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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Plant Systems Biology
Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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Date Posted July 11, 2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Plant Systems Biology group within the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks two postdoctoral researchers with experience in plant genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry or physiology. The selected postdoctoral researchers will work on the Center for Bioenergy Innovation project ( https://cbi.ornl.gov/ ) to functionally characterize genes and pathways regulating biomass productivity and characteristics, as well as its conversion to biofuels. Examples of recent publications from this project include Xie et al. (2018) Plant Cell 30: 1645-1660, Zhang et al. (2018) New Phytologist 220: 502-516, and Muchero et al. (2018) PNAS 115: 11573-11578. 

Major Duties / Responsibilities 
The Plant Systems Biology Group seeks to explore and understand the network of genes, proteins, metabolites, and environmental signals that lead to improved plant characteristics and performance. The selected candidate will join a multi-disciplinary team of investigators undertaking broad, integrated approaches to enhance fundamental understanding of genetic controls on plant productivity, sustainability and plant-microbe interactions in bioenergy-relevant plants. 

A Ph.D. in plant biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or related fields is required. Prior knowledge and demonstrated expertise in molecular, genetic and biochemical characterizations of genes and pathways are required. 

The selected candidate will work with Populus and other model systems (i.e., Arabidopsis , tobacco, switchgrass and rice). Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work in a team are required. 

Application cannot have received the PhD degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. 

This position is a full-time assignment for 24 months, contingent on successful performance and continued funding. 

For Further Information Contact:
Dr. Jay Chen, Group Leader 
Plant Systems Biology group 
(865) 574-9094 

Benefits at ORNL: UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including paid vacation, paid personal days and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities. 

Relocation: Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details. 

For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov . 

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired. 
We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment. 

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov. 

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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