A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available immediately in the Handler lab at the USDA-ARS, Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, Florida. The successful candidate will be involved in a dual project involving germ-line transformation of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri, and the spotted-winged drosophilid, D. suzukii. The ACP project focuses on ongoing efforts to develop germ-line transformation and gene-editing methodologies for this serious pest of citrus crops, as part of a collaborative multi-lab effort to create and test gene drive systems. The D. suzukii project, funded by the USDA-NIFA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Program, focuses on assessing and mitigating the genetic breakdown of conditional lethality systems, including tetracycline-suppressible (Tet-off) and dominant temperature sensitive (DTS) lethality. Doctoral or post-doctoral experience (theoretical and methodological) in genetics, molecular biology, molecular entomology or a related field is required. Knowledge and experience with the handling and rearing of insects such Drosophila and ACP, and the use of transformation technology in any insect system, will be highly advantageous.
Funding for this position will be administered through the University of Florida, with research conducted at CMAVE adjacent to campus. While all highly qualified applicants will be considered, due to CMAVE being a U.S. federal laboratory, non-U.S. citizens must be approved by a lengthy background security check (and visa process if necessary), and thus U.S. citizens may be given priority. To apply (or request further information) please send a CV and statement of research interests to Al Handler at firstname.lastname@example.org.