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August 31, 2018 September 18, 2018 Web Developer and IT-Specialist Ames, IA, USA
August 8, 2018 October 1, 2018 Assistant Professor of Animal or Plant Physiology Urbana-Champain, IL, USA
November 14, 2017 January 1, 2018 Associate Professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics Fort Collins, CO
August 1, 2017 Postdoctoral Research Associate Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
June 1, 2017 Research Scientist, CIMMYT / HAU Collaboration Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
May 8, 2017 Assistant Professor of Practice, Biotechnology University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

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Job Title: Web Developer and IT-Specialist

Date Posted: August 31, 2018

Apply By: September 18, 2018

Location: Ames, IA, USA

Department: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Midwest Area

Description: The position is located in the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, Midwest Area, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Ames, Iowa. The primary purpose of the position is to serve as the Web Database Developer for MaizeGDB (the next generation database of maize genome information) and implement webpages and services integrated with a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) on varied platforms (Linux and Windows operating systems), including the network connectivity to the data.

Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

- Implementing new interfaces, maintaining current interfaces, and upgrading existing interfaces
- Assisting in maintaining hardware, software, cloud services, virtual machines, and web servers for a high-availability website
- Administering relational databases throughout different iterations (production, development, and various other copies) and serving as backup database administrator
- Ensuring optimization of performance and database security
- Interacting with user groups and integrating suggestions from user feedback into a relational database

Required Qualifications: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and may use their education or specialized work experience to qualify for this position. View the announcement at for details on qualifying for a particular GS-level.

Application Instructions: Apply online at by September 18, 2018.

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Animal or Plant Physiology

Date Posted: August 8, 2018

Apply By: October 1, 2018

Location: Urbana-Champain, IL, USA

Department: Departments of Animal Biology, Entomology, or Plant Biology

Degree Required: Doctorate

Area of Study: Plant or animal physiology that will interface with ecology, evolutionary biology, development, behavior, and/or molecular genetics.

Description: The School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an outstanding scientist with a background and experience in plant or animal physiology for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2019. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biology or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will join one or more of the departments within the School (Departments of Animal Biology, Entomology, or Plant Biology) and develop an externally funded research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, and collaborate with other faculty. Applicants will be evaluated on their record and promise of excellence in research and teaching.

The ideal candidate’s research on physiology will interface with ecology, evolutionary biology, development, behavior, and/or molecular genetics. Incorporation of a field component in the research will be especially valued.

Urbana-Champaign, located 120 miles south of Chicago, offers a variety of cultural opportunities that showcase the area's diverse ethnic population, superb public and private schools, quality public transportation, and a rapidly expanding community of high-tech businesses.

Required Qualifications: Experience in plant or animal physiology

Application Instructions: To ensure full consideration please create your candidate profile through and upload your application materials: application letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research and plans, teaching philosophy, and contact information for three or more professional references by the closing date of October 1, 2018. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. For further information contact: Physiology Search Committee; or 217 333-3488. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

Extra: The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

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 9-month contract.

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 phenotypic selection.

Opportunities exist for collaborations with plant breeders and geneticists from CSU, local private-industry groups, and the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation.

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.

Required Qualifications:
• A Ph.D. in field related to the study of plant breeding and genetics (completed by application deadline).
• 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 research information.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
• Evidence of clear potential or previous success in obtaining competitive research grant funding.
• 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 activities.

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 (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 ( for questions about the position or Soil and Crop Sciences Office Manager Jeannie Roberts ( for questions about the search process

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

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

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 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 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:

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.

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Job Announcement Number: F20950