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Postdoctoral position-University of Washington, Seattle

Keiko Torii

Integrating regulatory logics of tissue patterning in plant epidermis

Keiko Torii Lab; Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Washington, Seattle

Postdoctoral positions are available to investigate dynamics of cell-cell interactions during plant epidermal development. We have identified that signal transduction cascades mediated by peptide ligands and receptor kinases and a series of master regulatory transcription factors control proper spacing and patterning of stomata, microscopic valves on the plant epidermis.

A successful candidate will use the sophisticated live imaging techniques to investigate and manipulate the dynamics of cell-cell interactions leading to functional tissue patterning. We are also looking for candidates with strong expertise in systems (large-scale) approach to integrate signaling networks to transcription factor cascades. See the lab webpage for recent publications (

A candidate must have demonstrated their scientific achievement in the form of publication. We prefer candidates with a proficiency in live imaging techniques at tissue-, cellular- or subcellular levels and/or genomics techniques (e.g. ChIP-seq) using next generation sequencers. Solid background in basic molecular biology is required. Candidates with strong quantitative skills are most highly desired. A candidate must be strong in communication- and analytical skills, focused and motivated, and able to work as a team as well as independently.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience (will be based on the NIH guideline). The position will be initially available for one year, with the renewal based on the performance and funding availability. The successful candidate will be encouraged to apply for independent fellowships to gain independent programs for his/her future career path. Due to the guideline of the funding agency, preference will be given to candidates within three years of postdoctoral experience.

Send a cover letter (1-2 pages) outlining your research interest and career goal, current curriculum vitae, and a name and e-mail address of three-four referees to:

Keiko U. Torii, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Howard Hughes Medical Institute              
Department of Biology          
University of Washington        
Box. 351800
Seattle, WA 98195-1800

Office phone:(206)221-5701
Lab phone: (206)221-5756

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