Postdoctoral Fellow, Plant Pathology
City : Halifax
Category : Other
Industry : Education
Employer : Dalhousie University
A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences at the Truro Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University., under the supervision of Dr. David Percival Funding is available for two years, and is renewable on an annual basis.
Specific duties and responsibilities
The Wild Blueberry Research Program is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to lead research into the molecular responses of wild blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait. and V. myrtillodes Michx.) to Monilinia vaccinia-corymbosi (Read) Honey and Botrytis cinerea Pers.:Fr. which are the causal pathogens of Monilinia blight and Botrytis blossom blight respectively. Substantial variability in the response of wild blueberries to these fungal organisms exists, and the intent of this research is to determine the mechanisms conferring disease resistance. This will allow for the eventual development of disease management practices that focus only on the susceptible portion of the population structure situated in fields.
Primary responsibilities of the researcher will be to examine the biochemical and genetic basis of defense responses. This will include the use of real-time PCR, the examination of host-induced defense mechanisms, and further complemented with the examination of compounds with emphasis on the phenolic compounds and plant hormones. The initial emphasis will be on the primary infection of Monilinia blight, and this will be expanded to also include the secondary infection of floral tissue. Secondary responsibilities will be to characterize the infection processes using advanced microscopic techniques. Opportunities for additional projects of particular interest to the candidate are available. The researcher is expected to conduct statistical analysis and summarize data in a timely and efficient manner, interpret the findings within the context of the pathosystem, and present results in peer reviewed journals and professional conferences. The researcher will also have the opportunity to work with the lab to develop and deliver extension materials to wild blueberry industry and producers and collaborate with researchers at other research institutions on related projects. This is an exciting opportunity for a scientist looking to be involved at the forefront of a new area of research!