Please circulate the ad below for a faculty position that is currently open for applications at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Job Opening ID (9426) Assistant/Associate Professor: Biomass Feedstock Molecular Physiology and Breeding
The position will be 80% research and 20% teaching.
Description: The University of Missouri (MU) invites applications for a 12-month tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor position in the area of Biomass Feedstock Molecular Physiology and Breeding. In order to make biofuels a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels, it is critical to develop non-food feedstock and tailor them to grow on marginal lands with low agronomic inputs and minimal environmental impacts. The new position will strengthen the existing expertise in the Department of Forestry and the Division of Plant Sciences in the areas of biomass feedstock production ecology, genetics, and physiology. This position is an integral part of University of Missouri's Mizzou Advantage initiative on Sustainable Energy and the candidate is expected to operate as part of a campus-wide multi-disciplinary team focused on the development of bioenergy and advanced biobased products. This is a joint position between the Department of Forestry/School of Natural Resources and the Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at MU.
The successful candidate is expected to aggressively seek extramural funding and establish a nationally and internationally recognized research program. Some key research areas may include but are not limited to (1) improving biomass production by herbaceous and woody feedstock species, (2) modification or altered regulation of lignin and/or polysaccharide biosynthesis in feedstock species, and (3) molecular marker-based breeding for specific feedstock traits, including abiotic stress tolerance.
The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate students is a requirement. The successful candidate is expected to teach an undergraduate whole-plant physiology course and other relevant undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the Forestry and Plant Sciences curricula at MU. Advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral scholars is expected.
Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in crop/tree breeding, genetics, forestry, agronomy, crop science, plant physiology, molecular biology or a related plant science discipline with training and experience in molecular genetics and plant breeding. Candidates should have a strong interest in bioenergy feedstock. The successful candidate is expected to possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
About MU: MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri System, has nearly 34,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is a land grant institution and a member of the Association of American Universities. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant university town that is consistently ranked among the top small cities to live in America.
To Apply: To apply for this position (job posting reference #XXXX), please visit the MU web site at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, narratives of research interests and teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
For additional information about the position, please contact Drs. Shibu Jose (joses from missouri.edu<mailto:joses from missouri.edu>) or Gary Stacey (staceyg from missouri.edu<mailto:staceyg from missouri.edu>), Search Committee Co-Chairs.
Benefit Eligibility: This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.
To request ADA accommodations, please call Human Resource Services at 573-882-7976. TTY users, please call through Relay Missouri, 1-800-RELAY (735-2966) or en Español at 1-800-520-7309.
Gary Stacey, Ph.D.
Assoc. Director, National Center for Soybean Biotechnology
Divisions of Plant Sciences and Biochemistry
271E Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Office phone: 573-884-4752
Lab Phone: 573-884-4799
email: staceyg from missouri.edu<mailto:staceyg from missouri.edu>
LAB WEBSITE: http://www.staceylab.missouri.edu/
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