The Leakey group at the University of Illinois (http://lab.igb.illinois.edu/leakey/) seeks creative and energetic applicants for 2 postdoctoral associate positions studying stomata, photosynthesis and water use efficiency in the model C4 species of sugarcane and setaria.
The positions will be involved in long-term collaborative projects funded by the Department of Energy and NSF, which involve multidisciplinary teams of physiologists, geneticists, computer scientists and molecular biologists.
Our goals are to understand the genetic and physiological controls of photosynthetic water use efficiency through a combination of molecular genetics, quantitative genetics, and physiology. The projects will benefit substantially from significant advances in high-throughput phenotyping and germplasm development made by our team and collaborators in recent years, as well as a new large-scale field facility for imposing drought treatments.
The positions will offer excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary training and a creative work environment at the Institute for Genomic Biology, which houses the CABBI DOE Bioenergy Center (http://sustainability.illinois.edu/doe-funds-major-bioenergy-research-center-at-illinois/) and the Gates Foundation-funded RIPE project (http://ripe.illinois.edu/).