POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR POSITIONS - Asian citrus psyllid
University of Florida
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Two Postdoctoral Scholar Positions
Two positions are available at University of Florida (UF) to work on disruption of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) vectoring of the causative agent of citrus greening. This disease has devastated citrus production in Florida and now threatens citrus production in Texas and California. The bacterium presumed to cause this disease, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas), is transmitted by ACP. The goal of this project is to prevent ACP transmission of CLas by disrupting CLas interaction with the ACP gut. This project is funded by the USDA for collaborative research in the labs of Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski, Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC), Lake Alfred, FL and Dr. Bryony C. Bonning, Department of Entomology & Nematology, Gainesville, FL.
Hemipteran gut physiology (Gainesville, FL)
Characterize interaction between gut binding peptides with the ACP gut epithelium
Assess the impact of gene silencing of target gut genes on survival, behavior and fecundity
Liaise with personnel at CREC for testing impacts on CLas
Insect biotechnology (Lake Alfred, FL)
Develop delivery system for gut binding peptides in ACP
Assess the fitness of paratransgenic insects
Evaluate impacts of gene silencing on CLas acquisition
Liaise with personnel in Gainesville for testing impacts on CLas
These positions are based in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida. The Bonning lab provides outstanding infrastructure for cutting edge research and has a strong record of innovation and trainee placement within the agricultural biotechnology industry sector, USDA and academia. The Pelz-Stelinski lab specializes in vector biology, insect immune systems, and microbial ecology and works extensively with the citrus industry to address research priorities related to ACP biology and management, including investigation of CLas transmission and evaluation of biotechnological tools for CLas management in commercial citrus.
University of Florida has the largest Entomology and Nematology department in the nation, with outstanding facilities. The diverse faculty has strengths in both basic and applied research, and strong collaborative and interdepartmental interactions. Gainesville, Florida is consistently ranked among the Top 10 Best College Towns in the U.S.
Candidates should apply byemailing a single pdf file with “PD Application – ACP” in the subject line containing 1) a statement of research experience, interests and career goals, 2) curriculum vitae including complete publication list, 3) names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for three references to: Dr. Bryony C. Bonning, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for position #1, or to Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski, E-mail: email@example.com for position #2.
Review of applications will begin on Monday, November 1st, 2021 and continue until the positions have been filled.
The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .
PhD, in entomology, microbiology, biochemistry or a related area
Research experience with insect physiology and / or gene silencing (Position #1)
University of Florida (UF) has the largest Entomology and Nematology department in the nation, which ranked first in the 2017 Center for World University Rankings. The diverse entomology and nematology faculty has strengths in both basic and applied research, and strong collaborative and interdepartmental interactions. UF ranked 5th in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges.
University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution.