Fellow Post-Doc Plant Defense Response

Manhattan KS
May 04, 2017
Position Type
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 growth and defense. The successful applicant will help lead a federally funded project to augment plant growth following defense using transcriptome engineering. 

Information about the Department:


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Job Description:

The Cook lab is seeking applicants for a Plant Defense Postdoc to investigate plant growth following defense. The successful applicant will help lead a federally funded project to develop and assess a new technology to augment plant gene expression, growth, and defense. The researcher will be primarily responsible for molecular characterization of plant responses to biotic stress following genetic manipulation. She or he is expected to conduct high-throughput molecular cloning, Nicotiana transformation, and molecular characterization of physiological responses to biotic stress. Proven experience characterizing plant growth and defense 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, Plant Biology, Genetics or a related field
  • Proven record characterizing molecular mechanisms of plant development and/or plant defense
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven record characterizing molecular and physiologic changes during plant-microbe interactions.
  • Prior experience working with GA or BR response pathways
  • Experience working with Nicotiana spp.
  • Experience with high-throughput cloning
  • 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:

Immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

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.