A postdoctoral position is immediately available to investigate mature citrus transformation tissue culture requirements. The postdoc will be supervised by James Thomson (USDA) as part of a USDA-CA Citrus Research Board funded research project. The position will be located in the USDA-ARS Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California.
The primary objective of this research is to develop genetically engineered citrus plants tolerant to the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease. Towards this purpose the incumbent will develop tissue culture-based transformation of mature citrus. The incumbent will evaluate and optimize media, salt, vitamin, hormone, light and temperature conditions for plant generation with application towards Agrobacterium-mediated transformation methods. Agro-transformation techniques will include the use of early development genes to enhance regeneration and visible markers such as DSRed for early evaluation. The transformation rate, growth, development, morphology and fertility of the transgenic plants will be evaluated. Our intention will be to establish transformation protocols for multiple citrus cultivars and apply this technology towards the addition of promising genes to combat the HLB disease.
This position requires a Ph.D. in plant science, botany, molecular biology, or a related scientific discipline. The successful applicant will have a track-record of scientific publications, including first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals. This position requires the ability to work in a team environment as well as strong oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of contemporary plant biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, plant transformation, microscopy, and plant tissue culture is desirable. Experience performing transformation of citrus or related crop species is highly desirable. Applicants have a citizenship requirement and should not be more than four years from their Ph.D. graduation. This is year to year position up to a maximum of three years contingent upon progress evaluation.
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About Citrus Research Board / USDA ARS
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal in-house research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). ARS is one of four agencies in USDA's Research, Education and Economics mission area. ARS is charged with extending the nation's scientific knowledge and solving agricultural problems through its four national program areas: nutrition, food safety and quality; animal production and protection; natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems; and crop production and protection. ARS research focuses on solving problems affecting Americans every day. The Western Regional Research Center (WRRC), located in Albany, California, is one of four regional laboratories within the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. The WRRC has six research units, which conduct research into food processing, safety, bioproducts, invasive species control and crop improvement and genetics.