A postdoctoral research associate position is available to work in the area of maize molecular genetics and genomics in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University. The position will be focused dissecting genetic architecture of key agronomic and compositional traits in maize using a combination of genomic, transcriptomic, and molecular genetics approaches. Responsibilities will include independent research in the generation and analysis of phenotypic and next generation sequencing data, dissection of complex trait architecture using appropriate statistical genomic approaches, functional validation of candidate genes, and communicate results in the form of peer-reviewed publications, conferences presentations, and project reports. Substantial data is already available for candidate to analyze, build upon, and publish quickly. Clemson University has been strengthening faculty expertise in omics/systems genetics, and the candidate will have excellent opportunities to collaborate with experts in bioinformatics, computational biology, metabolomics, population/quantitative genetics, and comparative genomics. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art high performance computing resource (http://citi.clemson.edu/palmetto/).
Qualifications: A Ph.D. in molecular genetics, plant physiology, plant biology or related discipline. Strong and proven expertise in molecular genetics, quantitative genetics with programming skills for statistical analyses (R and/or SAS) in Unix environment, and working knowledge of next generation sequence data analysis along with relevant programming skills (Perl/Python). Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a strong publication record. Demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals is a must.
Preferred Qualifications: A record of publication in the field of plant molecular genetics and/or genomics. Knowledge of plant physiology and metabolism. Experience with the manipulation and analysis of large data sets derived from next-gen sequencing and phenotyping.
Pay & work schedule: Standard hours: 37.5. Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience. This position is funded for three years and contingent to performance review and availability of funds after each year.
How to Apply: A letter of interest in the position, C.V., and contact information for three references should be emailed to Rajan Sekhon at sekhon from clemson.edu<mailto:sekhon from clemson.edu>. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Rajandeep Sekhon, Ph.D.
Department of Genetics and Biochemistry
105 Collings Street
314 Biosystems Research Complex
Clemson, SC 29634