The Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research Unit at USDA-NCAUR in Peoria, Illinois, has two postdoctoral associate positions available.
- The successful applicant will study comparative genomics of Fusarium in order to elucidate genetic mechanisms that have given rise to the current diversity and distribution of secondary metabolite and pathogenicity-related genes in the F. fujikuroispecies complex. For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/361765700or contact Robert Proctor (email@example.com; tel. 309-681-6380).
- The successful applicant will use molecular biological and microbiological techniques to identify and characterize the microbial genes that modify, detoxify, or otherwise confer resistance to mycotoxins. For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/360735200 or contact Susan McCormick(Susan.McCormick@ars.usda.gov; tel. 309-681-6381).
via Todd Ward
Research Molecular Biologist in Fusarium
The incumbent serves as a Research Molecular Biologist in the Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology (BFP) Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois. BFP scientists conduct research in genetics, microbiology, chemistry, and plant biology to produce information and technologies needed to enhance food safety and crop production in the U.S. and around the world. The incumbent will conduct research on the molecular biology and biochemistry of production and detoxification of Fusarium mycotoxins, and elucidate the role of mycotoxins and other secondary metabolites in plant-pathogen interactions.
Specific research objectives include: 1) identification and characterization of mycotoxin detoxification genes as a mechanism to reduce/eliminate the toxins in grain-based food and feed; 2) determination of the genetic bases and ecological significance of variation in types of trichothecene mycotoxins produced byFusarium; and 3) identification and characterization of plant and fungal genes that affect biosynthesis of trichothecenes and other mycotoxins produced by Fusarium. A combination of molecular, biological, genomic, and phenotypic data generated by the incumbent, or made available through collaborative efforts, will be used to accomplish these objectives.
Applications can be made here at the USDA site