Postdoctoral Associate in Plant Root Phenotyping with X-ray Micro CT
July 24, 2018
West Lafayette, Indiana
Full Time - Experienced
Area of Focus:
Botany, Computational Biology, Other
A postdoctoral position is available in the Iyer-Pascuzzi lab at Purdue University to investigate the impact of soil microbes on root architecture using x-ray micro-computed tomography (x-ray µCT). The successful candidate will be part of a team assessing 1) the function of root-associated beneficial and pathogenic microbes in shaping tomato root architecture over time and 2) the role of bacterial virulence proteins in altering root architecture. The candidate will also provide CT imaging and analysis for other researchers using x-ray µCT, including those examining maize kernels.
Purdue University and the Center for Plant Biology offer a dynamic working environment within stimulating scientific surroundings. Purdue has invested over $25 million US dollars in the Plant Science Initiative, and has world class phenotyping capabilities. The new x-ray µCt will be located within the recently opened Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility (CEPF), which is also equipped with other plant phenotyping modalities including RGB cameras, and multispectral and hyperspectral sensors.
This is a unique opportunity to be a part of an enthusiastic team of root biologists and engineers to address fundamental questions in root-microbe biology, and to contribute to the development and refinement of root image analysis algorithms. Our research offers an ideal creative environment for interdisciplinary training in plant phenomics using state-of-the art technology.
The position is a 1 year contract that is renewable for up to 3 years, dependent on progress and mutual satisfaction, and includes benefits. Anticipated start date is January or February 2019.
Send cover letter describing your interest in this position, CV, short (max 1 page) statement of research accomplishments as it relates to this opening, and names of three academic or professional references compiled as a single PDF to Dr. Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
The candidate should hold a PhD (or expect to have one within 6 months of application)
Demonstrated experience in computational biology; proficiency in R or Python at minimum
Previous experience in biological image analysis
Excellent communication skills in written and oral English
At least one accepted, peer-reviewed, first author primary research manuscript
Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team of biologists, engineers, and computer scientists
Ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team