Harmer Lab:Job openings
A post-doctoral position in circadian biology is available in the Department of Plant Biology at UC Davis, starting February 1, 2018 or upon agreement.
We are currently seeking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to work on an NSF-funded project to characterize pathways that control the timing of late-stage floret development using sunflower and lettuce as model systems. These Asteraceae have very similar floret morphology, yet the timing of floral development is differentially controlled to promote outcrossing in sunflower and selfing in lettuce. In sunflower, individual florets are male one day and female the next, whereas in lettuce, anthers and stigma mature nearly simultaneously to promote self-fertilization. We have recently found that the circadian clock, light, and temperature signaling pathways act together to control the precise timing of floral organ elongation and pollen release in sunflower and that this affects male reproductive success. The circadian clock influences multiple light and hormone signaling pathways in Arabidopsis (Covington and Harmer, 2007; reviewed in Atamian & Harmer, 2016), but it is not clear how these pathways are integrated with each other. Sunflower and lettuce, both with recently sequenced genomes, provides excellent model systems to investigate this question. (Please see Atamian et al, Science (2016) for an example of previous work from our lab investigating how interactions between the clock and light pathways affect sunflower growth and development.) This new project will provide novel insights into how environmental sensing pathways and the circadian network work together to optimize distinct reproductive strategies.
The successful post-doc applicant will use physiological and molecular techniques to identify pathways controlling the timing of late-stage floret development and thus promoting distinct reproductive strategies. The candidate should be familiar with standard molecular techniques and have an interest in circadian biology and pathways regulating plant growth and development. Experience generating and analyzing RNA-seq data would be a plus. This project will be performed at the Dept. of Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis, under the supervision of Dr. Stacey Harmer. With over 100 plant-focused research groups and a strong program in the biological sciences in many model systems, UC Davis provides an excellent environment for fundamental studies in plant biology. Davis is a pleasant college town located in the northern Central Valley of California. It is 20 minutes from the state capital (Sacramento), and 1hr 30’ from San Francisco.
Applications should be submitted in electronic form, and should include a cover letter, a CV, and contact details for three references. The candidate should have obtained his or her PhD within the last 3 years, and a strong record of publication will be the major criterion for screening applications. Inquiries and applications should include the subject line “Postdoctoral Position” and should be sent to Stacey Harmer.
Interesting projects are also available for postdoctoral candidates seeking independent fellowships to join our group.
Students seeking to rotate in the lab should send their CV to Stacey Harmer.