Description The Department of Plant Pathology is seeking applicants for a Plant-Virus Interaction Postdoc to join Dr. David Cook's lab investigating a novel means to anti-viral defense using transcriptome engineering. The researcher will be part of a highly-motivated teaming working on a federally funded grant, and will be primarily responsible for molecular characterization of plant resistance to DNA and RNA viruses. The candidate is expected to conduct high-throughput molecular cloning and infection assays to monitor viral replication, viral spread, plant-cell death and additional assays to characterize the interaction. Previous experience working with agrobacterium introduced viral infection on Nicotiana highly preferred. Domestic travel is required to facilitate collaboration and present findings. The successful candidate must be able to work in an open environment as part of a diverse team that fosters collegiality and teamwork.
Skills Required: • PhD in virology, plant pathology or a related field • Proven record characterizing molecular plant-virus interactions • Strong written and oral communication skills
Preferred: • Experience using agroinfection of viruses in Nicotiana spp. • Experience working with Potyviruses or Begomoviruses • Experience with high-throughput cloning • Experience using fluorescently tagger virus particles for characterization • Strong desire to learn and take on new challenges