Postdoctoral Research Scholar - Crop and Soil Sciences

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Position Type:

Post Doc



Department ID:

110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences


110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences

Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties:

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the cotton breeding and genetics program at North Carolina State University which is supported by Cotton Incorporated. The primary responsibilities of this position are to conduct genome wide association studies (GWAS) and genomic prediction for important agronomic traits and developing nested association mapping (NAM) populations in cotton. As a part of this project, the candidate is expected to participate and help coordinate a multi-institutional effort on phenotypic characterization, genotyping-using GBS, resequencing, and array based SNPs of the mapping and diversity panels and statistical genetic analysis towards dissecting the genetic architecture of agronomic traits in cotton. The candidate is expected to participate in ongoing trait mapping and breeding projects with the goal to improve cotton productivity.

This position is initially for one year but could be extended based on the satisfactory research progress and the continued availability of funds.

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences encompasses diverse disciplines in research extension and teaching. The department’s mission is to develop future leaders in crop, soil and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, devise effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings; and disseminate crop, soil, and environmental science knowledge for the benefit of users and producers of food, feed turf, biofuels and fiber in North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will also be expected to mentor and manage student researchers in all settings of the cotton breeding program (lab, greenhouse, seed processing and field based). The position will be expected to effectively manage the plant growth in the greenhouses and in the field, and seed processing, storage and organization. The position will also be expected to cooperatively work with a diverse group of cotton scientists in collecting and analyzing data and communicating the research results to peer reviewed manuscripts.

The position may have to drive state vehicles such as cars and small trucks and vans to the different field stations.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

Department Required Skills:

  • PhD in genetics, plant breeding, or plant biology or related field.
  • Computer literate.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well independently an in a collaborative research environment are essential.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

  • Experience in field breeding including experimental design, planting, sample and data collection.
  • Experience with phenotypic and genotypic data analysis.
  • Experience with statistical analyses using SAS and R software programs in plant breeding.

Required License or Certification:

  • Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.

Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Open Date:


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If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/12/2021
Application Due: 5/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time