Job Postings of Interest to the Maize Community

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Date Posted Apply by Title Location
November 14, 2017 January 1, 2018 Associate Professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics Fort Collins, CO
October 17, 2017 December 1, 2017 UW-Madison Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Genomic Prediction and Genetics of Physiological Traits Madison, WI, USA
August 18, 2017 September 30, 2017 PhD Student Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
August 2, 2017 PhD candidate in plant molecular biology Technical University of Munich, Germany
August 1, 2017 Postdoctoral Research Associate Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
August 1, 2017 September 11, 2017 Consortium Director Washington D.C., USA
July 11, 2017 August 30, 2017 Plant Cell Biology Discovery Scientist Cento de Tecnologia Canavieira, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil
June 15, 2017 June 27, 2017 Genetics Group Leader Durham, North Carolina, USA
June 1, 2017 Research Scientist, CIMMYT / HAU Collaboration Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
May 8, 2017 Assistant Professor of Practice, Biotechnology University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
April 7, 2017 Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Research Associate Albany, CA, USA
March 16, 2017 March 31 2017 Director of Research & Productivity St. Louis, MO USA
February 24, 2017 Researcher in Photosynthesis Genetics Technical University of Munich, Germany
February 24, 2017 Researcher in Quantitative Genetics Technical University of Munich, Germany
January 27th, 2017 Postdoctoral Research Associate St. Paul, MN, USA
January 25th, 2017 Post-doctoral Position in Barley Stamen Development Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

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Job Title: Associate Professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics


Date Posted: November 14, 2017


Apply By: January 1, 2018


Location: Fort Collins, CO


Department: Soil and Crop Sciences


Degree Required: Doctorate


Area of Study: Plant Breeding and Genetics


Description: The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor faculty position in plant breeding and genetics. This position is a 60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service appointment on a 9-month contract.

We seek applications from dynamic and motivated scientists who have expertise in plant germplasm evaluation, enhancement, and utilization. Candidates are sought with demonstrated capacity to integrate next-generation technologies and large datasets with classical field- and laboratory-based plant improvement approaches in their research program. The successful applicant will be expected to build a nationally and internationally recognized research program that integrates modern and conventional methods to make genetic discoveries and improve germplasm for established or potential new crops in Colorado and the surrounding region. Potential research topics include, but are not limited to, genetic resources characterization and evaluation, pre-breeding, genetics of disease and insect resistance, crop quality traits, health promoting properties, and the integration of advanced breeding and genetic technologies with phenotypic selection.

Opportunities exist for collaborations with plant breeders and geneticists from CSU, local private-industry groups, and the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation.

The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate level course in principles of genetics one semester each year and develop a graduate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Graduate student training and participation with undergraduate advising and recruiting are expected. Contributions toward outreach and service activities (e.g., interactions with commodity groups; presentations to the K-12 community; service to professional societies) are also required.


Required Qualifications:
• A Ph.D. in field related to the study of plant breeding and genetics (completed by application deadline).
• Experience in plant germplasm enhancement or genetic resources evaluation.
• Experience with genomic technologies (including high-throughput DNA markers and large datasets) relevant to crop breeding and genetics.
• A strong record of scholarly achievement commensurate with experience.
• Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information.


Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
• Evidence of clear potential or previous success in obtaining competitive research grant funding.
• Post-doctoral (or equivalent) research experience.
• Evidence of capacity for successful collaboration and potential to manage multidisciplinary research and education projects.
• Desire and ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, stakeholders, and activities.


Application Instructions: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by January 1 2018. The anticipated starting date for the position is August 13 2018, but is negotiable.

Interested individuals must submit the following application materials on-line at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/50923: (1) a cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research background and interests (two pages maximum); (4) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy (two pages maximum); (5) PDF copies of up to three relevant publications; and (6) a list of three professional references whom we may contact at a future date. References will not be contacted without prior notification to a candidate. Interested candidates may contact the Search Committee Chair Scott Haley (scott.haley@colostate.edu) for questions about the position or Soil and Crop Sciences Office Manager Jeannie Roberts (jeannie.roberts@colostate.edu) for questions about the search process


Extra: The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at CSU is home to a distinguished group of internationally recognized faculty focused on research, teaching, and outreach in agricultural and environmental sciences. The department possesses notable strengths in environmental biogeochemistry, climate-smart agroecosystems, crop genetics, plant/soil microbiome research, and sustainability metrics, and seeks to bolster these thematic areas. Information regarding the department, programs and degrees can be viewed at http://soilcrop.agsci.colostate.edu/.

