Job Title: Associate Professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics
Date Posted: November 14, 2017
Apply By: January 1, 2018
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Department: Soil and Crop Sciences
Degree Required: Doctorate
Area of Study: Plant Breeding and Genetics
Description: The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) invites
applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor faculty position in plant breeding
and genetics. This position is a 60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service appointment on a
We seek applications from dynamic and motivated scientists who have expertise in plant
germplasm evaluation, enhancement, and utilization. Candidates are sought with demonstrated
capacity to integrate next-generation technologies and large datasets with classical field- and
laboratory-based plant improvement approaches in their research program. The successful
applicant will be expected to build a nationally and internationally recognized research program
that integrates modern and conventional methods to make genetic discoveries and improve
germplasm for established or potential new crops in Colorado and the surrounding region.
Potential research topics include, but are not limited to, genetic resources characterization and
evaluation, pre-breeding, genetics of disease and insect resistance, crop quality traits, health
promoting properties, and the integration of advanced breeding and genetic technologies with
Opportunities exist for collaborations with plant breeders and geneticists from CSU, local
private-industry groups, and the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resource
The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate level course in principles of genetics one
semester each year and develop a graduate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise.
Graduate student training and participation with undergraduate advising and recruiting are
expected. Contributions toward outreach and service activities (e.g., interactions with commodity
groups; presentations to the K-12 community; service to professional societies) are also required.
• A Ph.D. in field related to the study of plant breeding and genetics (completed by
• Experience in plant germplasm enhancement or genetic resources evaluation.
• Experience with genomic technologies (including high-throughput DNA markers and
large datasets) relevant to crop breeding and genetics.
• A strong record of scholarly achievement commensurate with experience.
• Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating
• Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and
• Evidence of clear potential or previous success in obtaining competitive research grant
• Post-doctoral (or equivalent) research experience.
• Evidence of capacity for successful collaboration and potential to manage
multidisciplinary research and education projects.
• Desire and ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, stakeholders, and
Application Instructions: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration
applications should be submitted by January 1 2018. The anticipated starting date for the position
is August 13 2018, but is negotiable.
Interested individuals must submit the following application materials on-line at
http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/50923: (1) a cover letter addressing required and preferred
qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research background and interests (two
pages maximum); (4) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy (two pages maximum);
(5) PDF copies of up to three relevant publications; and (6) a list of three professional references
whom we may contact at a future date. References will not be contacted without prior
notification to a candidate. Interested candidates may contact the Search Committee Chair Scott
Haley (email@example.com) for questions about the position or Soil and Crop Sciences
Office Manager Jeannie Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions about the search
Extra: The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at CSU is home to a distinguished group of
internationally recognized faculty focused on research, teaching, and outreach in agricultural and
environmental sciences. The department possesses notable strengths in environmental
biogeochemistry, climate-smart agroecosystems, crop genetics, plant/soil microbiome research,
and sustainability metrics, and seeks to bolster these thematic areas. Information regarding the
department, programs and degrees can be viewed at http://soilcrop.agsci.colostate.edu/.
As a land grant University and as nationally recognized innovators, we are committed to the
foundational principles of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that our institutional success
depends on how well we welcome, value, and affirm all members of the community and how we
represent diverse perspectives in our teaching, research, and service throughout all disciplines.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living
community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates
being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to,
criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is situated on nearly 5,000 acres of
land, including the main campus, a foothills campus, the Agricultural Research Development &
Education Center, and a mountain campus. Colorado State University research and Cooperative
Extension faculty also conduct programs at several off-campus research centers throughout the
state. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU
students, faculty and staff. Read more about the university and community at the CSU
Undergraduate Admissions Page at http://admissions.colostate.edu.
Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Date Posted: August 1, 2017
Location: Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Degree Required: Doctorate
Area of Study: Maize molecular genetics and physiology
Description: A postdoctoral research associate position is available to work in the area of maize molecular genetics and physiology in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University. The position will be focused dissecting genetic architecture of key physiological traits in maize using a combination of genomic, transcriptomic, and molecular genetics approaches. Specifically, we are interested in understanding the molecular detriments of source-sink communication and ensuing CHO partitioning, and role of such cross-talk in senescence. Responsibilities will include independent research in the generation and analysis of phenotypic and next generation sequencing data, dissection of complex trait architecture using appropriate genomic approaches, functional validation of candidate genes, and communication of results in peer-reviewed journals, conferences presentations, and project reports. Candidates with experience in gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 in maize or other grasses would be preferred. Clemson University has excellent group of faculty with diverse expertise and the candidate will have ample opportunities to collaborate with experts in informatics, metabolomics, population/quantitative genetics, and comparative genomics. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art high performance computing resource. The candidate will be eligible (and encouraged) to write federal grants for advancement of his/her career.
