North Dakota State University
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$30,000 - $49,999
The Department of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University, has available a postdoctoral research scientist position to participate in a collaborative project to develop adapted durum and hard red spring wheat germplasm with improved Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance. The research mainly focuses on the improvement of utility of alien species-derived FHB resistance genes through chromosome engineering in conjunction with molecular approaches. The selected candidate will be responsible for the development and characterization of large populations of ph1b-induced homoeologous recombinants and selection of recombinants with reduced alien DNA segments via disease testing, molecular markers, and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). The researcher will also develop and validate the molecular markers tightly linked to the resistance genes for marker-assisted selection. The researcher will be expected to interpret and analyze the data and apply the results to practical plant breeding. This position is available for one year with subsequent years contingent upon funding and performance.
Required Applicant Documents:
1) A letter of application discussing how the stated qualifications are met
2) A detailed curriculum vitae
3) List of publications
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please provide names and addresses, including phone and email address, of three CURRENT references from most recent positions held. Incomplete files and email applications alone will not be considered
Screening will begin 7/8/20
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.
Ph.D. degree in plant genetics/cytogenetics or a closely related discipline.
Strong cytological research skills on meiosis/mitosis.
Hands-on experience in a wide range of molecular and cytogenetic techniques, including chromosome preparation, FISH, GISH, molecular marker (SNP, SSR, CAP, and STS) development, and haploid production.
Ability to initiate and accomplish research goals including publication of results in refereed scientific journals.
Ability to work independently and as a team member.
Effective oral and written communication skills
Prior experience and expertise in greenhouse and field evaluation of FHB and other fungal diseases of wheat
A good record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.