College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding (

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Crop Sciences
Assistant Professor
Plant Breeding (Small Grains)

We seek an outstanding scientist who will advance food security through genetic improvement of small grain crops. This position will lead a nationally recognized research program that develops new cultivars and germplasm of wheat, oats and possibly other small grains with enhanced qualities for nutrition, health, or novel sources of natural ingredients. The successful candidate will have a strong record of original research in plant breeding and other relevant disciplines such as biochemistry, plant pathology, genomics, quantitative genetics or plant biotechnology. Preference will be given to candidates using innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to breeding improved crop varieties, such as genome editing. The selected candidate will also possess demonstrated interest and experience in student education and training, and will teach courses in plant breeding or other topics important to Crop Sciences undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

A Ph.D. in plant or crop sciences, plant breeding, or related disciplines is required. Post-doctoral experience demonstrating leadership of independent or team-based research is desired. The successful applicant must also demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communications skills, ability to collaborate, and a willingness to engage with industry stakeholders and the public.

The Department of Crop Sciences and College of Consumer, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers world-class laboratory, greenhouse, and field research facilities. This position builds upon novel germplasm developed by our vibrant breeding program for soft red winter wheats and oats grown throughout the central United States, and offers excellent resources to support further genetic improvements. The successful candidate will also join a collaborative ecosystem of life and data sciences research at the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Plant Breeding Center, where our internationally-recognized faculty partner with the private sector to enhance education and training opportunities for plant breeders.

This is a 9-month, 100% time academic, tenure-track position with opportunity for summer appointment.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. The position is available as soon as possible after the closing date.

Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, statements of research, teaching, and outreach goals, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 professional references. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be requested at a later date. The closing date is May 11, 2018 or when a suitable candidate is identified. Interviews may be conducted prior to the closing date, but all applications received by the close date will receive full consideration. For further information regarding the application procedures, you may contact Linda Kemplin, [email protected]. For additional information, you may also contact: Dr. Stephen Moose, Search Committee Chair, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1201 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, Illinois 61801. Telephone: (217) 244-6308, e-mail: [email protected] .

All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

More information on the Department of Crop Sciences is available at

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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

College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES
Category: Faculty and Other Academic
Title: College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding (Small Grains) - Department of Crop Sciences (F1800016)
Open Date: 03/02/2018
Close Date: 05/11/2018
Organization Name: Crop Sciences





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Posted: 3/3/2018
Application Due: 5/2/2018
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