The Baskin laboratory is hiring a Postdoctoral Resarcher to work on the coordinated regulation of cell division and elongation in the plant root.
The person hired into this position will work on the role of the root cortex in a seedling’s acclimation to temperature. The project uses the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana, leverging the lab’s kinematic analysis of growth and dvision. The hired person will conduct tissue-specific transcriptomics for gene discovery and will design, build, and characterize plants in which cell division is inhibited specifically in the root cortex. The person will also supervise undergraduate students and help write papers associated with the project.
The position requires a Ph.D. in plant physiology, molecular biology, developmental biology or a similar field of study. Molecular experience working with DNA and RNA is required. A deep interest in cell division and growth is essential. Experience with roots, growth analysis, or with tissue-specific gene expression will be preferred.
UMass Amherst is the Flagship Campus of the public University system of Massachusetts. Located in the rural western part of the state, the campus is close to farms and forests, rivers and lakes. UMass Amherst has a vibrant research community, a long-standing School of Agriculture (Stockbridge) and a vigorous interdepartmental program in Plant Biology (https://gpls.cns.umass.edu/pb), hosting labs carrying out innovative research and fostering a flourishing community.