Deadline: Oct 9, 2018
A Post-doctoral Research Associate position in fungal genetics is available in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The position is available in Dr. Mideros' laboratory of plant pathology. The position will be part of the funded USDA/DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy project entitled Conserved genetic mechanisms for biotic stress in sorghum. The selected scientist will be responsible to identify key fungal pathogenesis genes present in maize isolates of Setosphaeria turcica (syn. Exserohilum turcicum) that allow sorghum to avoid infection. The overall objective of the project is to gain a systems-level understanding of the pathosystem by leveraging natural genetic variation, host specificity of the pathogen, and transcriptome analysis to improve biotic stress resistance in sorghum.