BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST, SR
University of Florida - Florida

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The incumbent in this position will be responsible to study important citrus diseases including citrus blight, citrus canker and citrus HLB . Involved in study of the virulence mechanism of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri and Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus and other projects assigned by supervisor. Assist in the collection and analysis of data and in preparation of manuscripts and presentations of research results.

Duties & Responsibilities include:

Responsible for study important citrus diseases including citrus blight.
For citrus blight, the personnel will be involved to characterize the microbiomes of the blight diseased and healthy citrus roots through metagenomic approaches and to illustrate the effect of HLB disease on the citrus blight diseased trees.
Involved in study of the virulence mechanism of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri and Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus and other projects assigned by supervisor.

For the virulence mechanism of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, this personnel is involved in studying the important virulence factors of the pathogen and how they contribute to HLB disease symptome development.
For citrus canker, this personnel will study some important virulence factors and use biotechnology developed from TALEN to control citrus canker.
The duties/tasks include designing the experiments supervised by Dr. Nian Wang, conducting experiments in the research areas related to citrus diseases including citrus blight, citrus canker, and HLB as mentioned above, analyzing data, writing summary and report of the experiments and manuscript, supervising OPS involved in those projects mentioned above.

Minimum Requirements:
A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and three years of appropriate experience. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
A Ph.D degree in an appropriate area of specialization and at least four years of appropriate experience is required with preference in Molecular Biology; Plant Pathology; Microbiology; bacteriology; or related field. Candidates with training in molecular plant-microbe interactions are especially encouraged to apply.
Ability to conduct biological research, studies or analyses using scientific methods and techniques.
Knowledge of the procedures, techniques and equipment used in lab testing and analysis.
Knowledge of the terminology, principles and techniques used in biological research, analysis or testing.
Ability to collect, record and analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences.
Skill in the use of scientific lab, greenhouse, and field equipment.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments

Health Assessment Required:
No

Special instructions to applicants:
This is a time-limited position.

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