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Post-Doctoral Associate - Switchgrass and Turfgrass Disease Management

The University of Georgia
Griffin Area

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Post-Doctoral Associate - Switchgrass and Turfgrass Disease Management


CAES-Plant Pathology

About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Monday-Friday; 8-5 pm

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Griffin Area

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (


Field/Greenhouse work.

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Data analysis and Bioinformatic work.

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Post-Doctoral Associate AD





Position Summary:

The applicant will participate in switchgrass and turfgrass disease management by breeding for disease resistance and exploring for biocontrol agents. The applicant will work on identifying sources of disease resistance, carrying out functional analysis of gene expression, developing collections of plant pathogens and mycoparasites, studying pathogen population structure, and investigating parasite-pathogen-plant interactions. The candidate will work in collaboration with plant breeders, molecular biologist, plant pathologists and extension faculty. The candidate will help in drafting papers and grant proposals.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

Ph.D in Plant Pathology or other relevant field.

Preferred qualifications that give the candidate an advantage include (1) experience with rust diseases in grasses, (2) experience with Genotyping-by-Sequencing and RNAseq library preparation, (3) experience in parasite-pathogen interactions, (4) experience with Claviceps pathogens, and (5) experience with pathogen population genetic analysis.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :

Experiences with field disease phenotyping, QTL mapping, GWAS analysis, bioinformatics, interest and experience in collaborative research, background in pathogen population genetics, plant breeding, molecular genetics, genomics or other relevant background.

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Field and greenhouse work. Driving.

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For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name:

Bochra bahri

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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