Post Doctoral Associate - Spinach Breeding and Genetics
Posting Number NCA149P
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/22388
Working Title Post Doctoral Associate - Spinach Breeding and Genetics
Position Number 16357
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.
About the College/Department
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com.
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
Special Instructions Summary
Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.
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
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)
- Letter(s) of Recommendation (3)
- Unofficial/Official Transcript(s) cont.