Assistant/Associate/Professor - Small Grains Breeder and Geneticist

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Assistant/Associate/Professor - Small Grains Breeder and Geneticist


Agronomy & Horticulture-0827

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Description of Work:

The Small Grains Breeder and Geneticist holds an academic-year appointment as Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in the Agronomy and Horticulture Department in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). The incumbent develops and releases genetically improved cultivars or hybrids of winter wheat, barley, and triticale adapted to the small grains growing regions of Nebraska and the surrounding High Plains.

The incumbent is expected to maintain a high impact, nationally and internationally recognized, externally supported research and teaching program contributing as an effective scholar and citizen to the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of the Agronomy and Horticulture Department and IANR, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy. With development of cutting edge genetic and breeding tools and methodologies, research conducted by the incumbent contributes to a multidisciplinary team of agronomists, entomologists, pathologists, statisticians, food scientists, and related fields to develop and release genetically improved small grain varieties that improve the food system from farm to table. The incumbent forms and maintains partnerships with the public and private seed industries, growers, millers, bakers, brewers, animal producers, international centers, and consumers. Contributions to the teaching mission are expected to average 0.25 FTE, including teaching upper-level undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in plant breeding and applied genetics using innovative methods for resident and online/distance instruction, as well as recruiting, advising, and mentoring. Specific course assignments may change according to program needs.

In the area of work covered by the position the incumbent is expected to seek and establish effective disciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations including integration with local stakeholders, complementary research groups, extension teams, educational programs, and other partners. The incumbent is expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university levels.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

•Ph.D. in place by date of hire in Plant Breeding, Plant Genetics, or a closely related field.
•Documented research experience in Plant Breeding, Plant Genetics, or related field.
•Experience working in cultivar improvement/development.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Post-Doctoral experience, in either academia or industry.
•Demonstrated research experience in Plant Breeding, Plant Genomics, and/or Statistical Genetics.
•Demonstrated teaching experience in Plant Breeding, Plant Genomics, and/or Statistical Genetics.
•Experience in breeding or genetics of cereal crops.
•Evidence of a strong publication record.
•Evidence of successful grant acquisition.
•Evidence of strong communication skills.
•Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams.
•Evidence of performing leadership roles.

How to Apply:

Click “apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following:
1) A cover letter that describes your qualifications for the job and your anticipated contributions.
2) Your curriculum vitae.
3) Statements that describe your philosophy and approach to research and teaching (2 page maximum for each).
4) A statement of your experience contributing to inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum).
5) A list of three references with contact information.

Please note: statements (numbers 3 and 4 above) need to be combined into one document and attached as “Other Document.”

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Kay McClure-Kelly
[email protected]

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Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

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9 Month

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Job No:
Posted: 4/29/2020
Application Due: 12/16/2020
Work Type: Full Time