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October 28, 2014 November 30, 2014 Assistant Professor in Stress Biology Ames, IA USA
October 14, 2014 Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position in Soybean Abiotic Stress Genetics and Genomics Columbia, Missouri, USA
October 6, 2014 December 31, 2014 Assistant/Associate Professor in Crop Functional Genomics Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
September 21, 2014 Postdoctoral fellow in Quantitative Genetics Lincoln, NE, USA
August 22, 2014 September 15, 2014 Postdoctoral fellow in epigenetics, genetics, plant molecular biology West Lafayette, ID, USA
August 5, 2014 September 15, 2014 Postdoctoral position in Functional Genomics of Maize Biofuel Traits University of Wisconsin, Madison
April 7, 2014 Post-doctoral position in maize genetics at the University of Milan Milan, Italy

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Assistant Professor in Stress Biology

Location: Ames, IA USA

Area of Study: PhD in Life Sciences or related field

Degree Required: Doctorate

Apply by: November 30, 2014


Responsibilities: The Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology (GDCB) Department seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level who will investigate the cellular networks that mediate responses to stresses in animals, plants or microbes. The successful candidate will establish a vibrant, externally funded research program, work collaboratively with faculty, complementing existing research strengths at ISU, and skillfully contribute to undergraduate and graduate education, including teaching courses in their area(s) of expertise.

Other requirements include: Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in the life sciences or a related field and demonstrated potential to develop a successful research program. Please visit and search for posting number 400059 to view the entire vacancy and apply electronically. For full consideration, applications must be received by November 30, 2014.

Contact Jeff Essner at [email protected] for more information.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position in Soybean Abiotic Stress Genetics and Genomics

Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA

Area of Study: Genetics, plant biology, or a related discipline

Degree Required: Doctorate


The primary responsibility of this person is to conduct abiotic stress QTL mapping and map-based cloning, develop functional markers, and perform genomics-assisted selection to combine QTLs/genes for soybean plant tolerance to drought and flooding. The successful candidate will utilize modern whole genome approaches and techniques for QTL mapping and characterization. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in genetics, plant biology, or a related discipline. Experience in next generation sequencing, genome data mining, SNP marker development, and application to a breeding program is essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work well in a collaborative research environment are essential.

Other requirements include: Applicants should provide a letter of interest, a complete CV, and three reference letters. Please include the following in the subject line: "PD Application for Abiotic Stress Genetics and Genomics" and send the above requested information to:

Dr. Henry Nguyen ([email protected])
Professor of Genetics, Division of Plant Sciences
Director, National Center for Soybean Biotechnology
1-31 Agriculture Building, University of Missouri,
Columbia, MO 65211. Tel: (573) 882-5494. Lab website:

Assistant/Associate Professor in Crop Functional Genomics

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Area of Study: Plant breeding, plant genetics, genomics, or biotechnology

Degree Required: Doctorate

Deadline: December 31, 2014


Colorado State University's Department of Soil and Crop Sciences seeks a tenure-track, 9-mth., Assistant/Associate Professor in the field of Crop Functional Genomics. The successful candidate will demonstrate capacity to integrate modern whole-genome approaches and techniques to further gene discovery and characterization for agronomic, pest resistance, and crop utilization objectives. The intended focus is in wheat, although other opportunity areas/crops exist. Required qualifications: PhD or equivalent by hire date; degree emphasis in a relevant field such as plant breeding, plant genetics, genomics, or biotechnology; experience conducting field and/or lab-based studies that incorporate functional genomics approaches relevant to agronomic or horticultural crops. Read full job description and how to apply online for full consideration by 12/31/14: or CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and con! ducts background checks on all final candidates.

Contact Scott Haley at [email protected] for more information.

Postdoctoral fellow in Quantitative Genetics

Location: Lincoln, NE, USA

Area of Study: Quantitative Genetics

Degree Required: Doctorate


The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska - Lincoln invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in the area of quantitative genetics and plant breeding. This is a 12-month, 100% research, non-tenure leading position established for a period of one year. Continuation of the position beyond one year is dependent upon satisfactory performance. Funding for this position is from a University of Nebraska endowment and will be available on November 1, 2014.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting studies on the optimization and deployment of genomic selection and others uses of DNA marker information for winter wheat breeding. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone desiring to step into this cutting-edge area of plant breeding research and help manage and shape an applied breeding program.

