Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science - Section of Plant Biology

Position ID:Cornell-PlantBiology-POSTDOCSCANLON [#16618, WDR-00023552]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate Single-Cell Genomic Analyses of Lineage Relationships and Mutation Rates in Maize
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Plant Biology
Appl Deadline:2020/10/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/08/03, finished 2021/01/20, listed until 2020/12/01)
Position Description:    

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Single-Cell Genomic Analyses of Lineage Relationships and Mutation Rates in Maize.

Position Function
A Postdoctoral Associate Position is immediately available to join the Scanlon Lab ( in the Plant Biology Section, School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University in the area of plant computational developmental biology. This position requires an experienced scientist to work on a collaborative project that investigates two, related big-picture questions in plant development: (1) How do plants allocate their cell divisions and mutations across their tissues and meristems to escape the accumulation of deleterious mutations in the germline, when germline identity is acquired late in plant development?; and (2) what are the cell-lineage relationships of all the cells, tissues and organs in the maize shoot? Novel genomic approaches now enable investigations of these phenomena at single-cell resolution. Responsibilities will include independent research in applying and designing new approaches to use CRISPR/Cas9-induced editing of transgenic target sequences to genetically mark every cell in the plant, and investigate the cell lineage relationships among distinct cells, tissues and organs. In addition, whole genome sequence analyses of individual plant cells will be analyzed throughout ontogeny to generate a mutational fate map of the maize plant and determine the modes and tempo of mutation in distinct, tissues, organs and cell lineages.

Position requirements
• Ph.D. with research experience in plant biology, bioinformatics, genomics, computational biology, statistics or related discipline.
• Proficiency in collecting and analyzing data sets.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a strong publication record.
• Independence and project leadership skills.

Preferred qualifications
• More than 3 years of experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, and genomic analyses.
• Extensive experience in genomic sequence analyses transcriptomics, and statistical analyses
• Experience in plant phylogenomics.
• A record of publication in the field of plant computational genomics.
• Experience in plant developmental biology

Supervision Exercised
The position may include some supervision of undergraduate and graduate students involved in research on the project.

Anticipated Division of Time
Data generation and collection: GESTALT analyses, single cell RNAseq, single-cell/tissue sequencing:  40%
Data analyses and evaluation: 45%
Participation in preparation of annual reports and publications: 15%

How to Apply
A letter of interest in the position, C.V., a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion and contact information for three references should be submitted on-line via the Academic Jobs Online posting:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Further Info:
412 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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