A post-doctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Lukasz Stelinski at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, FL. Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) threatens the very survival of citrus as a commercial agricultural commodity in FL and is a similar threat in TX and CA. The FL, TX, and CA citrus industries are all at risk despite the staggered introduction of HLB to the U.S. with Florida serving as ground zero. The Asian citrus psyllid is the vector of the HLB (aka, citrus greening disease) pathogen, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) that is devastating citrus production in the U.S. and elsewhere. This project will focus on practical investigations for management of the disease vector, Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri, in citrus groves under the stress of HLB. Research objectives will focus on mechanisms of pathogen transmission and their interruption with current and novel tools. Previous training in vector management, vector-pathogen interactions, insect toxicology, and/or agricultural pest management is desired. L. Stelinski will oversee progress in all areas and facilitate research and communication between collaborators. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three references to Wendy Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Citrus Research and Education Center can be found at http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu. More information about Dr. Stelinski’s program can be found at http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/academics/faculty/stelinski/. Any questions about the position can be sent to Wendy Meyer at the above email. We anticipate a start date of September 1, 2017.