Research activities will largely consist of developing and utilizing quantitative genetics theory; data collection and analysis; and computer simulations to help answer design and modeling questions surrounding genomic selection. In addition, the incumbent will help with wheat breeding program management, field research, and graduate student mentoring in the area of genomic selection.

Required qualifications include: (1) Ph.D. in plant breeding, quantitative/statistical/population genetics, or a related discipline; (2) knowledge in quantitative, population, or statistical genetics; (3) knowledge of programming in a statistical software package such as SAS or R; (4) demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals; (5) excellent written and verbal communication skills.

To apply, in pdf format, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, college transcripts, and names and contact information of three references to Dr. Stephen Baenziger, Professor and Nebraska Wheat Growers Presidential Chair ([email protected]) and Dr. Aaron Lorenz, Assistant Professor ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Contact Aaron Lorenz at [email protected] for more information.

Postdoctoral fellow

Location: West Lafayette, ID, USA

Area of Study: epigenetics, genetics, plant molecular biology

Degree Required: Doctorate

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within the last five years. Training in standard molecular biology protocols is essential. An appreciation of the power and utility of classical genetics is important, as well as a willingness to perform maize field genetics. Experience with bisulfite sequencing, chromatin-immunoprecipitation, high throughput sequencing and analysis is preferred as well. Must be flexible, have collaborative style yet able to work with minimal supervision. The applicant is expected to have a strong work ethic, proven organizational and communication skills with keen observational and critical thinking abilities.

Apply by September 15, 2014 for full consideration, contact Damon Lisch at [email protected] for more information.

Postdoctoral position

Location: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Area of Study: Functional Genomics of Maize Biofuel Traits

Degree Required: Doctorate

A post-doctoral position is available to study natural variation in maize to characterize genes and pathways underlying stover composition and productivity. Panels of diverse lines and structured mapping populations will be used to identify candidate genes relevant to biofuel production in grasses. Candidate genes will be validated and functionally characterized using genetic, transgenic, and biochemical approaches. Opportunities for research in maize include, but are not limited to, analysis of developmental and morphological traits affecting non-grain biomass yield, metabolic pathways controlling recalcitrance, abiotic stress traits in the context of current and alternative sustainable production systems, and novel approaches to increase biomass density and value. The candidate will participate in projects ranging from genetic and molecular genetic characterization of genes and pathways to development of statistical approaches to integrate and analyze da! ta from a large complex mapping population. Specific goals will be determined based on the candidates' interests, expertise, and long-term goals.

Ideal candidates will be highly motivated to publish, able to lead an independent research project, have documented ability to successfully complete research publications, and clearly describe skills that they have to offer and skills that they would like to acquire during their tenure as a post-doctoral researcher. Expertise in maize genetics or similar and documented ability to coordinate collaborative research is highly desirable. Experience with analysis and manipulation of very large data sets and/or data mining including programming capabilities in programs such as R, SAS, and/or PERL is desirable.

Apply by September 15, 2014 for full consideration, but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. To apply send a letter of application, a full curriculum vita, and names of three letters of reference to Shawn Kaeppler ([email protected]) and Natalia de Leon ([email protected]).

Location: University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Degree Required: Doctorate

Information: The proposal is made in the frame of the international CERES scheme FLORIMAIZE (Role of florigen proteins in maize developmental reprogramming under drought stress Project FC ID 2013-1889; AF ID 1301-006) jointly funded by Agropolis Fondation and Fondazione Cariplo.

FLORIMAIZE is a collaboration between groups in Milan (Italy), Montpellier (France) and Machakos (Kenya). The goal of this project is to clarify the role of florigen genes in the genetic variability of growth maintenance and flowering time in maize under physiological and water stress conditions. The successful post-doc will combine high throughput phenotyping approaches with transcript analysis to identify flowering QTLs and Florigen eQTLs in a panel of maize lines grown under different watering scenarios.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Milan, Department of Biosciences. She/He holds a PhD and a publication record in genetics or related fields. Previous experiences in quantitative and molecular genetics as well as plant physiology are highly desirable. Excellent knowledge of the English language (spoken and written) and ability to work in a team and independently is mandatory.

Appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of 34 months. The position is aimed at being full-time and net monthly salary will be between 1800 to 2200 Euros, depending on qualifications and seniority. Appointment will begin between September and October 2014. This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Contacts and enquires

Lucio Conti [email protected]
Chiara Tonelli [email protected]

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