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July 10th July 30th, 2020 Research Geneticist Columbia, MO, USA
July 1, 2020 Postdoctoral Positions in Crop Abiotic Stresses Lincoln, NE, USA

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Job Title: Research Geneticist

Date Posted: July 10th

Apply By: July 30th, 2020

Location: Columbia, MO, USA

Degree Required: Doctorate

Area of Study: Maize Genetics

Description: We are advertising for a USDA-ARS Research Geneticist position in Columbia, MO to work 100% on maize.

The job posting will be open for only two weeks, closing on July 30. Here is the application link: Note that US citizenship is required.

Other Requirements: The USDA, ARS, Plant Genetics Research Unit (PGRU) in Columbia, Missouri is seeking a Research Geneticist (Plants). A scientist is needed to conduct research to identify and characterize genes, both qualitative and quantitative, affecting maize productivity, develop molecular genetic resources for improving genetic analysis in maize, characterize and manipulate maize genetic resources through the application of gene editing and/or molecular, quantitative and statistical genetics and bioinformatics-based strategies, and increase scientific understanding of the physiological and genetic basis of traits important to maize productivity. The ideal candidate has gene editing experience and has published research related to identifying and characterizing genes affecting maize productivity such as drought tolerance, root architecture and growth, reproductive development, plant-pathogen interactions, insect resistance, and/or any of the many other traits that impact crop productivity and yield with long-term benefit to US growers.

Contact Bruce Hibbard at [email protected] for more information.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Positions in Crop Abiotic Stresses

Date Posted: July 1, 2020

Location: Lincoln, NE, USA

Degree Required: Doctorate

Area of Study: Genomics, Genetics, Plant Physiology

Description: Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Abiotic Stress Tolerance at University of Nebraska Lincoln

Two Postdoctoral Scholar positions are available in the Walia Lab at University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms in cereals crops.

First position will focus on Crop Genetics and Genomics with emphasis on generating and utilizing image-based phenomics dataset for heat and drought tolerance in rice, wheat and maize. We are using cutting-edge, image-based phenomics approaches to screen for stress resilience and linking these traits to the genes/alleles. Skills in large-scale dataset, bioinformatics, image-analysis, GWAS approaches are desirable. This project presents opportunities to work in a collaborative environment with data scientists and biologists. University of Nebraska has state-of-the-art phenomics facilities that are being used for the high night temperature project.

Second position will focus on Molecular Responses to Abiotic Stresses in Crops. The goal of this project is to develop molecular understanding of interactions between developmental events and environmental stresses (heat and drought). Primary emphasis of this position is on Seed Development and Stress. Experience in gene editing, mutant analysis, plant transformation, seed biology, epigenetics and expression analysis are highly desirable.

More information about the research program is available at and

Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, or Plant Genetics, or a closely related field at the time of hiring. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of publications and strong interest in using genetic and functional genomics approaches. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Instructions: Interested candidate should apply by email to Dr. Harkamal Walia ([email protected]). The email should include the following: (1) CV, (2) publications, and (3) contact information for 3 references.

Extra: Contact Dr. Harkamal Walia ([email protected]) for more information.