As a land grant University and as nationally recognized innovators, we are committed to the foundational principles of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that our institutional success depends on how well we welcome, value, and affirm all members of the community and how we represent diverse perspectives in our teaching, research, and service throughout all disciplines.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is situated on nearly 5,000 acres of land, including the main campus, a foothills campus, the Agricultural Research Development & Education Center, and a mountain campus. Colorado State University research and Cooperative Extension faculty also conduct programs at several off-campus research centers throughout the state. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff. Read more about the university and community at the CSU Undergraduate Admissions Page at http://admissions.colostate.edu.






Job Title: UW-Madison Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Genomic Prediction and Genetics of Physiological Traits


Date Posted: October 17, 2017


Apply By: December 1, 2017


Location: Madison, WI, USA


Degree Required: Doctorate


Area of Study: Plant Breeding, Plant Physiology, Applied Quantitative Genetics, or related field


Description: A post-doctoral position is available through funding from the ARPA-E | ROOTS program to study breeding and genomic prediction models that will facilitate development of cultivars with increased root biomass deep in the soil. The candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing novel approaches that will support delivery of maize hybrids with defined root traits, and to empirically assess phenotypic relationships between root and agronomic productivity traits. The candidate will be part of a multi-location interdisciplinary team, and will lead activities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of that team. Responsibilities will include project coordination, leadership of field trials, data analysis and synthesis, and writing reports and manuscripts.


Required Qualifications: Experience in plant breeding, statistical analysis of multidimensional data, and strong communication and teamwork skills are required. Experience in plant physiology and crop modelling is highly desirable. Documentation of lead-author publications in high-quality journals is also highly desirable. Ideal candidates will be highly motivated to publish, able to lead an independent research project, 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.


Application Instructions: To apply, send a letter of application, a full curriculum vita, and names of three potential references to Sally Muller at sjmuller3@wisc.edu. Apply by December 1, 2017 for full consideration, but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


Extra: For inquiries about details of the position, please contact Shawn Kaeppler at smkaeppl@wisc.edu or Natalia de Leon at ndeleongatti@wisc.edu.






Job Title: PhD Student


Date Posted: August 18, 2017


Apply By: September 30, 2017


Location: Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany


Degree Required: Masters


Area of Study: Plant development, particularly small secreted proteins in maize anther and tassel development


Description: As part of the Collaborative Research Center SFB924 "Molecular mechanisms regulating yield and yield stability in plants" we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student interested in developmental biology. We offer a structured PhD program via our graduate school RIGeL. Salary is in accordance to German TV-L E13. The department of Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry is located in the new Biology Building of the University of Regensburg that includes among others state-of-the-art plant growth, proteomics and imaging facilities. The vibrant city of Regensburg hosts more than 30,000 students and is known for its UNESCO world heritage, medieval city center. The project aims to study novel small secreted proteins that impact maize anther and tassel development by using the corn smut causing fungus Ustilago maydis as a Trojan horse. To do so a broad spectrum of methods will be applied including latest techniques in molecular biology such as CRISPR/cas, biochemistry and various microscopic imaging techniques. The successful applicant will have access to leading-edge facilities and national as well as international collaborations, including training within RIGeL and the SFB924, giving the opportunity to start a strong scientific career.

The University of Regensburg is committed to the compatibility of family and career (for more information, please visit www.uni-regensburg.de/equal-opportunities). Preference will be given to people with disabilities in the case of otherwise equal aptitude.


Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should have a background in molecular biology and microscopic imaging. Experience with plants, plant pathogens and in biochemistry are desirable but not essential. We are seeking applicants that are enthusiastic for hands-on plant biology, with good communication skills, a MSc in Biology or related discipline and fluent English.


Application Instructions: Please submit your application documents including a motivation letter as a single PDF to Dr. Karina van der Linde at karina.van-der-linde@ur.de until September, 30, 2017


Extra: For further information see: http://sfb924.wzw.tum.de, http://cell-biology.uni-regensburg.de and https://www.rigel-regensburg.de.

Contact Dr. Karina van der Lind at karina.van-der-linde@ur.de for more information.






