Post Doctoral Associate - Spinach Breeding and Genetics

Fayetteville, AR
Sep 12, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NCA149P

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Working Title Post Doctoral Associate - Spinach Breeding and Genetics

Position Number 16357

Department Horticulture

About the University

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

The Department of Horticulture at University of Arkansas seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work in the laboratory of Dr. Ainong Shi to conduct research on the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service for a multi-state project to evaluate and develop disease resistance to downy mildew, white rust and Fusarium wilt and identify SNP markers associated with the three diseases in spinach. This project is a partnership between the Arkansas Agriculture Department, the University of Arkansas Division Of Agriculture, and the USDA Agricultural Research Station in Salinas, California. The collaborating laboratories are Dr. Jim Correll at the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas and Dr. Beiquan Mou at Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Salinas, CA. The post doctoral associate will work on spinach breeding and genetics with focused on spinach downy mildew resistance breeding and molecular breeding, identify QTLs resistance to downy mildew, and breeding new spinach cultivars with QTLs of downy mildew resistance.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

A Ph.D. degree in plant breeding/genetics or related. Excellent knowledge and experience in QTL and association mapping, plant breeding and genetics are required. A strong and proven record of scientific accomplishment by peer-reviewed publications is a must for this position.

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in field breeding and familiarity with molecular breeding in crops are desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Applicants should be highly motivated, able to perform independent research with minimal supervision in an interdisciplinary environment.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division's Office of Affirmative Action at

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule 40 hours/week Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus-Plant Sciences Bldg.

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate with experience.

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? Yes

Does this position require a background check? Yes

If yes, please specify

Criminal background check

Does this position require a substance abuse test? Yes

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 09/25/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 10/02/2017

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments) 09/30/2020

Recruitment Contact Information

Dr. Ainong Shi
c/o Ms. Cindy Kuhns
Department of Horticulture
316 Plant Sciences Bldg.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479.575.2679

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

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    Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    3. Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)
    4. Letter(s) of Recommendation (3)
    Optional Documents
    1. Unofficial/Official Transcript(s) cont.