Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Job Details

Posting Number:

req5738

Department:

School of Plant Sciences-Res

Department Website Link:

https://cals.arizona.edu/spls/home

Location:

Main Campus

Address:

Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Palanivelu lab is seeking a postdoctoral candidate to use genomic, molecular, genetic, and cell biological tools to characterize heat tolerance in tomato pollen tube growth and precision breed heat-tolerant tomato varieties. The chosen candidate will be part of the Palanivelu lab at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona but will have a great opportunity to be part of a collaborative. The post-doctoral researcher will benefit from a supportive collaborative research experience that emphasizes mentoring by an interdisciplinary team of researchers in five laboratories at four institutions examining the genomics of tomato pollen tube growth to generate heat-tolerant tomato varieties. This group includes Dr. James Pease (Wake Forest University) and Dr. Ann Loraine (UNC-Charlotte) whose expertise and focus is on developing bioinformatic and computational approaches for large scale data analysis. Additional information about the Palanivelu lab, School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, and the city of Tucson can be found at http://ag.arizona.edu/research/ravilab/index.html

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

A postdoctoral research position is available in the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona to participate in NSF Plant Genome Research Program funded interdisciplinary research project that focuses on using modern genomic tools and latest RNA-seq technologies to develop heat-tolerant tomato varieties. Plant reproduction, especially pollen tube elongation and fertilization, are essential for seed and fruit production. However, this critical process is also highly vulnerable to heat stress. Dramatically reduced seed and fruit yield occur when otherwise healthy plants experience heat stress only for a few hours during this critical process. Targeted genetic changes are one way to equip plants to combat heat stress from rising temperatures due to climate change. Tomato is an excellent model plant to investigate and identify the molecular mechanisms that underlie heat tolerance during reproduction, as pollen development in this species is heat sensitive and it is replete with excellent genetic and genomic resources.

DUTIESAND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collection of phenotypic data
  • Mutant and transgenic plant analysis
  • Generation of CRISPR mutants and analysis
  • Protein and molecular genetics analysis of pathways in plants
  • Statistical and bioinformatic analysis of data
  • RNA-seq analysis of samples
  • Collaborating with researchers in the lab and the project
  • Opportunities to supervise graduate and undergraduate student researchers
  • Additional duties may apply

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Proficient knowledge & experience in genomics, molecular genetics, cell and developmental biology
  • Skills in bioinformatic and statistical analysis
  • Notable skills in project and time management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interact and work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively with written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interact and work collaboratively with different groups/individuals

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Plant biology or Genetics or Genomics or anyrelated discipline in Life Sciences upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to a highly motivated, enthusiastic, critical thinking, and independent researcher who has proven research experience in genomics, molecular genetics, and cell biology. Publications from dissertation work demonstrating scientific leadership, management, and completion of projects are desired.

FLSA:

Exempt

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:

40

Job FTE:

1.0

Work Calendar:

Fiscal

Job Category:

Research

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

DOE

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:

1

Target Hire Date:

8/30/2021

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

For additional information, please contact Dr. Ravi Palanivelu at [email protected]

Open Date:

6/16/2021

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please attach the following to this application:
1. CV- must contain completed or planned publications
2. Cover Letter
3. 1 Research Statement Document in the additional slot containing:
a. Specific research interests,
b. Summary of research accomplishments,
c. Future research objectives,
d. Contact information (address, phone and email) of at least three references.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

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Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

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Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

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Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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