Post-Doctoral Research Associate-Turfgrass Genetics

    Post-Doctoral Research Associate

    Website University of Nebraska

    Working Title: Post-Doctoral Research Associate-Turfgrass Genetics
    Department: Agronomy & Horticulture-0827
    Requisition Number: F_220099
    Posting Open Date: 06/22/2022
    Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 07/25/2022
    Posting Close Date:
    Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Description

    The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will leverage turfgrass genetics and genomes to conduct independent research in turfgrass biotic and abiotic stress resistance. The primary focus will be to design and conduct experiments that explain the roles of genes and genetic pathways important for conditional responses in turfgrasses. The work will involve analysis of high throughput sequencing data sets, laboratory molecular genetics research, and field-based plant and experiment management. The primary research goal is to develop and test resources that contribute to turfgrass germplasm and cultivar development pipelines. The incumbent will additionally assist with the turfgrass genetics program management and mentor staff and students. The successful candidate is expected to publish research in peer-reviewed journals and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities. Interest and experience with computational biology methods, field and lab-based genetics research, and grass genetics is preferred.

    Description of Work

    Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Agronomy & Horticulture are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups.

    The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be a member of the Amundsen lab ( of the UNL Agronomy and Horticulture Department and stationed at the USDA-ARS in Beltsville, MD. It is expected that the candidate will adhere to both University of Nebraska and USDA policies and procedures.

    As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

    Minimum Required Qualifications

    • PhD required in Agronomy, Bioinformatics, Horticulture, Turfgrass Sciences, or related field.
    • Demonstrated experience working with DNA and RNA extraction and analysis.
    • Documented evidence of working both independently and as a member of a team.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in high-performance cluster computing environments.
    • Past work experiences with turfgrasses and turfgrass genomes.
    • Knowledge of polyploid genetics in grasses.
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    2. Curriculum vitae.
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    Job Category (old): Post Docs & Other Academic
    Job Type: Full-Time
    Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? Yes

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