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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Tucson, AZ
Type: Full-Time
Posted: 06/18/2021

Posting Number: req5738

Department: School of Plant Sciences-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Palanivelu lab is seeking a postdoctoral candidate to use genomic, molecular, genetic, and cell biological tools to characterize heat tolerance in tomato pollen tube growth and precision breed heat-tolerant tomato varieties. The chosen candidate will be part of the Palanivelu lab at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona but will have a great opportunity to be part of a collaborative. The post-doctoral researcher will benefit from a supportive collaborative research experience that emphasizes mentoring by an interdisciplinary team of researchers in five laboratories at four institutions examining the genomics of tomato pollen tube growth to generate heat-tolerant tomato varieties. This group includes Dr. James Pease (Wake Forest University) and Dr. Ann Loraine (UNC-Charlotte) whose expertise and focus is on developing bioinformatic and computational approaches for large scale data analysis. Additional information about the Palanivelu lab, School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, and the city of Tucson can be found at

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

A postdoctoral research position is available in the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona to participate in NSF Plant Genome Research Program funded interdisciplinary research project that focuses on using modern genomic tools and latest RNA-seq technologies to develop heat-tolerant tomato varieties. Plant reproduction, especially pollen tube elongation and fertilization, are essential for seed and fruit production. However, this critical process is also highly vulnerable to heat stress. Dramatically reduced seed and fruit yield occur when otherwise healthy plants experience heat stress only for a few hours during this critical process. Targeted genetic changes are one way to equip plants to combat heat stress from rising temperatures due to climate change. Tomato is an excellent model plant to investigate and identify the molecular mechanisms that underlie heat tolerance during reproduction, as pollen development in this species is heat sensitive and it is replete with excellent genetic and genomic resources.


  • Collection of phenotypic data
  • Mutant and transgenic plant analysis
  • Generation of CRISPR mutants and analysis
  • Protein and molecular genetics analysis of pathways in plants
  • Statistical and bioinformatic analysis of data
  • RNA-seq analysis of samples
  • Collaborating with researchers in the lab and the project
  • Opportunities to supervise graduate and undergraduate student researchers
  • Additional duties may apply


  • Proficient knowledge & experience in genomics, molecular genetics, cell and developmental biology
  • Skills in bioinformatic and statistical analysis
  • Notable skills in project and time management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interact and work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively with written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interact and work collaboratively with different groups/individuals

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Plant biology or Genetics or Genomics or any related discipline in Life Sciences upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to a highly motivated, enthusiastic, critical thinking, and independent researcher who has proven research experience in genomics, molecular genetics, and cell biology. Publications from dissertation work demonstrating scientific leadership, management, and completion of projects are desired.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

For additional information, please contact Dr. Ravi Palanivelu at

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please attach the following to this application:

1. CV- must contain completed or planned publications

2. Cover Letter

3. 1 Research Statement Document in the additional slot containing:

a. Specific research interests,

b. Summary of research accomplishments,

c. Future research objectives,

d. Contact information (address, phone and email) of at least three references.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.



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