Postdoctoral Position: PPMO control of bacteria (University of Florida)

The Pelz-Stelinski Lab is seeking two post-doctoral associates in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida. The successful candidate will conduct research to develop a novel, gene-based bacterial therapy to disrupt Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (Las), the causal agent of Citrus greening and its vector, the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). The project funded by the USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE) program, focuses on the development of bactericidal agents called PPMOs for management of citrus greening disease. The successful candidates will contribute to the development of morpholino oligonucleotides targeting Las and ACP symbionts, with the goal of reducing pathogen transmission and eliminating existing Las infections in citrus trees. Doctoral or post-doctoral experience in molecular genetics, molecular entomology, molecular plant pathology, or a related discipline is required. Research will be conducted in conjunction with the USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory in Ft. Pierce, FL.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski at pelzstelinski@ufl.edu. This position is initially a one-year appointment with yearly extensions possible depending on progress and performance. The position should be filled by March or April 2016. The University of Florida is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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