The Brodersen Lab at the Yale School of the Environment is hiring a postdoctoral scholar to work on a newly funded project to pursue multiple pathways for manipulating leaf mesophyll cell geometry and biochemistry to increase photosynthetic capacity. The project leverages existing collaborations with cell physiologists to systematically characterize changes in mesophyll surface area in the palisade and spongy layers using X-ray microCT and light sheet fluorescence microscopy imaging, and the subsequent response of photosynthetic gas-exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, and leaf hydraulics. The successful applicant will work in direct collaboration with a second postdoc focused on developing an existing a three-dimensional, spatially explicit photosynthesis model for determining the influence of cellular geometry on the diffusion of CO2 and H2O.
The initial appointment is for one year, with the opportunity for extensions based on performance and availability of funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences and significant experience working with model systems such as Arabidopsis in greenhouse or growth chamber environments, gas-exchange systems for measuring photosynthesis and chlorophyll fluorescence, and bright field or fluorescence microscopy. Experience with coding in Python and R are viewed favorably, as well as experience working with three-dimensional datasets.
Please send the following application materials to craig dot firstname.lastname@example.org:
A cover letter describing your background, interest in the project, and technical skills related to the project description. A copy of your C.V., and contact information for three references.
Prospective Graduate Students
I am not currently accepting graduate student applications.