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Cornell University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
School of Integrative Plant Science - Section of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology
Cornell AgriTech at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, New York
Post-Doctoral Associate Position
The College of Agriculture and Life Science is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we prove and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
This is a one year renewable appointment up to a maximum of 5 years within the Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University, Cornell AgriTech, Geneva, NY 14456. The position is currently available with a start date as soon as possible.
Applications are sought for a post-doctoral research position studying oomycete pathogens of vegetables including Phytophthora capsici. Oomycete pathogens cause significant yield loss to vegetable growers and can be limiting factors to production in New York. This project has the goal of furthering our understanding of pathogen biology, epidemiology and genomics, working closely with breeders to identify host resistance as well as pathogen effectors.
The position entails working with colleagues across the US to isolate and characterize pathogen populations, including genome-wide association studies. This information will be used to identify effective disease management strategies for growers in New York. Research will involve laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments, molecular and bioinformatic sills necessary for population studies, data collection including disease assessment of research trials, and data analyses. The goal of the project is to increase our understanding of the population biology of P. capsici, genome-wide studies to identify fungicide resistance markers and effectors. This is a team-oriented project and interest in working across disciplines including plant pathology, plant breeding and horticulture is critical. The successful candidate will work primarily with Dr. Christine Smart and will take a lead role in design, implementation, and data analysis for the project.
This is a one year term appointment that is renewable upon successful performance and funding.
Anticipated Division of Time
Conduct independent and collaborative research under the general direction of PI, to design and carry out genome-wide experiments on P. capsici. These include:
Perform pathogenicity assays to confirm QTL associated with effectors
Assess genomic regions identified as putative fungicide sensitivity QTL
Conduct independent and collaborative research under the general direction of PI, to isolate and characterize populations of P. capsici from five states.
Work with team members to collect and isolate pathogen
Isolate genomic DNA, and perform genotyping-by -sequencing
Analyze results using bioinformatic tools
Conduct independent and collaborative research under the general direction of PI, to Screen breeding lines for resistance to P. capsici
Research Communication (15%): Publish peer-reviewed journal articles, present at scientific meetings, seminars, workshops and assist with the coordination of data for extension/outreach materials.
Proposal Development (5%): Support the development of new research proposals.
Personal and Professional Development: (5%)
Continuously seek out and obtain training to enhance position performance.
Regularly take advantage of workshops and programs to further develop experience and skill level.
Through staff meetings provide input into research projects based on observations and experiences.
Various other duties as assigned.
The position requires a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline at time of appointment (e.g., Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Plant Breeding) and experience with bioinformatics.
Provide general training and assistance to temporary technicians and undergraduate researchers in the lab including helping new lab members learn necessary skills following established best practices.
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