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Fellow (Post Doc)

Apply now Department: 3670010110 Plant Pathology
Job no: 510099
Employment type: Post Doc (Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Plant Transformation lab in the Department of Plant Pathology at K-State is seeking a Post-Doc to enhance and streamline genetic transformation and gene editing methodologies for wheat as well as edit the wheat and soybean genomes for the improvement of yield and yield-related traits and to improve biotic and abiotic tolerances. 

Job duties include: 

  • Independently designing and conducting research experiments to enhance and streamline genetic transformation and gene editing mythologies in wheat and soybeans.

  • Independently design and conduct research experiments to edit the wheat and soybean genomes with the goal of enhancing yield traits and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Experiments will require the use of several advanced techniques in gene editing, DNA/RNA isolation, CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing systems in plants, smRNA manipulation, molecular biology, and molecular analysis of plants. 

  • Preparing scientific manuscripts, reporting research methodology, results, and interpretations. Communicating research findings to key stakeholders and peers.

  • Supervising undergraduate students involved with the research project.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University compromises a large and diverse group of scientists with excellent reputations in research, teaching, and extension. Our strengths are in applied plant pathology, microbiology, biosecurity, disease diagnostics, management, host-parasite resistance genetic, pathogen and microbe genetics and genomics, genomics, and biotechnology. Additional information can be found at http://www.plantpath.k-state.edu

This position is benefits eligible:  health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. 

To learn more visit:  https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/ 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's dedication to the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD in Plant Pathology or a related field
  • Strong foundation in plant biology, biochemistry, and current molecular biology techniques.
  • Strong background in plant tissue culture and transformation.
  • Molecular biology skills, including gene cloning, nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) isolation and analysis, and advanced PCR techniques, southern and northern analysis.
  • Strong background in genome editing
  • Experience in gene editing using CRISPR/CAS9 system
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and quality control. Must be able to independently design and conduct experiments with a strong commitment to goals. 
  • Ability to work well in a diverse, team-based, collaborative research atmosphere.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in genetic transformation of wheat or other cereal crop species. 
  • Plant production in a greenhouse and environmental chambers.
  • Pesticide handler/applicator experience.
  • Previous supervisory skills are helpful.


  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. copy of transcripts
  3. Contact information for 3 references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Anticipated Salary Range

Immediately. For best consideration, apply by January 30, 2021. 


  $47,500 - 55,000.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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