Job Postings of Interest to the Maize Community

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August 17th, 2020 December 1, 2020 Postdoctoral Position on the Maize Genetics of Nitrogen Fixation in Aerial Roots Madison, WI, USA
August 4th, 2020 December 1, 2020 Post-doc East Lansing, MI, USA
July 20th, 2020 August 19th, 2020 Assistant/Associate Professor of Grain Production University Park, PA, USA
July 10th, 2020 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: Postdoctoral Position on the Maize Genetics of Nitrogen Fixation in Aerial Roots

Date Posted: August 17th, 2020

Apply By: December 1, 2020

Location: Madison, WI, USA

Degree Required: Doctorate

Area of Study: Plant Genetics / Plant Breeding

Description: A postdoctoral position (up to four years) is available in the Ané lab in the departments of Bacteriology and Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The postdoctoral researcher will be part of an interdisciplinary team studying the plant genetic determinants controlling nitrogen fixation in maize aerial roots. The postdoctoral researcher co-mentored by Dr. Jean-Michel Ané and Dr. Claudia Calderon will characterize the plant genes controlling aerial root development, mucilage production, and nitrogen fixation in maize. The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in interdisciplinary collaborations nationally and internationally.

We believe that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation. We value the contributions of each individual and respect the profound ways in which their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricable goals. Our lab aims to make science more inclusive of people of all identities, and we strongly encourage people of color, and people of all genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply.

Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. less than 4 years ago.

Starting Salary: $47,476 with full benefits from the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Anticipated Start Date: January 1, 2021

Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Plant Genetics, Plant Breeding, or related fields is required. The successful candidate will have co-authored one or more peer-reviewed publications in reputable international journals in basic plant sciences and will be an expert in plant genetics and breeding. Candidates with experience in maize genetics and breeding are particularly encouraged to apply. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and the ability to work well in a collaborative environment are essential.

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter, a CV, and 3 references by email to Dr. Jean-Michel Ané ([email protected]). Please entitle your email Application for maize genetics position.

Extra: Contact Jean-Michel Ane at [email protected] for more information.

Job Title: Post-doc

Date Posted: August 4th, 2020

Apply By: December 1, 2020

Location: East Lansing, MI, USA

Degree Required: Doctorate

Area of Study: Cell Biology-Molecular Biology/Gene Regulation; Biochemistry or similar field of study

Description: Engineering Plant Cell Walls for Improved Biomass

A position for a Research Associate is available with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), in the Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University. The position will be located in the research laboratory of Dr. Federica Brandizzi, with a starting date of December 1, 2020. The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is a US Department of Energy (DOE)-funded Bioenergy Research Center led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with Michigan State University as a primary partner. We are developing sustainable biofuels and bioproducts made from dedicated energy crops grown on marginal lands. Our mission is simple: creating biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Research will focus on the biology of cell wall deposition in monocot model species and crops, using multidisciplinary approaches that include proteomics, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genomics, advanced live-cell imaging, and computational biology. We are interested in characterizing the mechanisms for cell wall biogenesis and differentiation during growth. The successful candidate will:
   - Obtain necessary input data for simulations and interpretation of modeling results for guiding and executing experimentation for hypothesis testing
   - Disseminate results through publications, reports and presentations at scientific meetings
   - Work with the Brandizzi team to set up relevant objectives and design experiments

Required Qualifications:
   - PhD in cell biology, molecular biology/gene regulation, or similar field;
   - Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals;
   - Strong background in statistics and uncertainty analysis.
   - Experience with bioinformatics workflows for large scale omics analyses is necessary.

Application Instructions: Apply online at

Extra: Contact Federica Brandizzi at [email protected] for more information.

Job Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Grain Production

Date Posted: July 20th, 2020

Apply By: August 19th, 2020

Location: University Park, PA, USA

Degree Required: Doctorate

Area of Study: Agronomy/Agroecosystems

Description: The Assistant/Associate Professor of Grain Production is a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Plant Science with 60% extension and 40% research responsibilities. The successful candidate will provide leadership for state- and nation-wide extension and research by developing a program that integrates a systems approach to sustainable grain crop production with the wide spectrum of rapidly emerging technologies.

The successful candidate will develop a strong nationally-recognized research program in grain production with extramural funds, train graduate students, and participate in both college and university level extension and research initiatives.

Possible research topics include: i) using high-fidelity spatial and temporal data for optimizing grain crop profitability, ii) developing cropping systems to improve crop resilience under abiotic and biotic stresses, and iii) supporting value-added and organic grain production systems, including improvement of crop nutritional or industrial quality.

The successful candidate will: i) lead the statewide Field and Forage Crops Extension Team, working with a multidisciplinary team of research scientists, extension specialists, and county-based educators, and ii) develop an innovative and highly visible extension program in grain crop management in the Mid-Atlantic Region that raises profitability and sustainability of the industry.

Agriculture in Pennsylvania and the Northeast region is diverse and close to large markets. Grain crops are integral to many farms as cash crops, livestock feed, and for value-added products. In addition to the multidisciplinary Extension Team, Interdisciplinary Institutes and facilities are available to our faculty such as the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Plant Institute, the Institutes for Energy and the Environment, and the Sustainability Institute, as well as Intercollege Graduate Programs in Ecology, Plant Biology, Bioinformatics and Genomics, and the USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Laboratory.

Required Qualifications: A PhD or equivalent in agronomy, agroecosystems or a related field that merges cutting edge technologies with agronomic applications, and a commitment to collaborate in multidisciplinary programs is required. The candidate must have strong written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to engage professionally with a diverse population from industry, grower associations, faculty, staff, and students from across the Commonwealth. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date.

Salary is competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Review of applications will begin on September 21, 2020. Candidates must provide a cover letter detailing applicant's qualifications, a curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, a statement describing their research interests and goals for this position and their pedagogical approach to extension, three representative publications, and a list of three to five individuals who could provide letters of reference. Interested applicants should apply on Penn State's online job website

Questions can be directed to: Dr. Heather Karsten at [email protected].

Job Title: Research Geneticist

Date Posted: July 10th, 2020

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.