Job Title: PhD candidate in plant molecular biology


Date Posted: August 2, 2017


Location: Technical University of Munich, Germany


Degree Required: Masters


Area of Study: plant molecular biology


Description: PhD Position "Understanding the genetic basis of carbon isotope discrimination and drought tolerance in maize" The chair of plant breeding at the Technical University of Munich / TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan invites applications for a PhD position TV-L E13 (65%), starting as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Research in the plant breeding group is focused on the development of molecular and statistical tools for plant breeding as well as on genome analysis in crop plants. Project description: During photosynthesis plants discriminate against the stable isotope 13C. In plant breeding, this discrimination (Δ13C) is used as a desirable physiological trait associated with water use efficiency and drought tolerance. The project builds on previous genetic mapping that identified a QTL for Δ13C and the PhD candidate will investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms. The work involves finemapping, phenotyping of segregating populations, functional characterization of candidate genes through molecular approaches such as gene expression analyses, gene cloning, mutant analyses, enzymatic activity assays, and physiological measurements. The aim is to provide a better understanding of the genetic basis and the genes involved in Δ13C. This will aid to the genome-based improvement of C4 crops such as maize and may also contribute to extended knowledge on C4 photosynthesis. We are looking for a highly capable and motivated candidate interested in plant molecular biology.

We offer:
• An interdisciplinary working environment in a team of molecular and statistical geneticists.
• Active exchange and collaboration with partners from academia and industry in a field of constant technical and methodological development.
• Advanced education in molecular genetics, bioinformatics and plant breeding in courses and summer schools.
• Employment contract with the German public service salary TV-L E13 (65%), for three years.


Required Qualifications: The successful applicant is expected to have:
• Diploma or Master’s degree in biology, molecular biotechnology, plant physiology or related disciplines (above average grades).
• Background in (plant) molecular biology and/or genetics, biochemistry, or plant physiology is advantageous.
• Willingness to carry out both field and laboratory work.
• Very good English (oral and written), German is an advantage.
• Ability to work in a team and to collaborate with other research groups.






Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate


Date Posted: August 1, 2017


Location: Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA


Degree Required: Doctorate


Area of Study: Maize molecular genetics and physiology


Description: A postdoctoral research associate position is available to work in the area of maize molecular genetics and physiology in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University. The position will be focused dissecting genetic architecture of key physiological traits in maize using a combination of genomic, transcriptomic, and molecular genetics approaches. Specifically, we are interested in understanding the molecular detriments of source-sink communication and ensuing CHO partitioning, and role of such cross-talk in senescence. Responsibilities will include independent research in the generation and analysis of phenotypic and next generation sequencing data, dissection of complex trait architecture using appropriate genomic approaches, functional validation of candidate genes, and communication of results in peer-reviewed journals, conferences presentations, and project reports. Candidates with experience in gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 in maize or other grasses would be preferred. Clemson University has excellent group of faculty with diverse expertise and the candidate will have ample opportunities to collaborate with experts in informatics, metabolomics, population/quantitative genetics, and comparative genomics. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art high performance computing resource. The candidate will be eligible (and encouraged) to write federal grants for advancement of his/her career.

Pay & work schedule: Standard hours: 37.5. Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience and the position comes with comprehensive benefits. This position is funded for two years and contingent to performance review and availability of funds after each year.


Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in molecular genetics, plant physiology, plant genomics or related discipline. Strong and proven expertise in molecular genetics and plant physiology is a must. Expertise in gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 and plant transformation of grasses will be preferred. Quantitative genetics with programming skills for statistical analyses (R/SAS), Unix environment, and next generation sequence data analysis with relevant programming skills (Perl/Python) is a plus. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required. Demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals is a must.


Preferred Qualifications: A record of publication in the field of plant molecular genetics and/or genomics. Knowledge of plant physiology and metabolism. Experience with the manipulation and analysis of large data sets derived from next-gen sequencing and phenotyping.


Application Instructions: Send a letter of interest in the position, C.V., and contact information for three references to Rajan Sekhon at sekhon@clemson.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.






Job Title: Consortium Director


Date Posted: August 1, 2017


Apply By: September 11, 2017


Location: Washington D.C., USA


Area of Study: Plant genomics and phenomics


Description: The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is seeking a dynamic individual with deep knowledge of plant genomics and phenomics to serve as its inaugural Consortium Director of its exciting new Crops of the Future Collaborative (COTF). The COTF was launched in June of 2017, with seven diverse international partners, in addition to FFAR. This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal leadership role in directing an internationallysignificant agricultural research platform, with great potential for long-term high impact. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a proven and respected record of accomplishments and the ability to leverage existing and new networks.

The inaugural Consortium Director of the Crops of the Future Collaborative will be the key leader of this new consortium. Among other responsibilities, the Consortium Director will:
  • Coordinate identification of new scientific projects and oversee work of partners and grantees on approved scientific projects
  • Design and guide research opportunities and approaches within the Consortium’s mission
  • Perform and oversee scientific review of Consortium projects.
  • Determine, propose and implement Consortium procedures.
  • Form and lead advisory-based committees.
  • Ensure program objectives are met for each crop-specific program.
  • Develop criteria and milestones for crop-specific programs.
  • Identify and recruit additional Consortium partners.
  • Shape and direct the future directions of the Crops of the Future Collaborative, in close consultation with the FFAR Executive Director and the Consortium’s Executive Committee.

