Postdoctoral Associate (73174)

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

Job Details

Postdoctoral Associate (73174)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Apr 20, 2021

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

The Crop Biotechnology Research Program at University of Florida, headed by Fredy Altpeter ( is expanding its scope and seeks an additional highly motivated postdoctoral research associate with experience in modular assembly of recombinant DNA constructs, plant genetic engineering, molecular biology and project management to join our team. The research program focuses on designing biomass crops for enhanced productivity and production of value added products using the “plants as factories” concept in collaboration with the recently funded U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Research Center


The successful candidate will apply established transformation and CRISPR-Cas9 protocols to validate targets for crop improvement and develop multiplex genome editing and transgenic strategies for metabolic engineering.  Characterization of genetically modified events under controlled environment and field conditions will allow to select best performing events similar in scope to our earlier publications:;;;;


Minimum qualifications: PhD. in plant molecular biology or related field. This work requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English as well as excellent writing skills as demonstrated by a strong publication record in peer reviewed journals. The recruited candidate is expected to publish at least one peer reviewed publication per year. Extensive background in molecular genetics is essential, including design and construction of multi-gene  vectors using modular cloning platforms like Golden Gate assembly, analysis of RNAseq data, plant tissue culture, biolistic gene transfer, molecular and phenotypic characterization of transgenic plants under greenhouse and field environments and statistical analysis of data.


Preferred qualifications: Knowledge in plant metabolism, physiology and genomic regulation is desirable.

Application Instructions:

Application review will begin May 3, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Please visit and submit the following:

  • resume,
  • cover letter,
  • and contact information of 3 references

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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