The Forage Improvement Division of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on research projects to improve small grains forage (primarily rye and triticale) for cover crop production using genomics and molecular breeding tools. The primary activities include phenotypic and genotypic characterization of germplasm populations, marker development and QTL discovery for cover crop traits of interest. Research will be conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Xuefeng Ma.
Postdoctoral Fellow Job Description
This temporary position is funded through a grant from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research. Funding is anticipated to be renewed annually based upon performance and funding availability and is scheduled to end on or before February 28, 2022.
The successful applicant will be primarily responsible for the design and implementation of experiments in the lab, field and greenhouse to study primarily rye and triticale germplasm, research populations and breeding pedigrees. Other duties of the position will include, but are not limited to, diligent and timely design and implementation of genotyping and phenotyping activities, complete data analysis and interpretation, preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and participation in the Foundation’s professional development program.
Applicants should have a PhD in plant breeding, genetics, genomics or related area in addition to excellent written and verbal communication skills. The successful candidate should be self-motivated to work independently and also be a good team member. Experience with plant breeding, molecular breeding, genotyping-by-sequencing, high-throughput SNP genotyping, genome-wide association studies, and genomic selection is preferred. A strong background in statistics (SAS, R, etc.) packages, quantitative genetics and genomics software is also preferred.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Compensable based on experience