Open postdoctoral position

Update: Final review of applications 27 Aug 2018

Come join the lab! We are looking to make major advances in understanding how plants evolve in their interactions with the microbial community, and how these interactions affect the distribution and abundance of plants (including invasive species!).

A postdoctoral research position funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER award is available to work with Dr. Katrina Dlugosch and collaborator Dr. David Baltrus (@surt_lab, at the University of Arizona on the ecological genomics of evolution along a growth-defense trade-off in the invasive plant yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis). We are using greenhouse experiments, microbial culturing, plant immune function assays, microbiome sequencing, plant population genomics, plant QTL mapping, plant RNAseq analyses, and selection experiments to study the evolution of species interactions during range expansion and their impact on the spread of invading plant populations. In addition, there will be opportunities for the postdoc to propose new research directions, and to be involved in the mentoring of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in research on plant-microbe interactions. We are seeking outstanding postdoctoral researchers with interests and experience in these areas.

The position is for one year, with reappointment for up to two additional years subject to satisfactory performance. Start date can be as early as Aug 2018, but a start date any time in the 2018/2019 academic year is negotiable. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

Minimum qualifications
*PhD in Biology or a related field
*Experience producing and analyzing molecular genetic data
*Authorship of peer-reviewed publications of research in a field related to the position
*Strong communication skills
*Ability to work independently and in a team

Preferred Qualifications 
(Some combination of these is highly desirable):

*Experience rearing plants in the greenhouse or growth chamber
*Experience preparing plant DNA for next-generation sequencing
*Experience with QTL mapping
*Experience with RNA extraction and RNAseq library preparation
*Experience with microbiome sequencing
*Experience with bioinformatic analyses of genomic data
*Experience culturing bacterial colonies
*Experience with assays of plant defense functions

To apply, submit a cover letter, statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to posting #P20597 at

Inquiries about the positions may be directed to Dr. Katrina Dlugosch (

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