The Director of the Crops of the Future Collaborative will have responsibility to manage the Consortium in accordance with the overall direction set by the Executive Committee of the Consortium. The Consortium Director will ultimately be responsible for the success of the Consortium and will coordinate efforts across crops and ensure deliverables are met. The Consortium Director will be the main liaison and coordinator of activity and information between the Executive Committee of the Crops of the Future Collaborative and all elements of the Consortium. The Consortium Director will be an employee of FFAR, reporting to the FFAR Executive Director, and supported in part by other FFAR staff and potentially other Consortium staff.

For more information, please refer to http://academic-search.com/sites/default/files/COTF%20Director%20Ad%20FINAL.pdf.


Preferred Qualifications: As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of FFAR and be driven by its mission. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground through science to lead social change. We are seeking someone who can deliver results, with strategic vision and agility; who is action-oriented and able to build capacity; and whose leadership and management abilities will thrive in a collaborative, international partnership environment. The specific qualifications we are looking for are:
  • Exemplary educational background, with notable strengths in science and research.
  • Understanding of technologies in plant genomics, phenomics, breeding.
  • Experience in forming and working with international partnerships.
  • Experience in industry or academia, particularly in collaboration with other partners.
  • Charismatic, dynamic, energetic, visionary.
  • Able to build relationships and build collaborative partnerships.
  • Demonstrated success in use of project management skills to accomplish results.
  • Direct experience working in one or more scientific research consortia.
  • Minimum Masters degree, PhD preferred.
  • Fluent in English.


Application Instructions: The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is being assisted in this search by Academic Search, Inc. A full leadership profile with further information is available at: http://www.academicsearch.com/sites/default/files/FFARCOTFDirectorProfile.pdf. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to COTFDirector@academic-search.com. The search is being led by William F. Howard, Vice President & Senior Consultant, who can be reached at wfh@academic-search.com or 202-263-7489 for confidential discussions about this opportunity.

Candidates should submit a substantive cover letter addressing the opportunities and qualifications above, a current curriculum vitae, and a list of at least five (5) professional references with full contact information. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate.


Extra: The position will remain open until filled, but FFAR will begin reviewing and acting on applications after September 11, 2017, so only applications submitted by this date will be guaranteed full consideration.






Job Title: Plant Cell Biology Discovery Scientist


Date Posted: July 11, 2017


Apply By: August 30, 2017


Location: Cento de Tecnologia Canavieira, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


Area of Study: Developmental, Cell Biology, Molecular, Cell and Tissue Culture


Description: Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC) is seeking qualified individuals interested in joining forces to build a world class multidisciplinary sugarcane cell biology discovery team focused on development of genotype flexible cell biology for plant multiplication, tissue culture and transformation. Our vision for this team is to completely reinvent sugarcane cell biology such that upon implementation it accelerates delivery of CTCs product portfolio of leading sugarcane varieties and biotechnology. The sugarcane cell biology discovery team will comprise an internal team at CTC headquarters in Piracicaba, BR and a startup incubator site in the U.S and will work intimately with CTC´s Somatic Embryogenesis Production and Transformation Teams. We are interested in candidates with training or advanced degrees in a broad range of disciplines to foster out-of-the-box approaches to solve this decades-old technical challenge. CTC will be very flexible in engaging team members depending on the candidates needs including short and long term opportunities at both sites. CTC is an industry leader in sugarcane breeding and biotechnology.

For more information, please refer to http://ctcanavieira.com.br.


Application Instructions: If interested in embarking on this adventure in cell biology with CTC, please contact: Dave Somers at david.somers@ctc.com.br.


Extra: Contact Dave Somers at david.somers@ctc.com.br for more information.






Job Title: Genetics Group Leader


Date Posted: June 15, 2017


Apply By: June 27, 2017


Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA


Degree Required: Doctorate


Area of Study: Crop Genetics, Breeding, Industrial Biotechnology


Description: The purpose of this role is to build and manage industry-leading, next generation molecular and quantitative genetics capabilities to enhance and advance innovation in our breeding and trait pipelines. In this role, you will drive improvements in the research, development and delivery of products by enabling the analysis and visualization of large and complex datasets driving genetics-based decisions in Seeds R&D.

