Post-Doctoral Associate

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123621
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: SVPAAP-Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research
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Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. 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.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Applications are invited for a POST-DOCTORAL ASSOCIATE at the University of Maryland Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR, Rockville, MD), to work on the molecular pathogenesis of rust disease in poplar. The successful candidate is expected to design, plan, and execute multi-step experiments to (i) identify fungal effectors that suppress poplar immunity using Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression of candidate effectors and analysis of metabolic changes of impacted host tissues by LC-MS; (ii) decipher effector-host interaction networks using poplar protoplast-based co-immunoprecipitation and proteomics; and (iii) work with collaborators to develop transgenic poplar lines for analysis of host defense responses to rust infection. The successful candidate is also expected to generate research reports, make internal and external presentations, and work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team towards achieving enhanced resistance to rust pathogens in poplar thereby expanding its potential as a bioenergy feedstock.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in plant science, molecular biology, biochemistry or related field is required;
• Must have completed all degree requirements before starting appointment;
• Must possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute in a multi-site and multi-disciplinary team;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills required, as is the ability to follow safety procedures and maintain a safe work environment.


Hands-on experience in molecular biology, plant-pathogen interactions, proteomics, Agrobacterium infiltration, plant transformation, metabolite analysis by LC-MS is highly desirable.

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Additional Information:
Posting Date: 12/18/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 01/02/2018
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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.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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