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PFI, scaling a new adaptive peak for cotton
Scholars at all levels with their own funds (or seeking to secure such funds) to undertake a training/study period in our lab should contact Dr. Paterson by email with the details of what their sponsor expects them to accomplish, what would need to be provided by our lab, and in what time frame it is needed. We generally discourage durations of less than a year, and strongly discourage durations of less than 6 months.

Periodically we have openings in the following areas, as new grants start or existing personnel move on. The specific professional/technical jobs that are available at any one time are posted on the UGA website. Regarding postdocs, your best chance is to send inquiries including the requested information to Dr. Paterson well in advance (for example 6-12 months) of the date that you are looking to start.

professional / technical:

Assistant Research Scientist
Brief Description: Project management and advanced technical work in genomics and/or bioinformatics focusing on high throughput generation and annotation of DNA sequence data.
Requirements: PhD in life sciences with experience in informatics, or PhD in bioinformatics related field with wet-lab experience; min. 2 yrs postdoctoral experience with strong record of productivity via publication or programming; strong interpersonal/team skills; eligible to hold US grants (i.e., citizen or permanent resident).
To apply: Email cv including contact data for professional references to paterson@uga.edu, or respond to postings at UGA Human Resources website.

Research Coordinator
Brief Description: Advanced technical work in genomics and bioinformatics.
Requirements: MS in life sciences with experience in informatics; or BS with relevant experience, strong record of productivity via publication; strong interpersonal/team skills.
To apply: Email cv including contact data for professional references to paterson@uga.edu, or respond to postings at UGA Human Resources website.

Research Tech III / Lab Tech II:
Brief Description: Professional and technical work in performing research in molecular genetics and genome analysis in plants.
Requirements: B.S. in molecular genetics-related field, familiarity with basic molecular genetics methods, interpersonal skills consistent with ability to productively supervise personnel; organized team player. Will involve radiation use -- willingness to obtain certification (if not already) is required.
To apply: Email cv including contact data for professional references to paterson@uga.edu, or respond to postings at UGA Human Resources website.


Brief Description: Advanced technical work in genomics and bioinformatics with goals of characterization of the organization, function and evolution of the genomes of major crop plants and selected botanical models, participating in initiatives on sorghum, rice, sugarcane, maize, cotton, Brassica, and other crops (as funding is available). Research areas typically include comparative, functional and/or evolutionary genomics.
Requirements: Ph.D. with excellent publication record and strong credentials in modern molecular genetics/genomics or bioinformatics.
To apply: Submit cv, selected reprints, and telephone numbers plus email addresses of at least 3 professional references to paterson@uga.edu.

graduate students:

Dr. Paterson mentors graduate students under three Departments, specifically Crop and Soil Science, Plant Biology, and Genetics. Contact Dr. Paterson first with cv and academic information for an indication of availability. You will subsequently need to formally apply to the UGA Graduate School for admission into one of those Departments.

undergraduate students:

We regularly employ undergraduate students in a wide range of tasks -- providing you the opportunity to work your way up the ladder in learning about lab research, and helping us to get work done. The starting salary is presently $7.00 per hour, and we typically increase it once per year for those who stay with us. We expect a minimum of 20 hrs/week during the summer (with a maximum of 39.5 hrs allowed by law), and 10 hrs/week during the semester.
To apply: Email your resume (minimally including year and major at UGA, relevant coursework, any prior work experience, and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references) to paterson@uga.edu. Applications lacking this information will not be considered.


11-4-2013: PGML, has received a USAID grant to fund a international effort to develop the sustainable intensification of sorghum.

6-19-2012: Tomato sequencing project sheds light on the plant's origins. [more]

11-12-2009: PGML contributes to middle school science. [more]

8-5-2009: PGML awarded grant for biofuel crop improvement. [more]

6-8-2009: Prof. Paterson quoted about grapevine genome. [more]

1-29-2009:  PGML leads sequencing and analysis of the sorghum genome. [more]

8-23-2006:  PGML leads international consortium to sequence cotton genome. [more]

5-16-2005:  PGML leads international consortium to sequence sorghum genome. [more]

PGML to participate in sequencing the maize genome. [more]

2-28-2004:  Research has uncovered sex chromosomes, rare in plants, in papayas, according to a study that appears in the January 22 issue of Nature. [more]

6-25-2003:  Updated BACMan databases of comparative BAC hybridization data are now on line! [more]

4-29-2003: UGA geneticist Andrew Paterson has found that blocks of genes in plants have duplicated themselves over time, showing redundancy as a factor in evolution.  A study published in the journal Nature is reported in Astrobiology magazine. [more]

3-27-2003: PGML reveals that entire genomes of flowering plants duplicated 80 and 200 million years ago. [more]

7-15-2002: National Science Foundation awards grant to UGA's Genes for Georgia. [more]

5-3-2002: PGML finding greatly reduces sequencing costs, could revolutionize genetic research. [more]

3-21-2002: Integrated genetic and physical maps of the maize genome. [more]

12-18-2001:  Study paves way to water-efficient cotton. [more]

11-26-2001: Peanut molecular map completed. [more]

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