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Job no: 99731-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Grant, Research, Contract Management, Instructional, Plant Sciences, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Department of Genetics in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison invites applications for two tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in Genetics. One position is in the area of plant genetics and the other is open more broadly to model-organism genetics. The Department seeks scientists who study the genetic and molecular basis of fundamental aspects of inheritance or its phenotypic manifestations at the molecular, cellular and/or organismal levels. These new faculty positions are part of a larger expansion of the Department of Genetics and the college to understand basic biological systems and discover applications of this knowledge in agriculture and human health.

This position is in Plant Genetics (PVL # 99731). We seek a plant geneticist to complement our current strengths in plant science both in the Department of Genetics and at UW-Madison. Applicants working with model plants or crop species with strong potential for basic discoveries in genetics are encouraged to apply.

A second position is in Genetics (PVL # 99730). We seek a geneticist investigating the molecular mechanisms that underlie basic biological processes. Applicants working on model systems such as C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, mouse or other eukaryotic or non-eukaryotic models are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Genetics and the Department of Medical Genetics comprise the Laboratory of Genetics, which offers a stimulating, intellectually diverse and collegial environment with research programs in model organism genetics and genomics, human genetics, evolutionary genetics, plant genetics and other areas of genetics. The Laboratory of Genetics excels at discovering fundamental biological mechanisms through interdisciplinary approaches made possible by a vibrant culture of collaboration. The Laboratory directs an NIH Graduate Training Grant in Genetics that has received continuous funding for 45 years. The University of Wisconsin - Madison is renowned for its strength in the life sciences and allied fields. Madison offers an exceptional quality of life in a beautiful landscape. Downtown and campus are bordered by lakes, and the city features thriving arts, music, and culinary communities. Madison routinely appears on a variety of lists of the most livable cities.

Principal Duties:

The successful applicant will develop a vibrant, independent, extramurally funded research program in genetics. Other responsibilities will include teaching courses in genetics and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

The position carries a commitment to the three functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach/service, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Ph.D. in Genetics, or related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- Two years of postdoctoral experience preferred
- Experience in plant genetics genetics required (includes experience gained as a student)
- Demonstrated excellence in research

Additional Information:

The Department of Genetics seeks candidates who embrace diversity in the broadest sense. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. UW-Madison is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. The UW- Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and essential components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion are strongly encouraged.



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Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

JANUARY 01, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Applications should be submitted through to https://jobs.wisc.edu by October 15, 2019 to ensure consideration, though review will continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should click on the "Apply Now" button (PVL# 99731) and upload the following five items: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) 3-page statement of research interests (3 pages), (4) statement of teaching interests (1 page) and (5) statement describing past efforts and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (up to 1 page). Contact information for three references will be requested at the time of application and references will be contacted to submit a letter of recommendation.

Candidates with research interests in Genetics: We also seek a geneticist investigating the molecular mechanisms that underlie basic biological processes. Applicants working on model systems such as C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, mouse or other eukaryotic or non-eukaryotic models are encouraged to apply for the second position (PVL # 99730).

Questions about both positions can be directed to Patrick Masson (608-265-2312; [email protected])


Patrick Masson
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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://oed.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Sep 5 2019 Central Daylight Time
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Posted: 9/6/2019
Application Due: 12/8/2020
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