Accountabilities:
• Lead the Genetics Group, providing innovative genetics research competencies to the organization with special emphasis on native traits and breeding projects within the Syngenta portfolio.
• Provide leadership, direction and management of a Genetics Group spanning four sites on two different continents.
• Lead the innovation within Syngenta in the area of Genetics research, nourish scientific excellence of the Genetics Group, maintain a network within the scientific community in the field, and bring new concepts into Syngenta R&D in a timely fashion to support our industrial innovation leadership.
• Build effective partnerships with Seeds Product Development, R&DIS, and Seeds Research to support breeding and native traits development, and to drive innovations from genetics research into development in alignment with business needs.
• As a member of the Computational Biology Leadership Team, contribute to the development and implementation of computational science strategy, including the convergence of genomics, genetics and modeling capabilities.
• Lead the development and implementation of genetics research strategies in alignment with business needs.
• Drive the convergence of molecular and quantitative genetics in support of breeding.
• Partnering with R&DIS, provide research subject matter expertise and prototyping in the development of new and innovative genetics tools.
• Provide technical knowledge to scout and evaluate new opportunities in Genetics and be the in-house expert on competitor’s activities in this area.
• Develop and manage operational and capital budget for the Genetics Group.
• Maximize scientific, operational and procedural excellence and efficacy.
• Perform all activities in accordance with the Syngenta Health, Safety, Environmental Policy and Quality Management/Stewardship guidelines.

Additional Information:
• Travel – 25% - Domestic & International
• This position can be located in either Research Triangle Park (Durham) NC or Toulouse, France Syngenta


Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. or equivalent in plant genetics or related field, and 10+ years professional experience in the area of industrial biotechnology, crop genetics or related area.
• Understanding of genetics, breeding, and computational science required for the accountabilities above.
• Understanding of the Seeds business to develop appropriate genetics research programs and strategy.
• Project and portfolio management knowledge in the context of a matrixed organization (cross-functional, cross-sites, cross-business) and technical environment.


Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated success in leading a complex, results-oriented research program requiring scientific creativity, innovative thinking, organization and collaborative skills.
• Proven leadership skills, in particular in partnering, influencing and working with global cross functional and cross cultural teams in the absence of a direct functional management relationship.
• Demonstrated proficiency in planning, coordinating and communicating group activities across diverse functional and administrative boundaries.
• Demonstrated success in working in a range of research environments and across a breadth of quantitative and molecular genetics projects.
• Staff performance evaluation; development and administration of individual development plans within an organization framework.
• Experience with change management.
• Ability to translate cross-disciplinary knowledge into a vision for the further development of innovative and novel genetics methodologies, algorithms and approaches for Syngenta, and to translate this vision into a coherent strategy, with well defined tactics for implementation.
• Ability to create, champion, lead, prioritize and coordinate innovative research project activities across diverse scientific, professional and cultural backgrounds.
• Ability to clearly communicate research plans, drivers, and progress to business stakeholders, project leaders, research managers and technical partners.
• Ability to successfully cultivate an effective team environment and promote the full engagement of team members across disciplines at all levels and across sites.
• Research expenditure forecasting and budget management.
• Project planning and tracking in an interdisciplinary and multifunctional context.
• Interpersonal and conflict management skills.
• Excellent communication skills and demonstrated effectiveness in collaboration.


Extra: If you need assistance during the application process please contact the Service Desk at na.sta_pc_team@syngenta.com.

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Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Contact Natasia Robinson at natasia.robinson@syngenta.com for more information.






Job Title: Research Scientist, CIMMYT / HAU Collaboration


Date Posted: June 1, 2017


Location: Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China


Degree Required: Doctorate


Area of Study: maize genomics, molecular markers, breeding informatics


Description: Our client is looking for a reputed, results-oriented scientist at his or her mid-career, with appropriate technical and personal skills to lead a scientific research group focusing on strategic and applied genomics research and with strong applications in global maize breeding efforts. The successful candidate will integrate world-class maize genomics into CIMMYT’s ongoing efforts to increase the rates of genetic gain in global breeding programs, targeting low-and-middle income countries for greater impact on food and nutrition security and adaptation to the changing climates. The position will oversee a team of junior scientists and graduate students, based at the Henan Agricultural University in China, to undertake high-quality research in the areas of maize genomics, molecular breeding, and breeding informatics. The position will be linked with the breeding networks of CIMMYT and Henan Agricultural University and will provide strategic directions on maize and wheat breeding program re-design to most cost-effectively utilize innovations in the areas of genomics and breeding informatics. The position will define priority research areas in coordination with CIMMYT’s Global Maize and Genetic Resources Programs and Henan Agricultural University. The position is based at Zhengzhou, Henan province (China).

