B) (according to your interest in Postdoc position A or B). The appointment is initially for 12 months with the possibility of extension depending on research performance and available funds. Starting date is flexible and can be as early as February 1st, 2019.
Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.