Post Doctoral Associate - miRNAs in nodulation
A post doctoral associate position to study the role of miRNAs and auxin signaling during symbiotic nodule development is available in the Department of Plant Science at South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. Species-specific association between legumes and rhizobia bacteria leads to the development of nitrogen-fixing root nodules. The role of miRNA-regulated auxin signaling in nodule development is largely unknown (See Subramanian et al. 2008 BMC Genomics 9: 160; Simon et al. 2009 Plant Physiol). Dr. Subramanianís lab is interested in understanding this process using a combination ofgenomic and molecular approaches.
The position offers excellent opportunities for training in plant-symbiont interactions, hormone physiology, molecular biology, microscopy and genomics. The ideal candidate would possess a recent Ph.D. degree in plant scienceor related area, be self-motivated with a desire to learn novel research techniques, have the ability to perform laboratory experiments in an organized manner, be efficient in proper documentation of results and be able to communicate well in English. Expertise in plant and bacterial DNA/RNA isolation, gene expression assays (Northern analysis and qRTPCR), molecular cloning, bacterial and plant culture techniques and fluorescence microscopy is desired but not essential. SDSUís research facilities include a functionalgenomics core, micro-imaging facility with confocal and laser micro-dissection scopes and a mass-spectrometry facility capable of analyzing both proteins and small molecules. Other opportunities available for career enhancement include training in undergraduate/graduate teaching, scientific writingand research presentations.
Interested applicants please send a cover letter stating your research interests and a detailed CV that includes list of publications, brief description of Ph.D. and/or post-doctoral research projects and contact information for at least three references to Dr. Sen Subramanian (Senthil.Subramanian@sdstate,edu<mailto:Senthil.Su bramanian@sdstate,edu>; Phone: 605-688-5623). Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.
Plant Science Department,
Office: NPB245D, Lab: NPB137
South Dakota State University,
Brookings, SD, 57007