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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Plant Science Research

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Postdoctoral Research Associates 
in Advanced Plant Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology
Plant Science Research

Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 00

Three (3) postdoctoral positions in advanced plant biotechnology and synthetic biology are available starting immediately in the laboratory of C. Neal Stewart, Jr. at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Plant Sciences affiliated with the Center for Agricultural Synthetic Biology. Positions are externally-funded. Postdocs will primarily be responsible for developing novel molecular approaches to alter gene expression and protein production in plants at various developmental stages. The position will also require advanced analytical skills as well as critical thinking. In addition, there will be additional requirements for maintaining secure data and other information. Strictly following established rules and protocols is a requirement for employment throughout the appointment.  Postdocs will supervise staff and prepare monthly progress reports to the funder. Collaborations will include work with a national laboratory and a company.

The initial appointment is for two years with a mandatory 6-month probationary period, with a possibility of renewal for up to four years based on performance and continued external funding.

Salary will be based on experience and qualifications according to UT policy. In addition, UT provides an excellent fringe benefits package.  Knoxville is located near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, has a low cost of living, and a moderate climate. Successful candidates will have an appointment also in the Center for Agricultural Synthetic Biology (

• Applicants should have a PhD prior to joining the lab.

• Demonstrated experience (e.g., publications) in molecular biology, cell biology, engineering, and/or biotechnology is required.
• Preference will be given to applicants with strong publication records, considerable drive and motivation, and excellent problem-solving  and communication skills.
• Preference will be given to people with mentoring skills and the the ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary team-based environment.
• U.S citizenship is required.

Interested applicants should apply at and attach 1) a cover letter stating their research experience, interests and possible starting date, 2) their CV, and 3) the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references.

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Plant Science - Res
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: May 5, 2022, 7:13:31 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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