Development, Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Signals and Responses
A postdoctoral research associate position is available to work in the area of maize molecular genetics and physiology in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University (http://www.clemson.edu/genbiochem/people/rsekhon.php). The position will be focused dissecting the genetic architecture of key physiological 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 genomic approaches, functional validation of candidate genes, and communication of results in peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, and project reports. Candidates with experience in gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 in maize or other grasses would be preferred. Clemson University has an excellent group of faculty with diverse expertise and the candidate will have ample opportunities to collaborate with experts in informatics, metabolomics, population/quantitative genetics, and comparative genomics. The candidate will have access to a state-of-the-art high-performance computing resource. The candidate will be eligible (and encouraged) to write federal grants for the advancement of his/her career.
A Ph.D. in molecular genetics, plant physiology, plant genomics or related discipline. Strong and proven expertise in molecular genetics and plant physiology is a must. Expertise in gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 and plant transformation of grasses will be preferred. Quantitative genetics with programming skills for statistical analyses (R/SAS), Unix environment, and next-generation sequence data analysis with relevant programming skills (Perl/Python) is a plus. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required. Demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals is a must. Preferred qualifications include a record of publication in the field of plant molecular genetics and/or genomics, and knowledge of plant physiology and metabolism.
Founded in 1889, Clemson University is a land-grant university located in Clemson, South Carolina. The university is ranked 23rd among the national public universities by U.S.News & World Report. Clemson University is strongly committed to world-class research and high quality of life for its employees. Picturesque Clemson campus spans 1400 acres in the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains and along the banks of Hartwell Lake. Clemson is easily accessible from airports in Greenville and Atlanta.