Program Associate Vegetable Breeding and Genetics

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Posting Number NCA218P

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Working Title Program Associate Vegetable Breeding and Genetics

Position Number 16793

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 Program Associate to work in the laboratory of Dr. Ainong Shi to conduct plant breeding and genetics in vegetable crops focused on spinach and cowpea, and also do research on vegetable soybean and green bean.
This job duties of the Program Associate include seed packaging, planting, harvesting, seed processing, breeding nursery maintenance and test plot management, data collection and analysis, greenhouse and seed lab management. The incumbent will help to coordinate all the field, greenhouse, and laboratory activities; supervisor part-time employees and graduate students; participate in grant proposal writing; program development; preparing research reports and professional presentations/publications. In additions, the Associate will participate the 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 and 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 B.S. degree in plant breeding/genetics or related field, plus three years of related experience OR a M.S. degree in plant breeding/genetics or related field. Excellent knowledge and experience in QTL and association mapping, plant breeding and genetics are required.

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? Yes

If yes, please specify Pesticide applicators license

Preferred Qualifications

A M.S. or Ph.D. degree in plant breeding/genetics or related. Experience in field breeding and familiarity with molecular breeding in crops are desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

A strong and proven record of scientific accomplishment by peer-reviewed publications is a good asset for this position. 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 [email protected].

Physical Conditions The employee is subject to outside environmental conditions. No effective protection from the weather., The employee is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside., The employee is subject to extreme heat. Temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour. Consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions, such as wind and humidity., The employee is subject to noise. There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level., The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or vehicles, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to chemicals, biological, radiological or hazardous materials., The employee is subject to atmospheric conditions. One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.

Work Schedule Monday thru Friday 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 Fayertteville Ag Experiment Station - Horticulture Building 307

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commenusrate with experience.

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? Yes

Does this position require a background check? Yes

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 12/10/2018

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 01/01/2019

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Dr. Ainong Shi
Department of Horticulture
316 Plant Sciences Bldg.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
[email protected]

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. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
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      Posted: 11/27/2018
      Application Due: 12/11/2018
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