PostDoc Plant-Virus Interactions

May 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position:

The Cook lab is searching for a full-time Post Doctoral Fellow to perform independent research related to plant viral resistance. The successful applicant will help lead a federally funded project investigating a novel means to anti-viral resistance using transcriptome engineering. 

Information about the Department:

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Job Description:

The Cook lab is seeking applicants for a Plant-Virus Interaction Postdoc to investigate a novel means to anti-viral defense. The successful applicant will assist in a federally funded grant to help develop and assess the new technology. The researcher will be primarily responsible for molecular characterization of plant resistance to DNA and RNA viruses. She or he is expected to conduct high-throughput molecular cloning and infection assays to monitor viral replication, viral movement, plant-cell death and additional assays to characterize the interaction. Previous experience using high-throughput viral infection in Nicotiana spp. preferred. Domestic travel is required to facilitate collaboration and present findings. The successful candidate must be able to work in an open environment as part of a diverse team that fosters collegiality and teamwork.  

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Plant Pathology, Virology, Genetics or a related field
  • Proven record characterizing molecular plant-virus interactions
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using agroinfection of viruses in Nicotiana spp.
  • Experience working with Potyviruses or Begomoviruses
  • Experience with high-throughput cloning
  • Experience using fluorescently tagger virus particles for characterization
  • Strong desire to learn and take on new challenges

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an application including a cover letter and resume listing contact information for three professional references. 

Screening of Applications Begins:

 June 1, 2017

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 


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