Pay & work schedule: Standard hours: 37.5. Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience and the position comes with comprehensive benefits. This position is funded for two years and contingent to performance review and availability of funds after each year.
Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in molecular genetics, plant physiology, plant genomics or related discipline. Strong and proven expertise in molecular genetics and plant physiology is a must. Expertise in gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 and plant transformation of grasses will be preferred. Quantitative genetics with programming skills for statistical analyses (R/SAS), Unix environment, and next generation sequence data analysis with relevant programming skills (Perl/Python) is a plus. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required. Demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals is a must.
Preferred Qualifications: A record of publication in the field of plant molecular genetics and/or genomics. Knowledge of plant physiology and metabolism. Experience with the manipulation and analysis of large data sets derived from next-gen sequencing and phenotyping.
Application Instructions: Send a letter of interest in the position, C.V., and contact information for three references to Rajan Sekhon at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Job Title: Research Scientist, CIMMYT / HAU Collaboration
Date Posted: June 1, 2017
Location: Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
Degree Required: Doctorate
Area of Study: maize genomics, molecular markers, breeding informatics
Description: Our client is looking for a reputed, results-oriented scientist at his or her mid-career, with appropriate technical and personal skills to lead a scientific research group focusing on strategic and applied genomics research and with strong applications in global maize breeding efforts. The successful candidate will integrate world-class maize genomics into CIMMYT’s ongoing efforts to increase the rates of genetic gain in global breeding programs, targeting low-and-middle income countries for greater impact on food and nutrition security and adaptation to the changing climates. The position will oversee a team of junior scientists and graduate students, based at the Henan Agricultural University in China, to undertake high-quality research in the areas of maize genomics, molecular breeding, and breeding informatics. The position will be linked with the breeding networks of CIMMYT and Henan Agricultural University and will provide strategic directions on maize and wheat breeding program re-design to most cost-effectively utilize innovations in the areas of genomics and breeding informatics. The position will define priority research areas in coordination with CIMMYT’s Global Maize and Genetic Resources Programs and Henan Agricultural University. The position is based at Zhengzhou, Henan province (China).
Responsibilities include: Undertake high-quality research on maize genomics, and use CIMMYT’s extensive maize genotypic and phenotypic data to implement strategies to effectively discover, validate and deploy breeder-ready markers and genomic tools for germplasm enhancement, especially for traits relevant for corn farmers. Utilize CIMMYT maize breeding data to simulate and critically assess strategies based on cost and logistics constraints of maize breeding programs, and recommend germplasm use and breeding program re-design strategies to optimize genetic gain through the application of genomic information. Effectively develop and implement optimal data management pipelines and user-interface tools to enable routine utilization of genomic prediction for multiple traits within CIMMYT’s global maize breeding programs. Liaise with CIMMYT Biometrics and Statistics Unit and Information Technology Unit to integrate relevant statistical methods into user-friendly breeding decision support tools. Throughout all, to rigorously document and publish research findings in high impact journals and contribute to the dissemination of results.
Required Qualifications: PhD in genetics, plant breeding or a related field with a minimum 7 years of post-PhD experience. A substantial publication record relevant to the application of genomic information within applied breeding programs is required.
Extra: Contact Dave Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Job Title: Assistant Professor of Practice, Biotechnology
Date Posted: May 8, 2017
Location: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Degree Required: Doctorate
Area of Study: Biotechnology
Description: The University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences seeks to hire an Assistant Professor of Practice to strengthen undergraduate education in biotechnology. As a scientific discipline, biotechnology is continually evolving with the advent of new technologies that support the health and longevity of earth’s growing population and the successful applicant will have expertise in recent scientific advances.
As a Land Grant University, The University of Arizona is committed to training students for 21st century jobs and enhancing opportunities in Arizona. The School of Plant Sciences, which has a record of excellence in cutting edge plant and microbial biology, will train a generation of leaders prepared to enhance agricultural productivity, improve human and environmental health, and develop innovative solutions that expedite progress in these areas. We seek candidates who will enhance undergraduate education in biotechnology, and who recognize the opportunity to leverage faculty research excellence, provide skilled instruction, and facilitate practical laboratory training in an array of biotechnology applications.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
The University of Arizona has been recognized on Forbes 2015 list of America’s Best Employers in the United States and has been awarded the 2016 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by World@Work! For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here: http://whyua.arizona.edu/
Required Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in biotechnology, molecular biology, or a related field, have experience teaching in a college or university classroom, and be able to demonstrate understanding of the current technological and regulatory environment.
Application Instructions: Apply for the job in this website: https://uacareers.com/postings/18198
Job Announcement Number: F20950