Postdoc - Hop Transformation and Metabolic Engineering of Plant Glandular Trichomes, University of Northern Iowa, USA

The University of Northern Iowa is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Axel Schwekendiek to work in plant metabolic engineering of hops. Hops are used in the brewing industry for flavoring beer and in nutriceutical, biofuel process, and animal feeds as anticancer, phytoestrogen, and antimicrobial agents. The successful candidate will oversee transformation projects at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA, USA and transfer technology to an industrial setting.

The candidate should be able to work in Iowa and in Washington, or abroad at hosting-academic institutions, according to project needs. The postdoc will lead several technicians, students and a doctoral student at both institutions in new facilities dedicated to hop tissue culture and interact with successful genomics and gene isolation efforts (see The Plant Cell, 20:186-200, 2008; J. Agric. Food Chem., 55: 7002-7009, 2007).

Experience in plant tissue culture and genetic transformation is required. The position is for 2 years, with yearly re-appointments, and possible continuance. The appointment provides a unique research opportunity to work in an applied field while interacting with scientists at academic and private research institutions world-wide.

Application

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, please send CV, transcripts, three letters of reference and, if available, reprints of recent publications to:

Dr. Axel Schwekendiek, Assistant Professor
University of Northern Iowa
Dept. of Biology
107 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421
Email: axel.schwekendiek@uni.edu