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Post Date: 08/06/2018
Close Date: 08/31/2018
North Dakota State University

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$30,000 - $49,999

Fargo, ND

Job Description:
A postdoctoral position in molecular plant pathology is available starting immediately in the laboratories of Dr. Tim Friesen at the USDA-ARS in Fargo, ND and Dr. Robert Brueggeman in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University, Fargo. The person filling the scientist position will work on a NIFA-AFRI and NSF funded project to conduct research on the characterization of virulence in the barley pathogen Pyrenophora teres f. teres. Five geographically and phenotypically diverse reference quality, fully annotated Pyrenophora teres f. teres genomes have been assembled. Additionally, 200 full genome re-sequences of P. teres f. teres collected globally have been obtained. These isolates have been phenotyped on several barley lines and genome wide association studies (GWAS) have been initiated identifying several highly significant genomic regions involved in cultivar-specific virulence, providing candidate genes ready for validation. The post-doc will be responsible for using these resources to clone and validate genes involved in the necrotrophic infection strategy of Pyrenophora teres f. teres. The position will be tailored to the skills and interests of the postdoc but will primarily focus on using cutting edge techniques to validate the genes involved in virulence followed by functional characterization and mode of action studies of these genes/proteins as they relate to the host. One year of money is available with the option of additional years contingent on performance.
Screening will begin 8/31/18
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Minimum Requirements:
Ph.D. in the fields of molecular plant pathology or molecular microbiology awarded within the past five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment. Experience;

Designing and performing greenhouse experiments with fungal pathogens and plants.
Evaluating disease caused by fungal plant pathogens.
Performing molecular biology techniques including gene cloning, fungal transformations, site directed gene disruptions, RNA and DNA isolations, real-time quantitative RT-PCR, protein expression and tagging,.
Experience with genome sequencing, assembly and annotation using bioinformatics tools and pipelines.
Effective oral and written communication skills

Preferred Requirements:
Independent researcher with proven scientific writing skills.

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