The Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research has an opening for a Postdoctoral Associate position to be part of a team collaborating on a project to study inflorescence development and evolution in tomato and related Solanaceae.
The project will integrate virus induced gene silencing (VIGS), classical and quantitative genetics, transgenics, and transcriptomic/bioinformatics techniques to dissect regulatory mechanisms underlying meristem maintenance and maturation as they relate to the transition to flowering and inflorescence architecture.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in molecular biology, plant genetics, plant biology, or related fields. Experience with VIGS, stable transformation of plants, and gene construct design is highly desirable, but not required. Applicants should be self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic, and be willing to contribute intellectually in a team environment. Excellent communication skills are required.
William Boyce Thompson founded BTI in 1924 on the premise that basic plant research leads to real benefits for people. Many potential applications of BTI research are to improve crops by increasing yield or nutritional content, or decreasing the need for harmful fertilizers and pesticides. Other research could lead to inexpensive plant-made vaccines, or even shed light on the human immune system. With aims like these in mind, scientists at BTI study life at the scale of genes and proteins to learn about processes such as how plants detect light, or how they respond when aphids bite into them. Along with research, BTI’s mission includes environmental responsibility and outreach to teachers, students, and community members. Though it remains an independent, non-profit institution, BTI is affiliated with Cornell University and is located on its Ithaca, New York campus.
To apply, please send a
PDF document to Dr. Joyce Van Eck at
PDF document should include: 1) a cover letter describing your previous experience, summary of research accomplishments, and interest in this position; 2) your CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references.
Joyce Van Eck, Assistant Professor
The Boyce Thompson Institute
533 Tower Rd, Ithaca NY 14853