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Job ID 25976
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

Conduct research to understand the genetic basis of drought, flooding and salt tolerance in soybean and develop improved genetic resources for breeding.

Candidate responsibilities include evaluation, identification and characterization of soybean lines with desirable traits related to drought, flooding and salt tolerance. Perform genetic and genomic analyses to find out the genetic control of abiotic stress tolerance and adaptation. Molecular tools will be used to identify quantitative trait loci
(QTL) and genes controlling the traits of interest and to develop marker-assisted selection. Finally, newly developed soybean lines need to be evaluated for production potential and stress resilience in replicated multi-location yield trials. The candidate should demonstrate an ability to analyze and interpret genetic and genomic data, prepare manuscripts, supervise students and other members on the team, help project investigator in report preparation, grant proposal writing, and coordinate and collaborate research activities among people engaged in this area within and outside of the University.


The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in genetics, plant breeding or related field with research experience in soybean genetics and genomics. The candidate should also have a strong background in genetic mapping, map-based gene cloning and marker-assisted selection. A strong background to manage and interpret a large amount of data generated from molecular and phenotypic studies are desirable. The candidate should have ability to maintain a good work relationship with other research fellows working in a large research group. The candidate will assist principal investigator in writing reports and grant proposals.

Important criteria to screen and evaluate an applicant are at least 5 years of experience in crop genetics, molecular mapping, gene function analysis, and marker-assisted selection. In addition, the applicant is expected to have lab and research management experience. Excellent communication skills, potential for collaborative research, ability to work independently and cooperatively, advising students on the research team, and writing skills for grant proposals and journal articles are also required.

Application Deadline

Committee will review applications and rank based on the above criteria. Candidate screening will begin April 1st, 2018, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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MU Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is committed to cultural diversity. The broad range of life experiences, values, cultural practices and perspectives in our community establishes an institutional foundation for innovative learning and discovery. It further expands the university's ability to become a globally-recognized epicenter for education, research and entrepreneurship. It is expected that the successful candidate will share this commitment.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Application Materials

Complete the brief online application. Be prepared to upload: 1) a cover letter addressing the candidate's experience and qualifications pertinent to the responsibilities of the position; 2) a resume; 3) a statement of advising and recruitment philosophy; and 4) the contact information for three references.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Human Resource Services at (573) 882-7976 or [email protected] Questions regarding the position should be directed to Bruce Barrett, DPS Director of Undergraduate Programs (Search Committee Chair) at (573) 882-3446 or [email protected]





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Posted: 3/22/2018
Application Due: 5/21/2018
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