post-doc position in plant circadian biology, UC Davis

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post-doc position in plant circadian biology, UC Davis

Stacey Harmer
Post-doctoral Research Position at UC Davis

A post-doctoral position in circadian biology is available in the Department of Plant Biology at UC Davis, starting on 1/1/2013 or upon agreement.

The NSF-sponsored project focuses on the characterization of pathways that coordinate plant growth with daily environmental changes using sunflower as a model system.  Sunflower plants are well known to be robust solar trackers, adjusting their growth during the day so that their leaves and apices are consistently perpendicular to the suns rays.  Remarkably, they also re-orient their growth during the night in anticipation of the timing and direction of dawn, so that they are facing east well before the sun rises.  We have recently shown that this directed growth at night in anticipation of dawn is controlled by the plant circadian clock.  The circadian clock influences multiple light and hormone signaling pathways in Arabidopsis (Covington and Harmer, 2007; reviewed in Harmer, 2009), but it is not clear how these pathways are integrated with each other.  Sunflower, with its recently sequenced genome, provides an ideal model system to investigate this question.  The successful post-doc applicant will use RNA-seq and a high throughput hormone analysis platform to identify pathways involved in clock-coordinated directional growth.  These studies will provide novel insights into how the light and circadian networks work together to control plant growth in the natural environment.

The candidate should be familiar with standard molecular techniques and have an interest in circadian biology and pathways regulating plant growth.  Previous experience with RNA-seq, expression analysis, and hormone response would be a definite plus.  This project will be performed at the Dept. of Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis, under the supervision of Dr. Stacey Harmer.  With over 100 plant-focused research groups and a strong program in the biological sciences in many model systems, UC Davis provides an excellent environment for fundamental studies in plant biology.  Davis is a pleasant college town located in the northern Central Valley of California.  It is 20 minutes from the state capital (Sacramento), and 1hr 20’ from San Francisco.

Applications should be submitted in electronic form, and should include a CV, a short description of previous research and current research interests, and three letters of reference.  The candidate should have obtained his or her PhD within the last 3 years.  A strong record of publication will be the major criterion for screening applications.  Inquiries and applications should include the subject line “Postdoctoral Position” and should be sent to:

Dr. Stacey Harmer

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