Post-Doctoral Research Associate-Small Grains Breeding and Genetics

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate-Small Grains Breeding and Genetics


Agronomy & Horticulture-0827

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The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the area of quantitative genetics and plant breeding with a particular emphasis on hybrid wheat research and development. This is a 12-month, 100% research, non-tenure leading position established for a one-year provisional period with annual renewal for 2 or more years. Continuation of the position beyond one year is dependent upon satisfactory performance.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting studies on the optimization and deployment of statistical tools and uses of DNA marker information for small grains breeding with a particular emphasis on advancing research on heterosis, yield gain, hybrid purity, and genetic control of male and female traits in hybrid wheat. Research activities will largely consist of identifying and characterizing useful germplasm; deciphering the genetic architecture of hybrid-related traits; developing and utilizing quantitative genetics theory; data collection and analysis; and computer simulations to help answer design and modeling questions surrounding plant breeding. In addition, the incumbent will assist with small grains breeding program management, field research, and graduate student mentoring in the area of applied plant breeding.

As appropriate to the appointment, the incumbent will: develop a high-impact, nationally and internationally recognized research program in plant breeding; seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with research groups, extension action teams, and/or educational programming; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen research programming and its impact; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research activities; mentor graduate students; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and translate research-based information into learner-centered products. This includes creating scholarly, innovative, and high impact learning programs and tools; identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance; measuring the impact of your programs and communicating results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media; and mentoring colleagues through professional development, translational research, grants, and professional writing.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be 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 level.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.

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 plant breeding, quantitative/statistical/population genetics, or a related discipline.
Advanced knowledge of quantitative, population, and statistical genetics
Experience with programming in statistical software such as R or SAS and bioinformatics packages
Demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work with diverse and interdisciplinary teams

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in hybrid wheat breeding and development.
Experience with project management and experimental design.
Ability to develop and write grant proposals.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and your experience contributing to inclusive environments; 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references (or arrange to have reference letters sent to [email protected]).

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Kay McClure-Kelly
[email protected]

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Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 9/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time