Employment Opportunities

Posted 2023-08-24

Ph.D. position - Signatures of selection on roses from 19th and 20th centuries - Institute of Research in Horticulture and Seeds (IRHS) in Angers, France 

IRHS is a leading center for research and teaching in plant sciences in France. They are currently searching for a Ph.D. candidate to work in their Genetics of Ornamentals department. The study will be based on a large sample of roses including the genetic resources used in plant breeding. The first part will consist of searching for selection signatures in 20th and early 21st-century roses, using a pool-seq approach. Resequencing data has been produced for 4 pools defined by "type of use": cut flowers, garden plants, pot plants, and, for comparison, botanical roses.

Read the full job description with instructions to apply here.

Posted 2023-07-26

Research Biologist - Computational Bioinformatics Research Associate - USDA ARS Sugarcane Production Research Unit - Canal Point, Florida

  • Appointment Type – Temporary (initially 13 months and possibly to an extent up to 4 years)
  • Work Schedule – Full Time
  • Salary and benefit - $73,639 starting with all federal benefits (i.e. health insurance, annual leave, sick leave, life insurance, 401K, retirement plans).
  • Telework eligible – Yes, determined by the agency policy

Major Duties and Responsibilities -

The incumbent will perform bioinformatics and statistical analysis in genetics, genomics, and molecular breeding research. Develop an extensible pipeline for NGS-based whole genome sequencing, and genotyping for highly polyploid and complex genome sugarcane using both DNA and RNA. Perform analysis related to genomic selection, QTL mapping, genome-wide association study (GWAS), and transcriptome analysis using the latest bioinformatics and statistical software. Lead implementation of the application of machine learning methodologies in plant phenotyping and genotyping for the sugarcane molecular biology lab. Provide technical support, guidance, and training in computational analysis using bioinformatics and statistical tools. Conduct phenotype trials related to sugarcane genetics and genomics. Help scientists conduct trials for CP sugarcane breeding genotype selection.

Additional duties

  • Actively participates in the modification of existing methods of analyses or the development of new techniques in order to improve accuracy and efficiency or to overcome difficulties in dealing with sugarcane molecular research problems. Modifies methods, if necessary, to solve problems or make improvements.
  • Searches scientific literature for principles, methods, and procedures and selects the most appropriate approach selected for the research goals determined by the lead scientist in molecular biology in the unit.
  • Maintains official laboratory and field notebooks, recording methods and procedures used, any procedural modifications, observations, data in the database, and results obtained from the CP program.
  • Participates in the preparation of data for scientific technical reports and manuscripts.
  • Writes periodic research reports including discussion on experimental design, field plot arrangement, data collection, principles, procedures, and results.
  • Organizes experimental progress in a form suitable for oral presentations or posters for scientific meetings. Makes oral presentations to stakeholder groups regarding the research in the absence of the supervisor.
  • Keeps abreast of current scientific advancement by reading literature, reviewing articles, and attending supervisor-approved meetings, workshops, and conferences.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required: Occasional travel - Local and domestic travel will be required for field work and to attend training and scientific meetings and conferences.

Promotion Potential – 12 grade

Who can apply - U.S. citizens, nationals, or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Conditions of Employment -

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
  • Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements must be met.

Education and Knowledge Required - A recent Ph.D. (within the last four years) in Biological Sciences, Genetics, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Chemistry, or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Knowledge and experience in multiple programming languages and platforms (eg Python, perl, C/C++, R, and SAS). Familiarity with NGS-based sequence analysis including cleaning, alignment, variant calling, and filtering is highly desirable. Working experience in R scripting, analytical pipeline development, and interpreting is desirable. Skills in GWAS, QTL, genomic selection, and transcriptome analysis are required. Research experience related to genetics, genomics, and molecular biology will be a plus.

How to Apply: Please email a CV, three references, and a cover letter to Dr. Md S. Islam (md.islam@usda.gov) as early as possible.

Posted 2023-04-25

Research Associate: Data Curation and Outreach Specialist - Clemson University

The Gasic Lab at Clemson University is hiring a Research Associate to assist in data curation and outreach in support of activities on a new SCRI project. The project will expand the rosaceae, citrus, vaccinium and pulse crop databases to meet community demand for resources with usable big data aggregated, analyzed, integrated, and visualized, as well as data management and analysis tools. Other duties as assigned.


40% - Essential - Curate genomic, genetic, and breeding data (check the necessary metadata, standardize the names, associate with ontologies, enter into data template, and upload to Rosaceae database).

20% - Essential - Provide scientists/breeders with personalized training for field data collection software, big data management and analysis, and use of database resources.

15% - Essential - Organize and manage large datasets, ensuring that they're properly annotated, and easily accessible to researchers; quantify impact of databases on genomics-assisted breeding.

15% - Essential - Create outreach and training materials; provide webinars and on-site training on how to use Rosaceae crop community database, the breeding information management system (BIMS), breeding data management tools; and be responsible for mass communications to database users.

10% - Essential - Help organize and participate in workshops at conferences. Participate in the preparation of scholarly publications.

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Posted 2023-03-16

Postdoctoral Researcher in Agrobiodiversity and Microbiome Research - Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (Barcelona, Spain)

The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics is looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher in agrobiodiversity and microbiome for their Rosaceae Genetics and Genomics group. The project aims to investigate the combined action of host and microbiome genetics under high and low-input management practices to boost the breeding of resilient apple varieties. This is a full-time position for two years. Click here to read the full job description and application instructions! 

Posted 2023-03-08

Postdoctoral Scholar - UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences

The Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis is currently searching for a postdoc to join the Beckles-Crisosto Postharvest Laboratory to work on peach and tomato chilling injury. The candidate will be responsible for the statistical and bioinformatics analysis of individual metabolomics and transcriptomics datasets, and their integration, to develop a global picture of processes related to peach fruit chilling injury quality. The salary and benefits will be provided according to UC Davis policy for the postdoctoral scholar. Salary is based on years of experience as a postdoctoral scientist with a minimum of $60,000 and eligible for full benefits. This two years position is eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship. Read the full job description and application instructions here! 

Posted 2023-02-21

Research Associate - Quantitative Genetics at Dummen Orange

Dümmen Orange is the world’s largest breeder and propagator of cut flowers, bulbs, tropical plants, pot plants, bedding plants, and perennials. They are looking for a research associate to join their research department in quantitative genetics. Basic responsibilities include: 

  • Design, improve and maintain algorithms and pipelines in data visualization, quantitative genetics, germplasm management, genomic prediction and marker-assisted breeding as well as contribute to the development of decision-support tools for breeding and research.
  • Initiate, manage and execute projects and significant workpackages focused on Quantitative Genetics.
  • Perform scouting activities for novel tools and technologies.
  • Curate and contribute to integration of genomic and phenotypic datasets.
  • Develop and implement quantitative genetic models to support breeding programs in a wide range of crops.
  • Support breeding with advice on breeding management and optimal breeding decisions.
  • Lead projects to implement novel tools and concepts in breeding programs.
  • Translate findings to optimal application of tools and information.
  • You will also bring quantitative genetics and statistical expertise to the team.
  • You are expected to collaborate closely with other research teams (mainly Computational Biology, Plant Physiology, Trait Discovery, and Phytopathology) and manage relationships with stakeholders such as Technology Application and Breeding.

Read the full description and apply today here!