North American Plant Phenotyping Network


A postdoctoral position is available starting spring 2021 in Irwin Goldman’s Lab in the Department of Horticulture, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), University of Wisconsin –Madison. The project is a collaboration with the University of Georgia and led by Dr. Esther van der Knaap, focusing on the genetic control of root shape. The recently discovered OFP-TRM-SUN regulon has emerged as an important paradigm in the variation in shape of produce ranging from fruits to grains. Proteins from these families are associated with microtubules that are thought to affect cell division leading to altered organ shapes. We plan to extend the regulon to carrot and table beet and investigate whether these genes are responsible for the large variation present in root shape. We also plan to determine whether other members of the OFP, TRM, SUN family influence shape traits. These studies should lead to insights into the regulation of organogenesis in plants and provide opportunities for vegetable crop improvement.

The Goldman lab focuses on vegetable breeding and genetics; in particular carrot, onion, and table beet. Our lab is involved in a range of activities including breeding for flavor and other consumer-focused quality traits, cultivar development, selection for improved disease resistance, and mapping genes for traits important to the crops we study.

Position Details: Competitive salary will be provided based on qualifications. The position is initially for one year, with potential to extend to two or more years based on performance, funding, and need.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with strong research and publication records, experience with plant breeding, and knowledge of image processing techniques and modelling skills. Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team and willingness to participate in agricultural field work is required.

Application Instructions: The following application materials should be emailed to Irwin Goldman ( with the email subject of “Postdoc Position Application”. Please include the following materials in one pdf file:

1)         Cover letter describing general research and career interests
2)         CV
3)         A representative published manuscript from your previous work
4)         List of 3 professional references with contact information

Materials are due by February 8, 2021.

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