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Room 2123
Department of Plant Biology
1002 Life Sciences, One Shields Ave.
University of California Davis
Davis, CA 95616

Contact: slharmer at ucdavis.edu

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NSF-funded post-doctoral position

As part of an NSF-funded project, we are recruiting a post-doctoral fellow to characterize pathways that coordinate plant growth with daily environmental changes using sunflower as a model system. Sunflower plants are robust solar trackers, adjusting their growth during the day so that their leaves and apices are consistently perpendicular to the suns rays. Remarkably, they also re-orient their growth during the night in anticipation of the timing and direction of dawn, so that they are facing east well before the sun rises (see http://plantsinmotion.bio.indiana.edu/plantmotion/movements/tropism/tropisms.html for a spectacular movie). We have recently shown that directional growth at night in anticipation of dawn is controlled by the plant circadian clock. The circadian clock influences multiple light and hormone signaling pathways in Arabidopsis (Covington and Harmer, 2007; reviewed in Harmer, 2009), but it is not clear how these pathways are integrated with each other. Sunflower, with its recently sequenced genome, provides an ideal model system to investigate this question. The successful post-doc applicant will use RNA-seq and a high-throughput hormone analysis platform to identify pathways involved in clock-coordinated directional growth. These studies will provide novel insights into how the light and circadian networks work together to control plant growth in the natural environment.

The successful candidate will have obtained his or her PhD within the last 3 years, have a strong publication record, be familiar with standard molecular techniques, and have a keen interest in circadian biology and pathways regulating plant growth. Previous experience with RNA-seq, expression analysis, and hormone responses would be a definite plus. Applicants should send a CV to Stacey Harmer.

Other post-doctoral positions

Interesting projects are available for postdoctoral candidates seeking independent fellowships to join our group.

Graduate studentships

Students seeking to rotate in the lab should send their CV to Stacey Harmer.

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