A postdoctoral associate in Department of Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University in the laboratory of Dr. Stacy Bonos is available immediately as a component of USDA funded projects in the areas of turfgrass and switchgrass breeding for disease resistance. Funding is available for three years.
Research Overview: Breeding for disease resistance is a major focus of the Rutgers turfgrass and switchgrass breeding programs. It is expected that the postdoctoral research associate will conduct research to study the genetics of host plant resistance to diseases in low-maintenance turfgrass and switchgrass through molecular and classical techniques. The successful applicant will be responsible for screening germplasm in the field, including traveling to various sites in the northeast where switchgrass trials have previously been established. The successful applicant will also be responsible for the development of SNP based linkage maps, QTL analysis, transcriptome analysis and phenotypic evaluation of biparental mapping populations (RxS) for disease resistance.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Start date is immediately. Initial contract will be for one year, with an additional 2 years possible contingent upon performance and funding availability. In addition to applying online through the ROCS system of Rutgers University, please send cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a brief description of research interests, career goals and three reference letters to Dr. Stacy Bonos (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Minimum Education and Experience:
The successful candidate should have a PhD in plant breeding, plant pathology or related field. Experience with next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and field experience in a plant breeding program required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: A strong publication record, excellent verbal communication skills and a high quality research output must be demonstrated. Abilities to work in a team as well as to complete a project without constant supervision will be essential. Experience with grasses is preferred.
Posting Number: 19FA1662
Location: Cook (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 92754
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