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Post Doctoral Research Associate in Grass Transformation & Molecular Biology

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Multiple Positions)
Grass Transformation and Molecular Biology

Description: Postdoctoral positions in plant genetic engineering are available in the laboratory of C. Neal Stewart, Jr. at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Plant Sciences. Positions are grant-funded. Postdocs will primarily be responsible for genetic engineering traits into  switchgrass for an upcoming signaling/sensing project relevant to environmental stresses. Postdocs will improve the genetics of plants to help address real world challenges in agriculture and the environment. Collaborations will include scientists and staff within and outside of the university. Postdoc applicants who are interested in high throughput screening of DNA in plant cells using automation and robotics as well as synthetic biology are especially encouraged to apply. Postdocs give presentations, write reports and write manuscripts intended for publication.

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 grant funding. All postdocs in the lab are expected to generate at least one first-author paper per year from their UT work. 

Salary is 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 in plant biology or a related field.
• Demonstrated experience (e.g., publications) in molecular biology, cell biology, and/or biotechnology is required.
• Preference will be given to applicants with strong publication records, considerable drive and motivation, and excellent problem-solving skills.
• Further, the positions require excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary team-based environment.
• The postdocs will work in a team environment and will help train junior scientists and students

Interested applicants should apply at

Applicants should submit:

1) a cover letter that includes research experience, interests and possible starting date

2) current CV

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: Jun 17, 2024, 7:20:30 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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