Position Summary: Postdoctoral Scholar position in plant genome engineering at Dr. Yiping Qi lab (https://qilab.weebly.com/), in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland.
Duties and Responsibilities: The postdoctoral scholar is responsible for independent and collaborative development, implementation, and analysis of scientific research in the discipline of plant genome engineering. Responsibilities include management of all aspects of engineering synthetic CRISPR-Cas nucleases for their testing in major crops such as rice, wheat, tomato, potato and citrus. The postdoc will work on the development of novel genome engineering methods in plants. The tasks include hypothesis development, literature review, collection of pilot data, report writing, supervising of undergraduate research students and graduate research students, interacting with collaborators in both academic and private sectors, overseeing data collection procedures, supervising experimental procedures, review of data for quality control, supervision of data entry/data analysis, analysis of research hypothesis using descriptive and multivariate statistics, and the development of independent and collaborative presentations and high-quality publications.
Specific Abilities/Experience required: Experience working in genomic analysis, protein engineering and plant molecular biology. The postdoctoral scholar should have bioinformatic skills tailored for genomic analysis, protein annotation and functional sequence comparison. Standard molecular biology techniques and experience are required such as DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR, quantitative PCR, RNAseq, PCR amplicon sequencing, southern blot, protein expression and purification in E.coli, protein evolution, protein extraction and analysis with western blot and gel electrophoresis of DNA, RNA and protein. Proficient molecular cloning skills are preferred, such as conventional cloning, TA cloning, Golden Gate cloning, Gateway cloning and Gibson assembly, and the use of vector construction software. Additional preferred skills are plant protoplast transformation, plant tissue culture, confocal imaging and bioinformatics. Prior experience with protein molecular evolution is a plus. The individual must have excellent writing and communication skills and be able to coordinate activities with faculty, other scientists, collaborators, staff and students. The ability to multitask and work on several projects simultaneously, as well as good time management and organizational skills are necessary. Candidates who have demonstrated scholar excellence by publishing multiple high-quality peer-reviewed papers are preferred.
Required –Ph.D. in plant molecular biology/plant genomics or protein engineering or horticulture/agricultural science field.
If interested, please contact Dr. Yiping Qi (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 1) a cover letter expressing your research interest, 2) a most recent CV, and 3) contacts of three references.
The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) is a member of the American Association of Universities and is one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities with a world-class reputation for academics, research, and community involvement. UMD is the 1862 land-grant flagship university within the University System of Maryland, with over 2,500 faculty members, 27,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students. There are excellent opportunities for collaboration across departments and colleges on campus. Further, proximity to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis, and Maryland’s Biotechnology Corridor offers opportunities for interaction with a broad range of nearby agencies and research institutions including National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, and the National Science Foundation. Excellent research, greenhouse and laboratory facilities are available.
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual... orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.