Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, USA
A postdoctoral scholar position is open in the laboratory of Dr. Samuel Leiboff for the genetic investigation of maize vein development. Veins transport solutes/water between organs and are therefore essential for addressing society’s need for improved agricultural and bioenergy performance during future environmental challenges. Recent genetic evidence in maize shows unanticipated physiological and genetic diversity amongst veins as demonstrated by the existence of specialized vein mutants. Many of these mutants are unmapped and their mechanism of action is unknown. Although each vein’s anatomical development is stereotyped, vein initiation events
are dynamic over the life of each plant and vary in position and developmental behavior within domains of the same organ. We seek a developmental biologist to join our team and shape the mechanistic investigation of the previously secret genetic language that defines maize veins.
We are currently engaged in single cell genomic and quantitative genetic investigations exploring the production of specialized veins at a genome-wide scale. The applicant will be responsible for the evaluation of candidate cell-specific markers and vein patterning alleles that are discovered by single cell RNA sequencing and GWAS. No prior informatics, machine learning, or quantitative genetics training is required, but would be available, should the applicant desire interdisciplinary training.
The applicant is required to have a recent Ph.D. in the biological sciences related to plant developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, or genomics. Required skills include basic molecular biology, plant histology, microscopy, and genetic analysis.