Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Richland, WA, USA
January 14, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for a project focusing on elucidation of the roles of microbiome communities (endophytes) in promoting crop productivity under abiotic stresses. Using systems-biology approaches at both lab and field scales, this project aims to identify the molecular and physiological impacts of the bio-inoculants on the host plant in responding to nutrient and water limitation, and determine if bio-inoculants not only increase plant nutrient stores but also “prime” plants for tolerance and resilience to abiotic stresses. Qualified candidates will have prior experience in studying plant molecular physiology under environmental perturbations, and expertise in molecular biology techniques including multi-omics and high-throughput data analysis. Additional requirements include excellent oral and written communication skills; solid publications record in the scientific field described above, ability to collaborate effectively in teams, and creative/innovative thinking. The work will be performed at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a DOE national scientific user facility, located at PNNL.
The candidate will join a highly collaborative environment and project team with diverse expertise and will have the opportunity to learn and apply cutting-edge multi-omics (in whole tissue and single-cell type levels) and imaging technologies as well as bioinformatics approaches developed in EMSL-PNNL to study important science questions in the area of plant-microbe interactions and rhizosphere processes.
The appointment will be for 2 years starting as soon as possible.
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.
Ph.D. degree in plant biology or plant-microbe interactions or a related discipline.
Experience in the design and execution of studies dealing with plant molecular physiology using phenotyping, omics (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics), and data integration and interpretation. Prior working experience on poplar (or similar woody bioenergy crops), plant-microbe interactions, imaging (microscopy and chemical imaging), and field works (measurement of plant physiological parameters and sample collections) is desired. Direct working experiences with plant microbiome will be ideal but not required. Experience in bioinformatics, computer science, and/or gene functional analysis is also a plus. An emphasis will be placed on candidates with excellent organizational skills who have demonstrated themselves to be highly motivated, independent and creative problem solvers in their research area.