Careers in the Plant Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellow

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Application Review Begins: Sunday, February 25, 2024
Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Institution: The University of Tennessee
Department/Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Field (e.g., systematics): physiology, hydraulics, evolution, anatomy, development
City: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
General Information: The Suissa lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking a highly motivated and integrative postdoctoral research fellow to join the lab ( This is a full-time position focused on exploring seed-free plant hydraulics through space and time. The successful candidate will lead a research team exploring the structure, function, and evolution of vascular architecture in seed-free plants. The candidate will use physiological methods to determine drought tolerance and anatomical and histological methods to explore structure and development across seed-freed vascular plants. Candidates are expected to work collaboratively, leading a team of students to answer their questions. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to grant writing and outreach activities. There will be ample opportunities for mentoring and connecting with members of the EEB community.

Position details:
• Salary: $65,000, plus benefits
• Start date: May 2024.
• Funding is available for an initial 1 year with possibility of extension.
• Location: In-person The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Knoxville, TN.
• Benefits: Healthcare, 401k benefit plants
• Opportunities for outreach and science communication
Qualifications/Requirements: • PhD in plant physiology, ecophysiology, anatomy, botany, evolutionary biology, or a related field.
• Strong background in plant physiology, hydraulics, and anatomy, with experience in microscopy and histology.
• Experience with estimating vulnerability to drought induced embolism (preferred using the optical vulnerability method).
• Preferred experience with a LI-COR 6400/6800.
• Preferred experience with microCT.
• Proficient in statistical analyses and data visualization, using R programming or a related language.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
Responsibilities: • Conducting research on seed-free plant hydraulics.
• Collecting and analyzing data on drought stress and anatomical traits.
• Collecting and analyzing data on vascular anatomy and structure.
• Writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
• Presenting research findings at national and international conferences.
• Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): How to apply:
To apply, please send your CV, a 1-page cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, and the contact information of three references to Jacob Suissa ( Any questions about the position should be directed to Jacob Suissa. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration. The Suissa Lab values intellectual curiosity, continuous learning, and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging. We particularly encourage applications from candidates who share these values and members of groups underrepresented in the sciences, and from students completing their first or second undergraduate years.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is the flagship university in the Tennessee state higher education system. Knoxville is a diverse medium-sized city in the Tennessee Valley with a relatively low cost of living. The area is rich in natural beauty (mountains, lakes, rivers). It is a great place to botanize and interact with nature.
Web Link: http://
Compensation Range: 65k
Contact Name: Jacob S. Suissa,