Post Doctoral Research Scientist – Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

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Post Doctoral Research Scientist - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Accepting applications immediately. 

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI www.stri.si.edu) seeks a talented and highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to play a leading role in NSF-supported research comprising integrated field, lab, and informatics approaches. The three-year project will examine how sharing resistance gene alleles affects transmission of soil microbial pathogens between neighboring tropical tree seedlings and adults, and consequent effects on seedling fitness. Results will provide new insights about the way genetic variation affects plant defense, plant-microbe interactions, and heretofore mechanistically unexplored processes such as plant-soil feedbacks and negative density dependence that are increasingly the focus of theoretical models of forest dynamics and the maintenance of tree species diversity. The project is situated in Panama (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) with annual visits to collaborator labs at the USDA-ARS Culture Collection and Penn State University in the U.S.A. for professional development and training opportunities. STRI is a lively, collaborative research community, with 37 Staff Scientists, a similar number of post-doctoral fellows, and over 1,200 international scientists visiting annually.

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