Visiting Research Scholar Positions (Ph.D, M.S. and B.S. levels) in Genome Editing and Metabolic Engineering of Sugarcane


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Organization: University of Florida, Agronomy Department


Organization: University of Florida, Agronomy Department
Location: Gainesville, FL 32611; United States
Organization Type: Academia
Description: The Plant Molecular Physiology lab at University of Florida, headed by Fredy Altpeter ( is seeking highly motivated researchers at the Ph.D (position number 8953) M.S. (position number 8954) or B.S. (position number 8955) level with experience in plant genetic engineering and molecular biology to join our team. The research program focuses on genome editing and metabolic engineering of sugarcane and energycane to improve crop performance and quality in collaboration with the newly funded DOE Bioenergy Science Center

The successful candidates will use CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genome editing and transgenic approaches for metabolic engineering and characterize genetically modified events under controlled environment and field conditions similar in scope to our recent publications:

Ph.D level: Extensive background in molecular genetics is essential, including analysis of RNAseq data, design and construction of complex vectors, plant tissue culture including monocots, biolistic gene transfer, molecular and phenotypic characterization of transgenic plants. This work requires excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills in English. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
M.S. and B.S. level: Extensive experience in plant tissue culture of monocots, preferably sugarcane, genetic transformation, molecular and phenotypic characterization of transgenic plants.

Selected publications related to this position:
Altpeter F. et al. 2016. Advancing Crop Transformation in the Era of Genome Editing. Plant Cell. 28: 1510-1520.
Jung, J. H. and F. Altpeter. 2016. TALEN mediated targeted mutagenesis of the caffeic acid O-methyltransferase in highly polyploid sugarcane improves cell wall composition for production of bioethanol. Plant. Mol. Biol. 92: 131-142.
Zale, J., J.H. Jung, J.Y. Kim, B, B. Patha, R. Karan, H. Liu, X. Chen, H. Wu, J. Candreva, Z. Zhai, J. Shanklin, F. Altpeter. 2016. Metabolic engineering of sugarcane to accumulate energy-dense triacylglycerols in vegetative biomass. Plant Biotech. J. 14: 661-669.

How to apply

How to apply: Please email your resume, cover letter, US visa history and contact information of 3 references to the PI at
University of Florida is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Starting stipend: PhD. level US $ 35,000; M.S. level US $ 25,000; B.S. level US$ 20,000.
Date needed: 11/01/2017
Initial deadline for application: 8/30/2017 and may be extended until a suitable candidate is identified.