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Fellow (Post Doc)

Apply now Department: 3670010110 Plant Pathology
Job no: 497977
Work type: Post Doc, Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location: Manhattan
Categories: Agriculture, Horticulture, Research/Scientific/Grants

General Description of Position:

Work on projects utilizing genomics approaches to investigate the genetic architecture and molecular mechanisms underlying trait variation in wheat.  Genetic mapping of genes controlling yield and disease resistance traits.  Incumbent will use functional genomics approaches to identify major candidate genes and pathways controlling phenotypic traits and will apply classical genetics, breeding and genome editing techniques to validate candidate gene function and develop lines with improved traits.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice president for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description:

Plan and conduct experimental work in the laboratory, greenhouse and field.  Perform genetic mapping experiments using bi-parental cross and diversity populations; collect and analyze phenotyping data from field and greenhouse experiment trials.  Associate genetic variation with phenotypic variation using statistical tools, analyze genomic variation data collected for wheat or fungal pathogens, and identify candidate genes controlling wheat phenotypes using wheat genome sequence data.  Collect and perform analysis of wheat transcriptome using next-generation sequencing technologies; conduct multi-dimensional genomic data analysis to identify major drivers of phenotypic variation in wheat; bioinformatical analysis of genomic and genetic data; maintain detailed records of experiments performed.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate will have an excellent knowledge of experimental techniques and approaches used in plant molecular biology, genetics and genomics (DNA, isolation, sequencing, genotyping and expression analysis), molecular cloning, quantitative PCR and RT-PCR.  Knowledge of functional genomics approaches for gene function validation.  Generation and analysis of next-generation sequence data.  Excellent organizational, written/verbal communication skills and ability to work in multicultural environment.  Experience with the computer-based analyses of genomics (DNA, RNA and proteins) and genetic data.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience with genetic mapping techniques. Molecular cloning techniques, knowledge of computer programs used for analyzing genetic and genomic data; high-throughput methods of DNA and RNA analyses using computer programs; excellent verbal and written communication skills.  At least 3 years of experience working in the field of plant genomics, genetics or breeding.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter and CV electronically with your application. 

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Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 


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