Responsibilities include: Undertake high-quality research on maize genomics, and use CIMMYT’s extensive maize genotypic and phenotypic data to implement strategies to effectively discover, validate and deploy breeder-ready markers and genomic tools for germplasm enhancement, especially for traits relevant for corn farmers. Utilize CIMMYT maize breeding data to simulate and critically assess strategies based on cost and logistics constraints of maize breeding programs, and recommend germplasm use and breeding program re-design strategies to optimize genetic gain through the application of genomic information. Effectively develop and implement optimal data management pipelines and user-interface tools to enable routine utilization of genomic prediction for multiple traits within CIMMYT’s global maize breeding programs. Liaise with CIMMYT Biometrics and Statistics Unit and Information Technology Unit to integrate relevant statistical methods into user-friendly breeding decision support tools. Throughout all, to rigorously document and publish research findings in high impact journals and contribute to the dissemination of results.


Required Qualifications: PhD in genetics, plant breeding or a related field with a minimum 7 years of post-PhD experience. A substantial publication record relevant to the application of genomic information within applied breeding programs is required.


Extra: Contact Dave Jensen at davejensen@careertrax.com for more information.






Job Title: Assistant Professor of Practice, Biotechnology


Date Posted: May 8, 2017


Location: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona


Degree Required: Doctorate


Area of Study: Biotechnology


Description: The University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences seeks to hire an Assistant Professor of Practice to strengthen undergraduate education in biotechnology. As a scientific discipline, biotechnology is continually evolving with the advent of new technologies that support the health and longevity of earth’s growing population and the successful applicant will have expertise in recent scientific advances.

As a Land Grant University, The University of Arizona is committed to training students for 21st century jobs and enhancing opportunities in Arizona. The School of Plant Sciences, which has a record of excellence in cutting edge plant and microbial biology, will train a generation of leaders prepared to enhance agricultural productivity, improve human and environmental health, and develop innovative solutions that expedite progress in these areas. We seek candidates who will enhance undergraduate education in biotechnology, and who recognize the opportunity to leverage faculty research excellence, provide skilled instruction, and facilitate practical laboratory training in an array of biotechnology applications.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized on Forbes 2015 list of America’s Best Employers in the United States and has been awarded the 2016 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by World@Work! For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here: http://whyua.arizona.edu/


Required Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in biotechnology, molecular biology, or a related field, have experience teaching in a college or university classroom, and be able to demonstrate understanding of the current technological and regulatory environment.


Application Instructions: Apply for the job in this website: https://uacareers.com/postings/18198


Job Announcement Number: F20950






Job Title: Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Research Associate


Date Posted: April 7, 2017


Location: Albany, CA, USA


Degree Required: Doctorate


Area of Study: Computational Biology


Description: A Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Crop Improvement and Genetics Research Unit in Albany, CA.

The position is within the GrainGenes digital platform, providing long-term data sustainability for small grains data. As part of a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary team, the selected candidate will use his/her background and passion in computational biology to integrate, visualize, and analyze genomic data and to develop/implement web-based tools.

The appointment is full-time for 12 months and may be renewed based upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding. The selected applicant will receive a stipend in an amount up to $70,333 as support for their living and other expenses during this appointment. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. The participant will also be awarded a health insurance stipend supplement up to $14,723 per year, a relocation allowance up to $5,000, and a science and research travel allowance up to $4,000 per year.

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, USDA, ARS, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position requires a pre-appointment check and a full background investigation.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.


Required Qualifications: A doctorate in Computer Science, Computational Biology, Statistics, Engineering, or a related discipline in the biological or physical sciences, preferably within five years of desired starting date


Preferred Qualifications:
- Demonstrated experience with genomic data formatting, analysis, and visualization,
- Demonstrated experience with implementing/developing web-based tools,
- Demonstrated experience with command-line environment,
- A publication record,
- Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, while building and nurturing collaborations with external research groups, and
- Ability to disseminate research findings and keeping team members and collaborators informed


Application Instructions: Visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/details/3227 to apply.


Extra: For more information about the ARS Research Participation Program, please visit the Program Website.






Job Title: Director of Research & Productivity


Date Posted: March 16, 2017


Apply By: March 31 2017


Location: St. Louis, MO USA


Degree Required: Masters


Area of Study: Agronomy or Plant Science, with an emphasis in Crop Breeding, Genomics, Phenotyping or Bio-informatics, and a minimum of 5 years’ career experience


Description: Responsible for management of research programs and serves as lead staff for the Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team (CPQAT).

