A Postdoctoral Position in Wheat Genetics
Cereal aphids such as greenbug and Russian wheat aphid are the two major
pests of wheat worldwide, and they cause millions of dollars of losses
to this important food crop each year. We have been identifying sources
of aphid resistance and developing high-performance wheat
germplasm/cultivars with genetic resistance to the aphid pests. It is
important to develop a better understanding of host-plant resistance.
Thus, a postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Department
of Plant and Soil Sciences at Oklahoma State University. This
postdoctoral research follow will join a cooperative research project
under Dr. Brett Carver of Oklahoma State University in collaboration
with Dr. Yinghua Huang of the USDA-ARS. The incumbent will design and
implement research experiments to identify resistance gene(s) and
characterize genetic mechanisms of aphid resistance in winter wheat
through genetic and genomic approaches. Research will also involve
developing molecular markers and using genetic and breeding
methodologies to identify genes controlling aphid resistance and to
incorporate them into advanced breeding lines.
Candidates should have a strong background in genetics, molecular
biology, plant breeding, or related discipline. Experience in genomic
technology, molecular mapping and QTL analysis, marker-assisted
breeding, and statistical/bioinformatic methods are desirable.
Documented ability to communicate effectively in English both writing
research publication and spoken language. Review of applications will
begin December 1, 2010, and continue until the position is filled.
Please send a letter of research interest and professional goals,
curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by email
to: yinghua.huang from ars.usda.gov or brett.carver from okstate.edu. For
additional information, please contact: Dr. Yinghua Huang, USDA-ARS
Plant Science Research Lab, 1301 N. Western Road, Stillwater, OK 74075,
(405) 624-4141, ext. 230.