Postdoctoral Fellow Position in anti-fungal RNAi technologies
Belmonte Lab University of Manitoba
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Salary: $36,000 - $45,000 CAD
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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION IN ANTI-FUNGAL CROP PROTECTION TECHNOLOGIES, RNAi DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA, CANADA POSITION NUMBER 30915 Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral position in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. The successful applicant will work on the development of spray and host induced gene silencing technologies in the control of fungal pathogens. The global agriculture industry has been under pressure to find new, innovative, and environmentally sustainable ways to control fungal pathogens. Our recent discoveries using RNA interference technology show that this technology is capable of protecting plants against fungal pathogens as both foliar sprays or using a transgenic approach. The purpose of this project is to develop both spray and host induced gene silencing technologies using novel double stranded RNA structures in the control of fungal pathogens. Specifically, the objectives of this research are 1) identify new fungal gene targets and dsRNA structures in the control and application of both foliar sprays and transgenic plants and 2) characterize the mode of action of these technologies in vitro and in planta. The position requires highly motivated individuals with excellent written and oral communication skills and great interpersonal skills. This position is expected to commence on December 1, 2021 and end on November 30, 2023. Salary Range is $36,000 - $45,000 CAD, Commensurate with qualifications and experience
The postdoctoral candidate should have a PhD in the field of molecular biology, plant genetics and biotechnologies, and ideally, fungal-plant interactions and computational approaches to host pathogen interactions. A PhD awarded no earlier than December 1, 2017 (career interruptions or other extenuating circumstances may be accommodated and should be noted in the cover letter). In addition, the postdoctoral candidate should already have experience and be familiar with gene cloning and expression and would benefit from expertise in the analysis of large-scale RNA sequencing data sets. The successful candidate will develop and characterize novel RNAi crop protection technologies against the fungal pathogen Sclerotinia associated with infection in canola and Arabidopsis and will develop novel foliar and transgenic technologies to inhibit pathogenicity-associated genes using RNAi thereby protecting the plant.
The Belmonte Lab at the University of Manitoba drives innovation through discovery. Together, we study the cellular and molecular functions of plant development and plant pathogenesis. We strive to find new, innovative and sustainable technologies to improve and protect some of Canada's most important crops.