North Dakota State University
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$30,000 - $49,999
The Department of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University, seeks a postdoctoral research associate to work on molecular mapping and deployment of genes or QTL for resistance to Fusarium head blight (FHB) in hexaploid wheat and durum wheat. The researcher will be responsible for evaluation of wheat lines and mapping populations for FHB resistance in greenhouse and field nurseries, develop molecular markers and whole-genome maps, and identify the molecular markers associated with quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for FHB resistance. This individual will conduct marker-assisted selection to transfer the FHB resistance QTL into adapted wheat cultivars, and participate in other research programs on molecular characterization of host-pathogen interactions in cereal crops. The researcher will be expected to interpret and analyze the data and publish results in peer-reviewed journals. This position is available for one year and renewed in subsequent years contingent upon funding and performance.
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Screening will begin 2/6/20
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.
•Ph.D. degree in plant pathology, plant science, or a related subject.
•A basic knowledge of fungal biology and plant diseases.
•A basic knowledge of quantitative genetics.
•Working experience in mapping population construction, marker development, whole-genome genetic mapping, QTL analysis of host resistance, DNA cloning and sequencing.
•Proficiency in using genetic mapping software and tools such as Mapmaker, Qgene, MapDisto, QTL Cartographer, and SAS.
•Ability to work independently and as a team member to accomplish the research goals.
•Excellent communication skills, including publication of research results in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
•Prior experience and expertise in greenhouse and field evaluation of fungal diseases of wheat
•Prior experience working with marker-assisted selection of disease resistance in plants.
•A good record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.