We are hiring three postdoc level scientists--two focused on our research and one senior lead of international engagement. We are looking for strong skills in bioinformatics and an interest in connecting basic science with applied plant breeding to adapt to and combat climate change.
Research Postdocs should have a background in machine learning, bioinformatics of genomic and molecular data, and/or statistical genetics. Strong skills in computer programming and modeling are necessary. Researchers with experience in human, animal, and other model organisms and evolution are especially encouraged to apply.
Successful candidates will assist in building tools to develop plant regulatory networks that leverage data from models such as Arabidopsis, yeast, and Chlamydomonas, and apply the networks initially to maize, sorghum, and cassava. Longer term these networks will be tested in hundreds of related wild species.
At minimum applicants need to have accepted two first-author publications from their PhDs, and we generally do not hire postdocs who have already done a first postdoc.
The Senior Lead of International Engagement will be a highly visible person central to the success of ILCI (a USAID-supported integrated agricultural research and delivery program) and the Buckler Lab breeding efforts.
The successful candidate will lead the deployment of genomics and genotyping platforms (i.e., working with existing service providers) for a wide range of crops including cassava, maize, sorghum, tubers, and legumes. The application of genomic selection has, until recently, mostly focused on major crops and livestock, but the technologies are allowing all species and breeding programs to take advantage of it. The thoughtful integration of genomic selection can accelerate breeding efforts to increase the rate of genetic gain and create novel healthy, nutritious, and sustainable crops for many markets globally.
This person should have advanced genomic skills to design, develop, analyze, and support different genomic datasets and facilitate the deployment of the data to breeders across the world. This person will also be responsible for defining the reference assembly strategy, whole-genome sequencing, and genotyping approaches and contracts with vendors. Participation in weekly meetings and annual visits required.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to Sara Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.