Post Doctoral Associate

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 18, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

Incumbent will study the role of micro RNA (miRNA) in interactions of the parasitic plant Cuscuta campestris and its hosts. Duties include designing experiments, generating host and parasite tissues, performing laboratory procedures needed to test hypotheses, analyzing results, and writing manuscripts. Experiments will include a combination of molecular biology and bioinformatic approaches. Infrequent supervision of undergraduate students assisting with research is required. The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively as part of a research team that includes colleagues from Virginia Tech and other institutions. The supervisor for the position is Dr. James Westwood.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in a Plant Science discipline with a strong background in molecular biology and bioinformatics. Candidates must have experience growing and manipulating plants. Excellent written and oral communication, teamwork, and organizational skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience growing and manipulating parasitic plants.
Prior experience studying small RNAs and small RNA processing. Familiarity with making gene constructs and plant transformation.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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Advertised: June 18, 2020
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