|Position Type||Post Doc|
|Department ID||111501 – Horticultural Science|
|Department||111501 – Horticultural Science|
|Job City & State||Raleigh, NC|
|Essential Job Duties||The Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh is seeking an exceptional candidate for the postdoctoral research associate position to work in the fresh-market tomato breeding program in North Carolina. This project is funded by the USDA-NIFA and aims to leverage modern genetics, genomics, and bioinformatic tools to improve non-race Verticillium wilt resistance in fresh-market tomatoes and identify novel verticillium wilt resistant genes. The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will focus mainly on gene discovery, mapping of genes/QTLs associated with the non-race Verticillium wilt resistance in tomatoes. The incumbent would also have the opportunity to pursue innovative scientific ideas, lead/co-lead research proposals, interact with graduate students, collaborate with other faculty members in multiple departments, present research findings at professional meetings, publish in refereed journals, and publish extension products.
The fresh-market tomato breeding program at North Carolina State University is one of the leading plant breeding programs in the country and is focused on developing elite fresh-market tomato cultivars with improved horticultural performance, fruit quality, and disease resistance adapted to North Carolina, surrounding areas, and nationwide. Additionally, by utilizing next-generation sequencing and modern genomic techniques, a preliminary genomic platform has been established to further investigate the genetics of the NCSU tomato germplasm. The primary purpose of this position is to contribute to implementing modern molecular breeding techniques including but not limited to next-generation sequencing (NGS), population genetics, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), and quantitative genetics to fine map and identify novel Verticillium resistant genes/QTLs in tomatoes. The incumbent is expected to work independently and in a multidisciplinary research group, and to supervise, and guide graduate students, and laboratory staff.
The candidate will be located at Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, Mills River, NC 28759.
|Other Work/Responsibilities||· Frequent visits to the growers’ field may be required during the summer seasons. Mills River is in Henderson County in western North Carolina, near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offers a unique living and recreational environment.
· Other duties as assigned.
Requirements and Preferences
|Work Schedule||Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm|
|Department Required Skills||· Ph.D. degree in a plant biology discipline, including plant molecular biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, statistical genetics, or a related field is needed.
· Prior experience working on large-scale plant genetic and genomics datasets, working knowledge of biostatistics, statistical genetics, and genetic mapping is desirable.
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
|Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education||· Experience in tomato or vegetable breeding, genetics, and genomics are desirable but not essential.|
|Required License or Certification||· Valid NCDL or the ability to obtain one within the first six months is required.
The position will be required to drive a program vehicle to research stations to work on field trials.
|Valid NC Driver’s License required?||Yes|
|Commercial Driver’s License Required?||No|
|Anticipated Hiring Range||Commensurate with Experience|
|If you anticipate multiple hires from this search, please indicate how many|
|Job Open Date||05/11/2022|
|AA/EEO||NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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