Iowa State University Postdoc in Ames, Iowa

Special Instructions

Special Instructions Summary

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter (containing your research accomplishments and career goals), curriculum vitae, and three references with contact informationto Dr. Kyaw Aung at

Posting Details

Posting Number 800168

Working Title Postdoc

Advertised Employing Department GDCB

Appointment Type Post Doctoral

Base of Employment D - Post Doctoral

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Pay Frequency Monthly

Proposed Start Date as soon as possible

Proposed End Date or Length of Term 1 year term with possibility of renewal

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Aung lab in the department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology at Iowa State University seek qualified candidates for a postdoctoral research position. We are seeking highly motivated individuals to join us to explore cell biology at the plant-microbe interface.

The Aung lab is broadly interested in understanding how plants harness intercellular communication to maintain homeostasis in the regulation of growth and defense. In plants, symplastic transport of signaling molecules between cells is mediated by membrane-lined channels termed plasmodesmata (PD), analogous to gap junctions in mammals. PD-dependent intercellular communication is essential for diverse stress adaptation; however, molecular mechanisms underlying the PD-mediated cell-to-cell communication are largely unknown. We are utilizing cellular, molecular, biochemical, and genetic approaches to uncover how pathogenic microbes manipulate plant PD to promote disease. We explore Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas syringae and Rice-Magnaporthe oryzae pathosystems. Using pathogenic microbes as probes, we aim to reveal the fundamental regulation of cell-to-cell communication network in plants.

The position is available immediately, but the start date is negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension for up to 3 years based on performance and funding.

Required Education and Experience

Ph.D. degree or an equivalent by the time he/she is appointed to the position.

Research experience.

At least one first author research paper in a peer-reviewed journal is required.

Preferred Education and Experience

Research experience in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, plant biology, plant pathology, and/or microbiology are desirable.

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Department/Program & College Description

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Kyaw Aung

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Department/Unit Website

Location (if other than Ames)

Additional Information

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter (containing your research accomplishments and career goals), curriculum vitae, and three references with contact information to Dr. Kyaw Aung at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received before October 31, 2018.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 10/30/2018

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Postdoc Research Associate - 0100


Job Category Post Doctoral

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