Research (Plant) Geneticist (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Location: Salinas, California
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Area of Focus:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Crop Improvement and Protection Unit, Salinas, California, has three Research (Plant) Geneticist (Postdoctoral Research Associate) positions open.
The selectees will be expected to identify and characterize the mechanisms, genes, QTL, molecular markers, and traits underlying abiotic (salt, drought, heat, or cold) stress tolerance in lettuce. Conduct QTL mapping and study the gene expression and inheritance of abiotic stress tolerance traits. Incorporate the beneficial traits into new lettuce cultivars. Adapt, modify or develop new methods, techniques and/or tools to satisfy the needs of the research.
The grant-funded positions are full time not to exceed 2 years with a possibility of extension. A comprehensive benefits package is available.
The positions are open immediately until filled.
ARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.
The positions require a Ph.D. in plant genetics, breeding, physiology, horticulture, crop science, agronomy, biological sciences or a related field. Experience and knowledge of linkage and association (GWAS) mapping, RNA-seq, methods and techniques used in studies of plant abiotic stress tolerance, and softwares used in genetic/genomic/QTL mapping analyses are preferred but not required. The candidate must demonstrate proficiency of oral and written English. The applicant must be an U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident who will apply for citizenship when eligible. Applicants must clearly indicate their country of citizenship or legal status in their resume/CV.
Applicants should send a cover letter describing qualifications, a resume or CV with names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references, official transcripts, an abstract of Ph.D. thesis, and proof of Ph.D. (documented on official transcripts or letter from Department Head or appropriate university official specifying that all requirements have been met and the degree confirmation date). by email or mail to Dr. Beiquan Mou, USDA-ARS, 1636 E. Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93905. (831) 596-5088, email@example.com. Equivalency certification is needed if it is a foreign degree.