Post-Doctoral Associate

University of Minnesota

Job Description

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Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Nematology or related discipline such as plant pathology, agronomy, entomology, and plant genetics.

Preferred Qualifications:
Have Nematology research work experience.
Published record of quality research in the relevant fields.
Familiarity with bioinformatic techniques such as QTL and candidate gene identification.
Strong analytical skills and proven technical writing and presentation skills.
Willingness to work as part of a diverse team of scientists and stakeholders.

A post-doctoral researcher position for a highly motivated researcher is available at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) in Waseca, Minnesota. This is a collaborative research with a team of scientists at the SROC and the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota (UMN). The research will focus on the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) in pennycress, a newly domesticated winter oilseed cover crop intended to be relay or double-cropped with soybean in Minnesota and the north central USA. The overall goal of the research is to reduce damage caused by SCN in pennycress and soybean. Specifically, the successful candidate will study SCN overwinter survival in pennycress and SCN resistance/susceptibility in pennycress germplasm lines. The successful candidate will perform experiments, keep detailed records, analyze, and synthesize data, present results at local and national meetings, and prepare manuscripts for publication. The position offers opportunities to engage stakeholders and collaborate with multiple research groups at the UMN, and other universities in pennycress research. The researcher also has opportunities to observe and participate in other SCN research projects.

Funds are available for two years. Initially, the position is offered for one year, and continued appointment is contingent upon the candidate’s performance. There is possibility of more year(s) appointment depending on performance and funding availability. Minimum salary is: $54,840

Note: These are not positions to which permanent residency can be granted for international appointees. Supervisor and PI is Dr. Senyu Chen (chenx099@umn.edu).

Job Duties:
70% Performing experiments and SCN-resistance phenotyping
10% Data analysis
10% Writing reports and publications
5% Presenting results at professional meetings and career development, and in outreach events.
5% Having opportunity, but not required, to supervise research staffs including undergraduate and graduate students, and technicians.

The successful applicant will work in the Nematology Laboratory of Dr. Senyu Chen at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) in Waseca, MN, which is a branch research center of The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. The research involves scientists in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics on the campus. Dr. Chen is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, UMN. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to interact with colleagues in the Plant Pathology and Agronomy and Plant Genetics departments in Saint Paul, MN.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Required Documents needed by the applicant to submit
1. Resume/CV
2. A letter of interest, highlighting relevant experience, and including background and interests.
3. List of three references
Only selected candidates will be informed for further consideration.

This position will remain open until filled. Review of the position will start on April 15. The position is available on September 1, 2024.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-8647.

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: http://diversity.umn.edu

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.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America’s Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).

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