School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics-PD [#10671, WDR-00012856]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Position in Quantitative Genetics at Cornell University
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Science
Genomics / Biology
Appl Deadline:2018/02/28* (posted 2017/12/20, listed until 2018/02/28)
Position Description:    

Postdoc Position in Quantitative Genetics at Cornell University

The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral associate to conduct studies in the modeling of complex genotype-by-environment interactions and the implementation of genomic selection in crop breeding programs. The position is located in the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section. The successful applicant is expected to apply advanced modeling techniques to phenotypic, genomic, and environmental data to estimate genetic parameters related to plant responses to environmental stresses. In collaboration with the Gore lab at Cornell, the phenotypic data sets have been collected by ionomic and metabolomic profiling technologies, along with field-based high-throughput phenotyping systems built on the integration of imaging and robotic platforms. In addition to modeling plant stress responses, the position will work closely with collaborators at CIMMYT to optimize the implementation of genomic selection in African maize breeding programs.

The position is anticipated to start in February 2018 and the search will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. Benefits package is included.

The position term is one year, renewable contingent on funding and performance.

Anticipated Division of Time
Model development and data analysis - 60% 
Breeding program design - 20% 
Communication and coordination with Collaborators - 10% 
Training of lab members and collaborators in quantitative genetics - 10%

Requirements include a Ph.D. in plant or animal breeding, population genetics, statistics, computer science or computation-related fields with an interest in plant breeding applications.

Preferred Specific Skills
Mixed models, Bayesian methodology, genomic selection, sequence alignment and variant calling methods, variant imputation methods, and programming experience in Fortran, C, or Python.

How to Apply:
Candidates are encouraged to send a statement of research interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Submit all application materials to Academic Jobs Online at Questions about the position can be addressed to Dr Kelly Robbins .

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Further Info:
Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
Cornell University
240 Emerson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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