Reports to: Vice-President of Production & Sustainability

Serve as lead staff for the CPQAT:
  • Provide guidance to grower team members and assistance to the Vice-President of Production & Sustainability regarding research priorities for NCGA
  • Meet communication, budgeting and meeting requirements set forth by NCGA
  • Ensure team develops programs and projects to accomplish NCGA Strategic Plan objectives.

Support funding for corn research through USDA, NSF and other Federal agencies:
  • Organize efforts to inform policymakers regarding the importance of corn research
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with agency staff responsible for federal programs supporting corn research.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with the corn research community through attendance and presentations at scientific meetings and conferences.
  • Advance a national multi-crop phenotyping initiative. Work with DC staff, state staff and other commodity groups to get this initiative authorized in the Farm Bill and sufficient Federal funds appropriated.

Develop research opportunities for corn productivity and improved production practices:
  • Support commercial research companies developing technology that may provide benefits for growers.
  • Explore potential research opportunities (both public and private sector) to be considered by CPQAT, including feasibility of technology and potential intellectual property positions.
  • Support National Agricultural Genotyping Center Board of Directors, assist NCGA and State Directors.
  • Review state checkoff research proposals as requested.

Serve as a resource and coordinator for state and industry corn research program staff:
  • Provide leadership in facilitating shared consensus amoung state corn organizations on high priority corn research needs and corresponding programs.
  • To the extent practicable, facilitate the coordination of state-based corn productivity research.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with state association staff and provide feedback as requested on in-state corn research projects.

Serve as technical staff support for Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence (AMCOE):
  • Manage current research programs and identify additional opportunities for mycotoxin mitigation research.


Preferred Qualifications: Ability to operate in a team environment. Ability to travel. Basic knowledge of federal research programs.


Application Instructions: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to HR@ncga.com by March 31, 2017.


Extra: Contact Fred Stemme at hr@ncga.com for more information.






Job Title: Researcher in Photosynthesis Genetics


Date Posted: February 24, 2017


Location: Technical University of Munich, Germany


Degree Required: Masters


Description: The chair of plant breeding at the Technical University of Munich / TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan invites applications for a PhD position TV-L E13 (65%), starting as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Research in the plant breeding group is focused on the development of molecular and statistical tools for plant breeding as well as on genome analysis in crop plants.

"FullThrottle" is a collaborative project combining physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics to investigate the factors affecting the rate and efficiency of C4 photosynthesis. Maize introgression lines will be used to identify and characterize QTL for photosynthesis-related traits and to investigate their relation to drought stress tolerance. Detailed analysis will focus on physiological parameters and transcript profiling in well-watered and drought stress conditions. The results will be integrated with those obtained by other partners in the project to provide a comprehensive analysis of photosynthesis efficiency in maize. We are looking for a highly capable and motivated candidate to take on a challenging but potentially very rewarding research subject.

We offer:
1. An interdisciplinary working environment in a team of molecular and statistical geneticists
2. Active exchange and collaboration with partners from academia and industry in a field of constant technical and methodological development
3. Advanced education in molecular genetics, bioinformatics and plant breeding in courses and summer schools
4. Employment contract with the German public service salary TV-L E13 (65%), for three years

The Technical University of Munich is committed to increasing the proportion of women in research and education and thus explicitly invites qualified female scientists to apply for this position. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.


Required Qualifications:
1. Diploma or Master’s degree in biology, molecular biotechnology, plant physiology or related disciplines (above average grades)
2. Background in genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry is advantageous
3. Interest in photosynthesis and plant stress physiology
4. Willingness to carry out both field and laboratory work
5. Very good English (oral and written), German is an advantage
6. Ability to work in a team and to collaborate with other research groups


Application Instructions: Applications with the usual supporting information (letter of motivation, CV, certificates, credentials, etc. in a single pdf file) should be submitted by Email to jobs.z7x.wz@tum.de, subject matter: “PhD Position Quantitative Genetics 17.3”. Application will be open until the position is filled.


Extra: For questions related to the position and further background information please contact Dr. Claudiu Niculaes, Plant Breeding, TUM, claudiu.niculaes@tum.de






Job Title: Researcher in Quantitative Genetics


Date Posted: February 24, 2017


Location: Technical University of Munich, Germany


Degree Required: Masters


Description: The chair of plant breeding at the Technical University of Munich / TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan invites applications for a PhD position (TV-L E13, 75%) starting as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Research in the plant breeding group is focused on the development of molecular and statistical tools for plant breeding as well as on genome analysis in crop plants.

