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Newe Ya'ar Research Center - North ARO Campus


  1. FREILICH SHIRI e-mail Team:Tamar Lahav, Shlomit Medina
    Genomic approaches for studying microbial functions in soil
    In the group we apply and develop approaches for predicting microbial community functions based on meta/genomic data. The current position concerns the use of network approaches for finding environmental friendly solutions for soil borne diseases, based on the analyses of metagenomics data from healthy vs. symptomatic apple orchards following effective and non-effective soil amendment treatments.
    Education requirements
    PhD and above
    Scientific experience
    Experience with Systems biology and/or genomics and/or Bioninformatics
    Experience with genomic analysis, familiarity with Matlab/R perl/python, demonstrated writing skills
  2. DOR EVGENIA e-mail Team:Prof. Avracham Levi, Weizmann Institute
    Development of glyphosate-resistant tomato through precise genome editing
    We suggest modifying the endogenous plant EPSPS gene using CRISPR-CAS9 technology. Dual amino acid substitutions will be created at the endogenous EPSPS locus using precise gene editing (base substitution and or homologous recombination).
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in molecular biology
    Scientific experience
    Molecular biology
    Abilities to conduct genom transformation, to work with tissue culture. The ability to conduct a greenhouse experiments and to test the enzyme activity in the lab.
  3. IBDAH MWAFAK e-mail Team:Mwafaq Ibdah, Newe Yaar Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization. Ramat Yishay, IL-30095, ISRAEL. Natalia Doudareva, Professor Department of Biochemistry. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN 47907-2063, USA
    Elucidation of the Biochemical Pathway Leading to the Biosynthesis of Asarone and its Derivatives in Daucus carota
    The goal of proposed research is to elucidate the biosynthetic steps and molecular factors that determine the synthesis of asarone and its derivatives in plants, using carrot as a model system. We will use a combination of transcriptome mining with functional genomics and biochemical approaches to identify these pathways. This research will result not only in fundamental discoveries of key biochemical steps, enzymes, and genes involved in the biosynthesis of asarone and its derivatives in plants, but also help to uncover the molecular mechanisms underlying asarone variability in different carrot genotypes and cultivars. The proposed research also has a direct relevance to agriculture. As asarone compounds can contribute to plant defense, this natural defense arsenal can be utilized to increase carrot protection against yellows disease in an environmentally friendly manner and ultimately the yield of a crop. Moreover, this study will provide molecular and genetic foundation for breeding
    Education requirements
    PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular biology
    Scientific experience
    Isolate, analyze and conduct diverse experiments with proteins,and DNA . Write technical experimentation reports to clearly describe the method used to research and the results obtained and conduct extensive data analyses on the results to ensure the highest degree of accuracy.
    PhD degree in Biochemistry Experience with bioinformatics molecular biology, biochemistry, cloning, expression Fluency with the use of advanced laboratory technology, such as GC-MS, LC-MS
  4. POSMANIK ROY e-mail Team:Yael Dubowski (Technion), Jeff Tester (Cornell University)
    Hydrothermal treatment of used plastic waste in agriculture
    Large amounts of plastics are used in agricultural systems and only a small portion of it is being recycled. The situation become more problematic when the used plastic is contaminated with pesticide residues. This research aims to test the hydrothermal treatment as a novel conversion technology of plastic into bio-crude oil and co-products (solids, aqueous and gases). We will use our experimental data to build a life cycle assessment with technoeconomic analysis (LCA–TEA) model to compare the proposed treatment with existing scenarios.
    Education requirements
    PhD in environmental engineering/ chemical engineering/ environmental sciences/ chemistry
    Scientific experience
    Experience in basic and/or applied science, experimental (lab/ field) and/or environmental modeling.
    Organic chemistry, spectroscopic and/or chromatographic skills, data analyses and statistics. The candidate is expected to manage a multidisciplinary research project, analyze and summarize the results and collaborate with other research scientists.
  5. POSMANIK ROY e-mail Team:Ellen Graber, Yigal Elad
    Sustainable energy and bio-based chemicals from hydrothermal processing of wet biowaste
    Hydrothermal processing is an attractive process to generate energy and bio-based chemicals from wet biowaste. This project will experimentally explore the capacity of the technology to valorize waste streams from the food industry. The goal of this project is to design an integrated valorization system, based on circular economy approach by: a) identifying the optimum conditions that maximize the energy recovery from food processing waste streams; b) characterizing valuable compounds in hydrothermal by-products and test them in agriculture applications. Collaboration among researchers from organic chemistry, environmental engineering and plant protection will enable a multidisciplinary evaluation that may exploit the capacity of hydrothermal technology and its future implementation in food production and agricultural systems.
    Education requirements
    PhD in environmental engineering/ environmental science/ chemistry/ food science/ agriculture
    Scientific experience
    Experience in basic and/or applied science, experimental (lab/ field) and/or environmental modeling
    Analytical chemistry, spectroscopic and/or chromatographic skills, data analyses and statistics. The candidate is expected to manage a multidisciplinary research project, analyze and summarize the results and collaborate with other research scientists.
  6. YAEL LAOR e-mail Team:Dr. Yael Laor
    Process control, air emissions, sanitary and agronomic aspects of composting processes
    We invite an applicant to participate both in lab-scale and full-scale composting projects. Our team is now developing a full-scale composting site for the newly established "Model Farm for Sustainable Agriculture" in Newe Ya'ar. We are developing a protocol for composting in closed polyethylene sleeves with forced aeration. Odor treatment of air emissions is one of the main challenges associated with this project. Lab-scale experiments are to be conducted using a unique composting computerized simulator. These lab-scale experiments are to address multiple questions related to the science and practice of composting of different waste materials (mainly livestock manure and carcasses and crop vegetative wastes)
    Education requirements
    Environmental Science/Engineering Agricultural Sciences/Engineering Soil Science Agronomy
    Scientific experience
    Waste management and biological degradation processes. Specific experience in composting studies.
    Extensive Lab and field experience related to experiment set-ups and chemical and biological analyses. Very Good English level (reading, writing, speaking) Well organized in managing large data files and capable of running statistical analyses.
  7. DUDAI NATIV e-mail Team:Itay Gonda
    The physiology and gentic basis of anthocinanine biosynthesis and accumulation in Ocimum basilicum L.
    The research focus on genetic regulation of anthocyanine accumulation in red genotypes of basil. We have a collection of red basils that display variable levels and patterns of anthocyanines. We have also noticed that environmental conditions affected dramatically on anthocyanines accumulation. The target of the research is to understand the mechanisms that contribute to the observed variation.
    Education requirements
    PhD in plant science
    Scientific experience
    Mulecular biology,
    Mulecular biology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry
  8. GONDA ITAY e-mail Team:Nativ Dudai
    Genetic regulation and biosynthesis elucidation of simple and complex phenylpropanoids volatiles in various aromatic plants and plant families
    The aim of the research is to elucidate the biosynthetic pathways of various phenylpropanoids as well as the factors that control them. 1. Plants of various families accumulate the same phenylpropanoids but in different organs and cell types. We have found similar phenylpropanoids chemotypes in basil (Lamiaceae) and in tarragon (Asteraceae). We want to understand the genetic basis and evolutionary mechanisms for these chemotypes. 2. Different species of the apiaceae family accumulate different phenylpropanoids (e.g. estragole, apiol) in different organs (e.g. roots, leaves). We want to find out what are parameters which dictate these differences and if they carry a genetic basis.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in plant science
    Scientific experience
    Molecular biology, plant biochemistry
    High motivation, conducting an independent and dedicated research, good English, will to learn new methods
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