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[Arabidopsis] Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Breeding/Genetics/Genomics

Jerry Cohen via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by cohen047 from umn.edu)
Wed Oct 19 23:51:31 EST 2016

Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Breeding/Genetics/Genomics
9 month, 25% Teaching / 75% Research – Tenure-Track Appointment Department
of Horticultural
Science, University of Minnesota

Position Overview
The Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota seeks
applicants to fill a
tenure-track, assistant or associate professor position. The successful
candidate will be expected to develop a strong interdisciplinary,
internationally-recognized, extramurally-funded research program focusing
on the genetics/genomics/breeding of the cultivated potato (Solanum
tuberosum) and its close relatives.
About the Department of Horticultural Science
The University of Minnesota is a preeminent land-grant research and
teaching institution in a major urban area with a large and diverse student
body and recognized excellence in agricultural
research. The Department of Horticultural Science is a nationally
recognized department offering
highly ranked programs of study at the undergraduate, Master of Science,
Master of Professional
Studies, and PhD levels. The Department has many distinguished faculty who
have won numerous University, national and international awards for quality
teaching, outreach, and published research. The faculty work in a variety
of fields including plant breeding, molecular genetics, plant metabolomics,
plant stress biology, plant hardiness, postharvest physiology, agroecology,
and organic horticulture.

The University of Minnesota has centralized analytical services including,
among others, the
Genomics Center, Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, University
Imaging Centers, and the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute. The Department
maintains shared instrumentation for microscopy,  qRT-PCR, tissue culture,
plant growth and field facilities. In addition, the Department is home to a
well-equipped modern facility for Plant Metabolomics and related
technologies. The Department has a strong faculty commitment to modern
plant breeding and genetics of diverse horticultural species.
The University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station maintains
multiple Research and
Outreach Centers throughout the state for use by researchers.
Duties and responsibilities
Research (75%)
Research priorities for this position include next generation genetic
improvement of the cultivated
potato with coordinated efforts to understand the genetic basis for complex
agricultural and
quality traits of the potato at the molecular and genomic levels; exploring
the structure, function
and natural diversity of genomes; and creation of new and novel breeding
systems that lead to
development and commercialization of new cultivars. Essential to this
position will be development of collaborative research projects with
University of Minnesota researchers and regional plant breeding programs
focused on potato with the expectation of developing an awareness of
industry needs. The individual will be expected to publish regularly in
peer-reviewed journals appropriate to the discipline and to compete
successfully for external funding to support their program.

Teaching (25%)
The successful candidate is expected to have a strong commitment to
undergraduate and graduate education, teach coursework in horticulture, and
contribute to the department through service on assigned committees. The
individual in this position will be expected to teach one course each year
in compliance with the College's policy on teaching workload in the
Department of Horticultural Science. Additionally, there is an expectation
of participation in professional development opportunities supporting
teaching and advising. This position is also expected to provide academic
mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students in Horticultural Science.
●   Ph.D. or equivalent in a plant science/breeding, molecular
genetics/genomics or related field;
●   Experience with modern genetic techniques
●   Evidence of scholarly productivity and creativity, such as refereed
publications, presentations
in professional societies, etc.
●   Ability to integrate basic and applied research
●   Previous substantive contribution to cultivar development and release
●   Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication
●   Evidence of interest and ability to form collaborative partnerships -
within and across
university disciplines, across national/international institutions, and
with private industry
●   Evidence of teaching effectiveness
●   Evidence of excellence in teaching scholarship
●   Evidence of ability and willingness to effectively teach and mentor
students from a variety of
cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds at the undergraduate and/or graduate
●   Evidence of ability to secure extramural funding from public and/or
private sources

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and
inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in
supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting
and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its
programs, facilities,
and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national
origin, gender, age,
marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status,
sexual orientation, gender
identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail
employ from umn.edu or call
(612) 624-UOHR (8647).
Background Check Information
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a
background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are
eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify
finalists from employment.
Application Process:
Applications must be submitted online through employment.umn.edu (Search
Job Opening 313229, follow application instructions, and attach materials
below in online application system). Complete applications must include:

●        A cover letter including a general statement of interest in the
●        A statement of research goals and interests
●        A statement of teaching goals and interests
●        Detailed curriculum vitae with publication list
●        Contact information for three references

Review of applications will start on November 1, but the position will
remain open until filled.
Only complete applications will be considered.

Please note that during the interview process, applicants will be asked to
describe their
commitment, experience and approach to teaching and working with students,
colleagues and
constituents from diverse and underrepresented populations.

For specific questions, please contact Dr. Tom Michaels, Search Committee
Chair, at
michaels from umn.edu (612-624-7711)

Chair, Search Committee
University of Minnesota - Department of Horticultural Science College of
Food, Agricultural and
Natural Resource Sciences 305 Alderman Hall
1970 Folwell
St. Paul, MN 55108

We invite you to visit our website at http://horticulture.umn.edu

Prof. Jerry D. Cohen
Department of Horticultural Science
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN 55108 USA
Office phone: 612 624 9212

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