Postdoctoral Position in Plant Biology

Columbia, South Carolina
March 02 2019
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Postdoctoral Position in Plant Biology

University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA

A postdoc position is available in the group of Dr. Zhengqing Fu at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. The area is molecular plant-pathogen interactions with a focus on salicylic acid signaling. Previous work identified the first mono-ADP-ribosyltransferase called HopU1 in plants or plant pathogens (Fu et al., 2007 Nature 447: 284). HopU1, as a type III effector from the plant bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae, targets RNA-binding proteins to suppress plant defense. It was reported that NPR3 and NPR4 function as the salicylic acid receptors in plants (Fu et al., 2012 Nature 486: 228).

The research projects focus on two topics: how plants activate salicylic acid-mediated immunity  against pathogen infection (Chang et al., 2019 Molecular Plant doi: and how plant pathogens modify salicylic acid pathway to cause diseases (Qi et al., 2018 Molecular Plant 11: 1427). Recently, we discovered that salicylic acid promotes the interaction between NPR1 and the P. syringae type III effector AvrPtoB. AvrPtoB mediates the degradation of NPR1 via the 26S proteasome dependent on its E3 ligase activity to subvert plant immunity (Chen et al., 2017 Cell Host & Microbe 22: 777). We are seeking to recruit a creative and motivated person to fill this position. The incumbent is expected to develop innovative approaches to address fundamental questions in salicylic acid signaling and/or molecular plant-pathogen interactions.

We are part of an interactive plant group of internationally recognized faculty. Columbia is located in the Midlands of South Carolina only two to three hours away from the Appalachian Mountains and the beautiful Atlantic coast line. The position is available for up to three years, depending on performance.


A PhD degree in Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Biochemistry or a closely related field. A solid publication record, strong oral and written communication skills, and excellent molecular biology techniques.

How to apply:                                                     

Please send a description of current and past research experience, research interests and future goals, a list of technical expertise, a CV, and e-mail addresses and phone numbers of at least two references to Zhengqing Fu at

Please check the Fu lab website at for more details. A complete list of publications can be found at Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.