Post-Doc Scientist - Study Genetic Basis of Natural Telomere Length Variation in Arabidopsis
Texas A&M University - AgriLife Research
Location: College Station, Texas
Type: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
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Internal Number: R041698
A Postdoctoral Scientist position at Texas A&M University in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics is available in the laboratory of Dr. Dorothy Shippen to study molecular, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that control telomere length in plants. The fellow will participate in a collaborative NIH-funded research project with the laboratories of Drs. Eugene Shakirov (Marshall University) and Tom Juenger (University of Texas, Austin). Our team has identified several candidate genes underlying natural telomere length variation in Arabidopsis (see Kobayashi et al., 2019 Nature Commun.; Choi et al. 2021 Plant Cell). The fellow will employ a multidisciplinary approach utilizing the tools of molecular biology, bioinformatics and Arabidopsis genetics and genomicsto explore the functions of putative telomere regulatory genes and to gain evolutionary perspective on functional gene pleiotropy as it impacts telomere length regulation.
The successful candidate will be an ambitious, highly motivated, highly collaborative scientist with expertise in molecular biology, biochemistry and Arabidopsis genetics and genomics. Experience in quantitative genetics is preferred, but not essential.
Texas A&M, one of the largest universities in the USA, has more than 65,000 students from all 50 states and 124 countries, a multibillion-dollar endowment ranked 4th among public universities and a top 20 research enterprise. College Station/Bryan is a Sun Belt metropolitan area with 180,000 residents. It is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the country yet retains a low cost of living with easy access to major Texas cities. Texas A&M is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.