Postdoctoral Associate--Entomology

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Cornell University
Title: Postdoctoral Associate--Entomology
Location: Ithaca
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Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Entomology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Dr. Angela Douglas is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position to conduct studies on implementing a novel control strategy againstBemisiawhiteflies. The research will design strategies to optimizein-plantaRNAi against the agricultural insect pest,Bemisia tabaci. The efficacy of current methods againstBemisiawhiteflies is poor because of premature degradation of the RNAi molecule by nuclease(s) in the phloem sap or insect gut. The researcher will (1) determine the site of dsRNA degradation: in the plant and/or insect; (2) demonstrate that dsRNA-nuclease protects dsRNA from premature degradation; and (3) obtainin plantaRNAi knockdown of theBemisiasucrase geneST1, with resultant osmotic collapse and death of the insect pest. This proof-of-concept research will make RNAi a genuinely feasible strategy for the sustainable control of phloem-feeding insects, especiallyBemisiapests of cassava subsistence crop in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This is a 12-month appointment which is renewable pending available funding.
Required Qualifications:
PhD in a biological discipline, expertise in basic molecular methods and both field and lab studies and a proven track record of effective research output. Prior research with fungi, nematodes and insects and with both lab and field studies are an advantage. Competitive salaries commensurate with experience and skills will be offered, as well as generous benefits.
For more than 125 years, faculty members, staff and students have been working to advance the field of insect biology and apply that knowledge to solve problems and improve lives. As one of the top-ranked entomology programs in the country, our work spans the globe and impacts human lives and the environment on many levels, influencing a broad range of disciplines.
Applications should be sent by email to Angela Douglas ( ). Please include a CV and details of three referees. The covering letter should include an explanation of how your qualifications and experience make you a good candidate for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university''s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell''s far-flung global presence includes the medical college''s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.
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