Phytobacteriologist Postdoctoral Scholar

The Hockett lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to perform a primary role in conducting experiments to assess the roles of membrane-targeting antimicrobial persistence in plant pathogenic bacteria. Broadly, this work seeks to understand the physiology that underpins persistence to multiple membrane-targeting antimicrobial agents in a model bacterial plant pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae, as well as how persistence influences the lifestyle and fitness of this pathogen. Specific projects will include 1) evaluating the diversity of antimicrobial persistence phenotypes across the major phylogroups of Pseudomonas syringae, 2) empirically assessing how different levels of antimicrobial persistence influence the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, 3) determining how persister cells affect bacterial fitness within plant host environments, and 4) analyzing transcriptomic data arising from sorted persister cells. Additional projects may be developed in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI). The incumbent will also have roles in collaborating with other project members, synthesizing data, preparing scientific manuscripts, and presenting research results at local and national scientific conferences.



Contact Kevin Hockett ( for more information about this position.