King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Postdoc Positions:
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (postdoc)
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Nov 25, 2021
Five positions at PhD or Postdoc level have become available in the group of
Prof. Brande Wulff in the Center for Desert Agriculture at King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. The Wulff group
studies the structure, function, evolution, and mechanism of disease
resistance in wild relatives of wheat, with the aim of engineering this
resistance into bread wheat.
Theme 1: Population genetics of resistance genes in wild wheat relatives. We
deploy state-of-the-art genetics and bioinformatics to study the composition
and evolution of resistance gene architectures in wild wheat relatives.
Candidates would be advantaged by an understanding of population genetics,
high-throughput genomic analysis, familiarity with widely used genomic
databases and methods, experience with bioinformatic scripting languages, and
handling of data from high-throughput DNA sequence acquisition systems.
Theme 2: Mechanism of non-NLR type disease resistance. We have cloned non-
canonical disease resistance genes and identified genetic interactors
providing an exciting opportunity to study the mechanism of these atypical
resistance genes. You will use molecular biology, cell biology, protein
biochemistry and structural biology, working in close collaboration with
members of our team and other experts on site.
Theme 3: Engineering resistance into wheat. You will use synthetic biology and
rational design to optimize and engineer resistance from wild wheats into
bread wheat. We seek individuals with experience in molecular biology, genetic
engineering, and plant transformation.
Theme 4: Functional genomics of the wheat stem rust pathogen. We seek an
individual with a strong interest in phytopathology and fungal genomics to
lead our studies on the wheat stem rust fugus. This work will closely
complement the ongoing studies in themes 1-3 described above.
The Wullf Lab benefits from generous funding and dedicated research support
staff. We are embedded in the Center for Desert Agriculture within the
multidisciplinary Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering
Division. State-of-the-art infrastructure, provided through Core Labs,
includes controlled environment rooms, glasshouse facilities, high-performance
computing, DNA sequencing, protein biochemistry and structural biology.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia,
on the Red Sea coastal area of Thuwal, is an international graduate-level
research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement
that will benefit the region and the world. As an independent and merit-based
institution and one of the best-endowed universities in the world, KAUST is
becoming a major new contributor to the global network of collaborative
research. It will enable researchers from around the globe to work together to
solve challenging scientific and technological problems. The admission of
students, the appointment, promotion and retention of faculty and staff and
all the educational, administrative and other activities of the University
shall be conducted on the basis of equality, without regard to race, color,
religion or gender. Further information can be found at www. kaust.edu.sa
Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of achievement in
academia or industry, and an eagerness to work as part of a collaborative,
multi-disciplinary, international team in collaboration with industry. A
degree (BSc, MSc or PhD) in biology, bioinformatics, computer sciences or
mathematics or related discipline is required. Successful candidates will have
excellent writing skills, a talent for communication, a collaborative spirit,
and an interest to see research outcomes reach practical application. Informal
enquires can be addressed to Brande Wulff (email@example.com).
PhD applicants for starting in the fall of 2022 should formally apply through
(https: // admissions.kaust.edu.sa/admission-requirment.html) by 16 December
Postdoc applications, including a cover letter (max one page) and a CV (max
2 pages). For full consideration, please submit your application before 20
December 2023. Positions will remain open until filled.