Information about Genome Research in Panicum virgatum


Summer Research Program for undergraduates interested in Switchgrass biology

We are seeking undergraduate applicants for the The University of Texas at Austin Switchgrass Summer Research Program. This program is an opportunityfor undergraduate students to participate in mentored independent research on the biology of switchgrass. The program is funded through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and is associated with our ongoing interdisciplinary work on the ecology, physiology, and genomic responses of switchgrass to future climate change.

Summer students will be immersed in research and learn basic and applied biology through active participation. Working as part of our research team, they will contribute to group research projects, design short research projects, and present their work in an end-of-summer student symposium.

Placements are available in research groups headed by the following UT Faculty:

Who Should Apply?
Each REU position is supported for ten weeks, with a stipend of $4,500. The program runs from the first week in June until the first week of August 2013. Students will be housed in a UT dormitory, and the costs of the dormitory and meal plan are included in the program. Some funds will be available to help defray the cost of traveling to Austin.

The application deadline is February 15, 2013. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing experience, interests and future career plans, along with a copy of their transcripts. Applicants should also ensure that two letters of recommendation are submitted on their behalf. Only applications that are complete will be considered. If acknowledgement of receipt is required, please request this in the application. Applications and requests for further information should be directed to:

Dr. Tom Juenger
Mail: 1 University Station CO930, Austin 78712

Postdoctoral position: Growth architecture and tillering in perennial grasses

A postdoctoral position is available in the Juenger lab at the University of Texas at Austin to participate in a DOE funded project focused on grass developmental genetics ( The goal of the project is to better understand the growth of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and ultimately provide avenues for improving biomass yield, stress tolerance, and tissue characteristics for use as a bioenergy crop. The project involves evaluation of natural variation in growth architecture, QTL mapping, transcriptome studies of buds and tillers, and examination of candidate genes involved in tillering and regrowth in response to the environment. The research will center on key genotypes and mapping resources of agronomic switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and a diploid relative, Hall’s panicgrass, (Panicum hallii). The candidate will lead molecular genetics and transcriptome studies of tillering under harvest and nutrient manipulations. In addition, the candidate will have opportunities for involvement in QTL mapping studies of natural variation in tillering and the development of genomic resources for Panicum hallii. Experience with grass transformation, tissue culture, transcriptomics, microscopy, and developmental characterization of growth are preferred but not required.

Available as early as January 1 2013: One year subject to renewal for up to three years of support.

Please send CV and names and contact information for three references to: Tom Juenger,