Cornell University, Institute of Biotechnology

Position ID:Cornell-Institute of Biotechnology-BIBDCRA [#26571, WDR-00041507]
Position Title: Breeding Data Coordinator - Research Associate
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Genetics / Quantitative
Plant Breeding
Data Management and Analytics
Appl Deadline: filled
Position Description:   Remote  

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The Breeding Insight Breeding Data Coordinator will lead the integration of statistical analyses from genotypic and phenotypic data to provide breeding-decision support efforts for USDA-ARS specialty plant and animal breeders. The Coordinator, in concert with the science and software engineering teams, will work as part of a national initiative to extend the application of genotypic information to routine development of specialty crops and livestock. Breeding of specialty plants and animals has lagged behind major crops and livestock, though these specialty species together have equal economic value to the major crops and provide valuable nutrition and flavor to diets. One of Breeding Insight’s aims is to accelerate breeding efforts by integrating the use of phenomics (trait analysis) with genomics and natural variation to increase the rate of genetic gain to create healthy, nutritious, and sustainable specialty crops and animals.  Breeding Insight currently supports 19 ARS specialty species with 9 more expected at the start of 2024.

The Breeding Data Coordinator will have proven expertise in applying genetic principles and statistics to enable the interpretation of biological phenomena and provide information that guides strategies and optimizes resources in specialty breeding programs. The Breeding Data Coordinator is responsible for working directly with the breeders to assist them in implementing optimal experimental and trial design, data processing for statistical analyses, and contributing to breeding decision support tool creation at BI. The Breeding Data Coordinator will also participate in weekly meetings, annual site visits, and provide breeding decision support. Through the process of supporting these programs, the Breeding Data Coordinator will gain the experience necessary to set use-case and development priorities.

The Breeding Data Coordinator will be a highly visible person central to the success of Breeding Insight and will report to the Breeding Program Lead. The Breeding Insight project integrates a team of USDA-ARS breeders (based at research locations across the US), with a scientific team and a software development team.

Characteristic Duties


The coordinator will be recruited based on core competency in several different areas, including plant breeding, field trial design, data management, GWAS, linkage mapping, QTL studies, genomic selection, bioinformatics, quantitative genetics, and project management.  The ability to conduct analyses on large data sets and interpret results for decision making is required.  Must be proficient with Excel, R, ASReml, Linux/Unix systems, Python/perl,.  Must have experience in linkage mapping, QTL studies, genomic selection, data analysis, and project management.  Experience with multiple crops, and experience working with diverse teams are preferred. Knowledge of information technologies, analytics, and methods appropriate for polyploid genomic data and/or image analysis are beneficial.  Above all, the coordinator must have demonstrated exceptional verbal and written communication skills.  A PhD in the field of plant breeding, quantitative genetics, molecular breeding, plant genetics, biological informatics, molecular biology, or related field, plus three years’ postdoctoral or equivalent post-PhD experience is required.

This position is a two-year term appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon continued funding.

The position is located in Ithaca, NY, on the Cornell University campus but remote work options are possible for candidates within the continental US and are willing to travel.

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  • Unique applicable skills.

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