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Post Doctoral Researcher, Caplan Lab

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College / VP Area: College of Ag & Natural Res
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

The Caplan Lab is seeking qualified candidate for a postdoctoral position focused on the function of chloroplast stromules in intracellular and cell-to-cell signaling. The individual would be part of a research group that focuses on microscopy-based approaches to understand the role of dynamic organelle morphology and movement during plant innate immunity. The position comes with a competitive salary with full benefits and will be located at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute ( within the new AP Biopharma Innovation Center at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA.

The successful candidate will lead a research project examining how chloroplast stromules are integrated into signaling pathways during plant innate immunity. Specifically, the individual will bridge two related funded projects; one project focuses on the role of chloroplast stromules and positioning in intracellular signaling and the other on cell-to-cell signaling between cells undergoing the hypersensitive response type of programmed cell death and bordering cells that will remain healthy and resistant to infection. A main aim of this research is to investigate reactive oxygen species and their interplay with other defense hormones generated in chloroplasts. The overall team is multidisciplinary with members having expertise in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry and machine learning. The successful candidate will bring expertise in cell biology and will lead the advanced live-cell microscopy portion of the project.

A Ph.D. in cell biology, plant molecular biology, plant pathology, or related field. Expertise in microscopy is required, and experience with spinning disk confocal microscopy, super-resolution Airyscan or STED microscopy, and/or live-cell plant microscopy is preferred. Basic skills in molecular biology, Arabidopsis genetics, biochemistry, and transient expression in Nicotiana are required. Mastery of written and spoken communication in English is essential. Those who are highly motivated to conduct cutting-edge research and work well in a team-oriented environment are encouraged to apply.

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