Research topics:
1. Contribution to the collaborative project “MAZE” (www.europeanmaize.net) on genomic and functional diversity of maize
2. Genetic and genomic analysis of cold tolerance at early stages of maize development
3. Genomic and phenotypic characterization of a unique library of doubled-haploid lines grown in multienvironment trials to determine the genetic architecture of quantitative traits
4. Development of statistical methods for quantitative trait loci (QTL) estimation and genomic prediction in genetic resources
5. Investigation of multiple trait genomic prediction with a focus on genotype x environment interactions

We offer:
1. An interdisciplinary working environment in a team of plant breeders, statisticians, molecular geneticists and bioinformaticians
2. Active exchange and collaboration with partners from academia and industry in a field of constant technical and methodological development
3. Advanced education in statistics, genetics and plant breeding in courses and summer schools
4. Employment contract with the German public service salary TV-L E13 (65%) for three years

The Technical University of Munich is committed to increasing the proportion of women in research and education and thus explicitly invites qualified female scientists to apply for this position. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.


Required Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree in (bio-) statistics, plant breeding or related disciplines (above average grades)
2. Advanced knowledge in statistical software, preferably with R
3. Background in (quantitative) genetics is a strong plus
4. Very good English (oral and written), German of advantage
5. Ability to work in a team and to collaborate with other research groups


Application Instructions: Applications with the usual supporting information (letter of motivation, CV, certificates, credentials, etc. in a single pdf file) should be submitted by Email to jobs.z7x.wz@tum.de, subject matter: “PhD Position Quantitative Genetics 17.3”. Application will be open until the position is filled.


Extra: For questions related to the position and further background information please contact Dr. Anne-Sophie Bouchet, Plant Breeding, TUM, anne-sophie.bouchet@tum.de






Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate


Date Posted: January 27th, 2017


Location: St. Paul, MN, USA


Degree Required: Doctorate


Description: The University of Minnesota has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate in the area of plant quantitative genetics and breeding. The position is located in St. Paul, MN. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of community resources for the application of genomic selection to soybean breeding. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone desiring to step into this cutting-edge area of plant breeding research. The overall responsibility of the postdoctoral research associate will be to manage the collection of genome-wide SNP data (using both new methods under development and established methods) and combine this data with historical environmental and phenotypic data to develop genomic prediction models that can be used by individual public soybean breeders in the North Central region. The successful candidate will work with individual soybean breeders to tailor the models to their breeding populations and environments, and assist in incorporating and testing genomic selection in their programs. The development of a relational community database housing genotype, phenotype and environmental data will also be an outcome of this work. In addition to answering questions related to optimal model development and deployment of genomic selection for soybean breeding programs, the developed database will form a rich resource for answering questions related to the historical development of public soybean breeding germplasm, the distribution of soybean genetic variation in public germplasm, and the genomic architecture underlying economically important traits.


Required Qualifications:
1) PhD in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, statistical genetics/genomics, or a related discipline.
2) Experience in the application of quantitative genetics, statistics/data sciences and genomics.
3) Proficiency in the statistical programming language R or other programming languages.
4) Demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals.
5) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Application Instructions: To apply, send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Aaron Lorenz (lore0149@umn.edu). Review of applications will begin on Feb 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


Extra: Contact Aaron Lorenz at lore0149@umn.edu for more information.






Job Title: Post-doctoral Position in Barley Stamen Development


Date Posted: January 25th, 2017


Location: Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany


Degree Required: Doctorate


Area of Study: Genetics, Development, Physiology, Bioinformatics


Description: The successful applicant will work in the Acosta Group to study the process of stamen maturation in barley from March 1, 2017. S/he will identify genes controlling this process from an extensive male sterile mutant collection, which will be characterized via high-throughput sequencing, histology and functional genetics. Additionally, s/he will study the potential role of plant hormones (e.g. auxin, jasmonate) in barley stamen development.


Required Qualifications: Applicants should have a PhD with emphasis in Genetics and preferentially experience in at least one of the following: Plant Development, Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Physiology or Cereal Genetics. Knowledge of bioinformatics for next generation sequence analysis is a plus. It is essential that candidates are able to work independently, collaborate within an international environment towards a common goal, communicate effectively and think creatively.


Application Instructions: Please e-mail Ivan Acosta at acosta@mpipz.mpg.de with a single pdf containing a full CV with a complete list of publications; a cover letter describing research experience and motivation to join the project; and the names and contacts of at least 2 referees.


Extra: Contact Ivan Acosta at acosta@mpipz.mpg.de for more information.