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PhD student with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Illinois, USA

Type of position Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD)
Employer University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location Urbana, Illinois, USA
Description of Location College of ACES, Department of Crop Sciences (https://cropsciences.illinois.edu), 1102 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801.
Salary Commensurate with PhD student GRA (2023-24)
Closing date of competition Available until a suitable candidate is identified.
Date position available August 1, 2023
Description of duties

A Graduate Research Assistant position (PhD) is available at the University of Illinois-Urbana in the weed physiology program of Dr. Dean Riechers, with the possibility to also serve as a Teaching Assistant. The overall research topic is to investigate and comprehensively understand the genetic basis for metabolic herbicide resistance in dioecious Amaranthus. Students will perform cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research aimed at unraveling genetic and biochemical mechanisms of weed resistance related to rapid herbicide detoxification. Research experimentation will generate and integrate data from genomic, metabolomic (HPLC and LC-MS/MS), quantitative gene expression, greenhouse dose-response analysis (PRE and POST herbicides) and cell biology studies utilizing advanced microscopy techniques.

Qualifications sought

Qualifications include a BS or MS in weed science, plant biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics or molecular biology discipline. Experience with gene expression, QTL analysis and/or metabolite profiling is desirable but is not required.

Contact for additional information Further application details will be provided upon request.
Application procedure  
Submit what Interested applicants should send an email stating their academic and research interests, professional background, and current resume (PDF) to Dr. Dean E. Riechers, Professor of Weed Physiology ([email protected]). Including copies of published papers in scientific journals is desirable but not required. A formal Graduate School application can be submitted anytime, but ideally the successful applicant can start their PhD program in fall semester 2023.
Submit to Dr. Dean E. Riechers, Professor of Weed Physiology ([email protected])
Additional Information The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.