Employment Opportunities

Posted 2022-08-15

Assistant/Associate Professor of Potato Breeding and Genetics

The School of Food & Agriculture at the University of Maine seeks an innovative Assistant or Associate Professor of Potato Breeding and Genetics. This 75% research, 25% teaching, academic-year, tenure-track position will be located at the Orono campus. The potato breeder will lead the University’s potato breeding, genetics, and variety development program. The program effectively combines classical plant breeding and modern molecular genetics approaches to help meet pest management, production, and marketing needs of the Maine and North American potato industries through developing and releasing improved new potato germplasm and varieties. The successful candidate is expected to conduct multidisciplinary research with scientists, staff, and collaborators focused on potato cultivar development for improved pest, stress, and disease resistance as well as value-added traits such as nutritive value. Additional collaborations with industry leaders, growers, and organizations such as the Maine Potato Board and Maine Department of Agriculture will support the cultivation of a vigorous, extramurally funded research program that provides educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, advances the field of potato breeding and genetics, and will lead to improved new potato varieties and germplasm for the Maine and North American potato industries. Teaching responsibilities may include genetic principles for sustainable food crop production and/or adaptation to climate change; applied plant breeding; an advanced graduate-level class in quantitative genetics and/or genomic tools for plant improvement; or a graduate-level applied statistics class. The successful candidate will be expected to advise graduate students, mentor undergraduate student research projects, and contribute to appropriate graduate degree programs in the biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences. Read the full job description and apply using here: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=77318&job=assistant-or-associate-professor-of-potato-breeding-and-genetics 

Posted 2022-07-22

Post-doctoral Fellow

The Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota is looking to fill a post-doc position with the potential for a tenure faculty position. Applicants can research any aspect of horticultural sciences. Research areas could include plant breeding, quantitative and population genetics, metabolomics, biochemistry, computational biology, germplasm collection, organic and landscape horticulture, and community-engaged research focusing on horticultural plants. The applicant will spend 1-2 years conducting research and service that furthers the development of their career skills or allows them opportunities to learn new research techniques. Applicants will be trained by and work in conjunction with a faculty mentor who determines the training agenda before potentially moving to an independent faculty position. Download the full job description and instructions for how to apply here or visit this link! https://horticulture.umn.edu/ppfp-position 

Posted 2022-05-13

Post-doctoral research scientist

Dr. Iorizzo's lab at NCSU is looking for a highly motivated post-doc that will focus on understanding the molecular mechanism involved in the regulation and biosynthesis of secondary metabolite accumulation in plants including anthocyanin, carotenoids, and organic acids. The ultimate goal is to identify genes and candidate mutations controlling secondary metabolites accumulation that can be targeted for DNA-assisted breeding either through marker-assisted breeding or gene-editing techniques. The candidate must have a strong motivation and proficiency in publications. The position will work as part of a laboratory team, will interact closely with collaborating laboratories, and must be able to coordinate activities and reports within a diverse team of individuals. The position will be responsible for writing publications, preparing presentations, preparing technical reports, and contributing to grant proposal development to support research funding initiatives. The position will assist/participate in PHHI and University-sponsored programs. The position will also assist in the training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Crops of interest in this project will include blueberry and carrot. Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/162415

Posted 2022-01-15

Assistant Professor - Blueberry Breeder

The Department of Horticulture (www.hort.uga.edu), The University of Georgia, is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor of Horticulture with responsibilities in Blueberry breeding. The position is a nine-month tenure track position with an 80% Research and 20% Extension appointment. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a research and extension program that will use traditional and modern plant breeding techniques to address high-priority problems/issues in blueberry breeding; provide training, resource materials, and technical assistance to county extension agents; procure extramural funding; publish research findings, and regularly participate in other scholarly and departmental activities including participation in and support of graduate education. The candidate will be expected to have national recognition for their efforts and interact effectively with growers, industry leaders, government agencies, grower organizations, as well as other disciplines, and develop regional cooperation when feasible.  The position will be located at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, Tifton, Georgia. Frequent automobile travel to a variety of sites, including many rural locations, is expected of the position. https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/237448 

Posted 2021-10-14

Computational Biologist Postdoc position

The USDA, ARS, United States Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Research Biologist, Computational). The incumbent will develop data pipeline(s)/machine learning algorithms for high-throughput plant phenotyping and image analyses to facilitate the quantification of plant tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses in sweetpotato, pepper, and watermelon.

U.S. Citizenship is required. For further information and complete application instructions, go to the USAJobs Web site: https://www.usajobs.gov/ and refer to announcement number RA-19-KMT-H-10880605. ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR April 12, 2021.