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[Arabidopsis] Genomics Postdoc Position

M. David Marks via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by marks004 from umn.edu)
Thu Jan 12 18:42:06 EST 2017

Job Title: *Forever Green Genomics Post-Doctoral Associate*

Location: St. Paul, MN

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Genomics or closely
related field.

*Background/Duties/Responsibilities*: The Forever Green Initiative (FGI,
http://www.forevergreen.umn.edu/) at the University of Minnesota (UMN) has
received funding from to support a post-doctoral research associate to
develop new cover crops. The ultimate goals of the FGI are to improve
farmland environments by reducing soil erosion and nutrient leaching that
threaten both soil health and water quality. The postdoc will join a team
of investigators dedicated to creating new crops and cropping systems that
will provide a continuous living cover on the Upper Midwestern landscape.
This living cover will deliver ecosystem services needed to protect
farmlands and waterways, while increasing economic returns to farmers. The
goal of the postdoc will be to advance the utility of winter-hardy
lines of *Camelina
sativa* (camelina) and *Thlaspi arvense* (pennycress) as new oilseed crops
that can be grown during the fallow period between the harvest of corn and
the sowing of soybean. These new crops can produce biofuels and edible oils
without disrupting current farming practices. Both camelina and pennycress
are in need of trait improvements to facilitate their adoption as winter
double crops.  Strategies for making improvements are provided by the vast
store of knowledge gleaned from research on the related plant, *Arabidopsis
thaliana*. The fellow will focus on trait discovery, DNA marker
development, and association mapping. The fellow is expected to take an
active role in conceptualizing and leading new experiments and serving as a
team member in other projects. The incumbent will also, supervise graduate
and undergraduate students, aid in proposal writing as well as draft and
publish peer-review manuscripts.

The fellow will be supervised by *M. David Marks* (see:
http://cbs.umn.edu/contacts/david-marks) in the Department of Plant and
Microbial Biology. Start date is early 2017.


 Completion of Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Genetics, Genomics or closely
related field awarded no more than five years from initial date of
postdoctoral hiring.

 Experience working with large Illumina datasets or other genomics

*Preferred Skills and Training:*

 Demonstrated experience working in a Unix environment and utilizing high
performance computing resources

 Demonstrated experience with at least one programming language

 Working with CLC Genomics Workbench

 Working with Arabidopsis or other Crucifer

 Website maintenance

 Linkage and QTL mapping

 Experience in writing grant proposals

Appointment: This is a 100% time appointment. Initial appointment is for
one year. Renewal for second year is available upon successful progress.

Special Instructions: Applicants will be required to attach a CV, list of
publications, writing sample, and list of references to:

M. David Marks

Professor, University of Minnesota

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

140 Gortner Lab, 1479 Gortner Ave

Saint Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 612-625-6737; Email: marks004 from umn.edu

David Marks
Department of Plant Biology
University of Minnesota

140 Gortner Laboratory
1479 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

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