Post-doctoral Associate

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: College Park, MARYLAND
Deadline: 29 Jun 2022

Posting Details
Posting Details

Position Number: 127438
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Post-doctoral Associate
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The postdoctoral associate is responsible for independent and collaborative development, implementation, and analysis of scientific research in the discipline of plant genome engineering. Responsibilities include management of all aspects of engineering synthetic CRISPR-Cas nucleases and their testing gene editing in plants. The postdoc will work on protein engineering to improve the nucleases in E. coli and optimization of methods for delivery into plants. The tasks include hypothesis development, literature review, collection of pilot data, report writing, supervising of undergraduate research students and graduate research students, interacting with collaborators in both academic and private sectors, overseeing data collection procedures, supervising experimental procedures, review of data for quality control, supervision of data entry/data analysis, analysis of research hypothesis using descriptive and multivariate statistics, and the development of independent and collaborative presentations and publications
Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in plant molecular biology or protein engineering or horticulture/agricultural science field. The individual must have excellent writing and communication skills and be able to coordinate activities with faculty, other scientists, collaborators, staff and students. The ability to multitask and work on several projects simultaneously, as well as good time management and organizational skills are necessary.
Experience working in protein engineering and plant molecular biology. Standard molecular biology technique and experience with such as DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR, quantitative PCR, RNAseq, PCR amplicon sequencing, southern blot, protein expression and purification in E.coli, protein evolution, protein extraction and analysis with western blot and gel electrophoresis of DNA, RNA and protein are required. Molecular cloning skills such as conventional cloning, TA cloning, Golden Gate cloning, Gateway cloning and Gibson assembly, and the use of vector construction software. Additional preferred skills are plant protoplast transformation, plant tissue culture, confocal imaging and bioinformatics. Prior experience with protein molecular evolution is a plus. Candidates who have demonstrated scholar excellence by publishing multiple high-quality peer-reviewed papers are preferred.
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Additional Information:
Posting Date: 06/22/2022
Closing Date: 06/29/2022
Open Until Filled No
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Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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