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Postdoctoral Fellow - Jackson Lab

A postdoctoral position is available to characterize the role of plasmodesmata in plant development, focusing on cell to cell trafficking of the KNOTTED1/ STM class of homeodomain proteins and associated mRNAs. The position is funded for 3+ years, and the candidate should have experience in arabidopsis molecular genetics and/ or cell biology/ microscopy. Our lab uses state of the art developmental biology, imaging and genomic techniques to understand signaling in plant stem cell (meristem) development, using arabidopsis and maize as model systems. For further information, please and see our website,

Some relevant recent publications from our lab:
Kitagawa, M., Wu, P., Balkunde, R., Cunniff, P., Jackson, D. (2022). An RNA exosome subunit mediates cell-to-cell trafficking of a homeobox mRNA via plasmodesmata. Science, 14;375(6577):177-182.

Liu, L., Gallagher, J., Arevalo, E.D., Chen, R., Skopelitis, T., Wu, Q., Bartlett, M., Jackson, D. (2021). Enhancing grain-yield-related traits by CRISPR-Cas9 promoter editing of maize CLE genes. Nature Plants, 7 (3). pp. 287-294.

Xu, X., Crow, M., Rice, B.R., Li, F., Harris, B., Liu, L., Demesa-Arevalo, E., Lu, Z., Wang, L., Fox, N., Drenkow, J., Luo, A., Char, S.N., Yang, B., Sylvester, A.W., Gingeras, T.R., Schmitz, R., Ware, D., Lipka, A.E., Gillis, J., Jackson, D. (2021). Single-Cell RNA Sequencing of Developing Ears Facilitates Functional Analysis and Trait Candidate Gene Discovery in Maize. Developmental Cell, 56:557-568.

Kitagawa, M., Jackson, D. (2019). Control of meristem size. Annu. Rev. Plant Biol, 70. pp. 269-291.

Balkunde, R., Kitagawa, M,, Xu, XM., Wang, J., Jackson, D. (2017). SHOOT MERISTEMLESS trafficking controls axillary meristem formation, meristem size and organ boundaries in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal, 90(3): 435-446.

Bommert, P., Je, B., Goldshmidt, A., and Jackson, D. (2013). The maize Gα gene COMPACT PLANT2 functions in CLAVATA signaling to control shoot meristem size. Nature, 2013 Sept 11.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned biomedical research institution in New York. It has shaped contemporary biomedical research and is the home of eight Nobel Prize laureates. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory provides a highly dynamic and interactive research environment and also a unique opportunity of timely exposure to advances in various biomedical research fields and of interaction with a broad range of researchers from all over the world through its renowned Meetings and Courses program.

We believe that science is for everyone. We have had researchers with a variety of backgrounds and believe in the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Position Requirements
Qualifications: Ph.D. and research experience in ­­­­­developmental biology, genetics and/ or confocal microscopy is desired. A willingness to work in a small, interactive team, as well as independently, are preferred.

To apply: Please contact me by email at In addition, please apply via the CSHL careers website at: Position ID 03324-R.
Candidates from non-traditional and/or underrepresented backgrounds, broadly defined, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Compensation and Benefits
We offer a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary. Visit our CSHL Benefits & Postdoctoral Landing sites to learn more.

You are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition to your employment at the Laboratory. You will be required to provide proof of your vaccination on your first day of employment. For those individuals, who are unable to receive a vaccine due to access issues, they will be expected to receive the vaccine upon arrival in New York.
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