The Land Institute (TLI), together with Kansas State University, is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Researcher working in collaboration with Dr. Jesse Poland and Dr. Jared Crain to lead genomics approaches to accelerate improvement of intermediate wheatgrass (IWG, Thinopyrum intermedium). Collaborative research is ongoing between TLI, K-State, Univ. of Minnesota, and USDA-ARS at Logan, Utah. This position will involve developing tools and approaches that will be shared across diverse regional breeding programs. Collaborators are based in diverse locations, and the successful candidate will be able to work remotely if desired.
Responsibilities and Duties
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to independently design and implement complex genomics research experiments and corresponding analysis leading to characterization of molecular diversity in the IWG breeding germplasm, application of high-throughput genomics, and whole-genome imputation. The position will require synthesis of the current state-of-the-art in the discipline, comprehensive understanding of appropriate experimental design, and subsequent analysis and bioinformatics applications. Research results must be assessed and analyzed in a cohesive and coherent manner for the project team and presented to stakeholders and external collaborators.
The Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to lead preparation and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts that present research findings from the project. The Researcher will also work closely with other members of the regional breeding teams to implement research results leading to successful development of improved germplasm in breeding programs. The successful candidate will help create an environment that fosters collegiality, diversity and teamwork.
The Land Institute offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Timeframe: Up to three years, beginning September 2021.
About the Organization
The Land Institute is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Salina, Kansas, that was founded in 1976. TLI is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: how to produce food without destroying precious soil, water, and ecological resources. TLI’s core activity is research to create an agriculture that incorporates many aspects of what makes natural ecosystems sustainable—especially diversity and perennality. In practical terms this equates to breeding perennial cereal, legume and oilseed crops and experimenting with growing them in polycultures that maintain fertility and deter pathogens and herbivores.
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The Land Institute is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and people of all ethnic and national origins and sexual orientations
Education/Training: Ph.D. degree in crop breeding, crop genetics, bioinformatics, genetics or a similar field.
Knowledge of and experience in experimental design and statistical analysis.
The Land Institute is a science-based research organization working to develop an alternative to current destructive agricultural practices. Our work is dedicated to advancing perennial grain crops and polyculture farming solutions.
Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976, The Land Institute is committed to researching and developing food production methods that sustain the land and soil, a precious resource in an increasingly precarious state around the globe.
“The history of Earth-abuse through agriculture has been horrendous. Essentially, all of nature’s ecosystems are perennial polycultures. Agriculture reversed that. Consequently, soil erosion became a problem. The wilderness has to become a standard against which we judge our agricultural and cultural practices.” – Wes Jackson, co-founder, The Land Institute
The current agricultural paradigm takes a short-term/high-yield approach that is dependent on heavy chemical applications and petroleum consumption, and leads to soil erosion and degradation. We aim to change that.
At The Land Institute, we believe we must grow food in partnership with nature by planting perennial grains in mixtures that can help build and... protect soil. We are dependent on our soil. It is everyone’s future.
The Land Institute’s journey since 1976 has been one of imagination and discovery defined by steady, cumulative progress. And it’s not over yet.