Position Summary: Post-Doctoral Associates conduct research and/or service that provides further development of career skills or allows them opportunities to learn new research techniques. They are trained by and work in conjunction with a faculty mentor who determines the training agenda.
Positions are limited to a period of three to five years, depending on training needs. Post-Doctoral Associates are receiving training while also performing services for the University of Minnesota, for which they are compensated.
We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate in the area of genomics and population genetics. The successful candidate will examine the genomic and nucleotide sequence-level effects of biotech treatments, including mutagens, tissue culture, and targeted genetic modifications (CRISPR) in soybean. There will be potential to contribute to related research projects in the host labs.
There are opportunities to improve your biocomputing skills through tutorials hosted by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute and local Software Carpentry workshops. There are several faculty members on the St. Paul campus with research programs in genomics (including Candy Hirsch, Gary Muehlbauer, and Ruth Shaw) and evolutionary genetics (including Yaniv Brandvain, Suzanne McGaugh David Moeller, and Peter Tiffin).
Note: These are not positions to which permanent residency can be granted for international appointees.
Job Duties: (75%) Biocomputing analysis (15%) Molecular biology, including PCR (10%) Plant care, greenhouse work
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in evolutionary, population, or quantitative genetics, plant breeding, or related field. Individual may be immediate post-degree or returning for additional training, updating, and/or retooling. Limited to fields for which post-degree training is necessary for career entry.
Preferred Qualifications: Proficiency in UNIX shell, Python, or other programming languages is preferred. A demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals is preferred. Basic molecular biology skills, including DNA extraction and PCR, are preferred.
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