A postdoctoral position (up to five years) is available in the Ané lab (http://anelab.wisc.edu/ ) in the departments of Bacteriology and Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
The postdoctoral researcher will be part of an interdisciplinary team studying the evolution of root nodule symbioses. The goal of the project is to (1) identify evolutionary innovations that allowed efficient nitrogen-fixing associations to appear using comparative phylogenomic approaches, and (2) use this mechanistic information to engineer nitrogen-fixing symbioses in poplar and cereals.
The postdoctoral researcher mentored by Dr. Jean-Michel Ané will test hypotheses from EvoDevo approaches in legumes and non-legumes (poplar and maize) with the goal of engineering nitrogen-fixing associations. They will be involved in interdisciplinary collaborations nationally and internationally.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, a CV and 3 references by email to Dr. Jean-Michel Ané (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please entitle your email “Application for postdoc position”.
A Ph.D. in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology, Plant Genetics, Plant Physiology, or related fields is required. The successful candidate will have co-authored one or more peer-reviewed publications in reputable international journals in basic plant sciences and will be an expert in plant molecular and cellular biology. Candidates with prior experience in the study of plant-microbe interactions, EvoDevo, plant signaling, or nitrogen fixation are especially encouraged to apply. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and the ability to work well in a collaborative environment are essential.
Additional Salary Information: Full benefits from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
About Ané lab - University of Wisconsin - Madison
Understanding how beneficial associations between plants and microbes develop is an important biological question that is particularly relevant in modern agriculture and economy. Our goal is to use microbes better to maintain the sustainability of our agriculture by protecting the environment over the long term and reducing costs for food, feed and biofuel production.
Our laboratory is part of the Department of Bacteriology and the Department of Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. We seek to understand and manipulate the molecular mechanism controlling symbiotic associations between plants and microbes.