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Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Research Assistantship available (MS or Ph.D.) in Soybean Breeding, Genetic and Genomics

We are seeking a qualified applicant to purse a MS or Ph.D. degree in soybean breeding, genetics and genomics. Our research are focused on: 1) developing high-yielding soybean varieties with herbicide tolerance, enhanced seed composition, insect and pathogen resistance, 2) discovering QTL for traits of interest in soybean such as disease and insect resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, and seed composition using genome-wide associate study (GWAS) or bi-parent approaches, 3) identifying markers or marker haplotypes for marker-assisted selection, 4) conducting molecular breeding to pyramid or introgress QTL/genes into elite soybean lines, 5) performing genomic selection (GS) for yield and other traits of importance; and 6) conducting high throughput phenotyping using unmanned aerial vehicles. The individual is expected to conduct marker discovery and genotyping in the lab and perform phenotyping in the greenhouse or field.

Applicants should have a BS or MS degree in plant breeding and genetics, crop science, biotechnology, biology or related disciplines.  Excellent organizational skills, attention to details, strong written and verbal communication skills, and keen to learn new technologies were preferred.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunity

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Soybean Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (currently, no position is available)

We are seeking a qualified applicant to conduct research in soybean breeding, genetics and genomics. Our research are focused on: 1) developing high-yielding soybean varieties with herbicide tolerance, enhanced seed composition, insect and pathogen resistance, 2) discovering QTL for traits of interest in soybean such as disease and insect resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, seed composition using genome-wide associate study (GWAS) or bi-parent approaches, 3) identifying markers or marker haplotypes for marker-assisted selection, 4) conducting molecular breeding to pyramid or introgress QTL/genes into elite soybean lines, and 5) performing genomic selection (GS) for yield and traits of importance.

The individual is expected to conduct marker discovery and genotyping in the lab, develop new phenotyping methods and conducti phenotyping for the traits of interests in the greenhouse or field, interpret data, and publish the results in scientific journals.  Excellent organizational skills, attention to details, and strong written and verbal communication skills are required, and the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment is essential.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics or a related discipline with an excellent knowledge and good experience in marker/QTL discovery and molecular breeding. The background and experience in statistical analysis of sequencing and marker data is plus.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, CV and contact information for three professional references to

Dr. Zenglu Li
Professor in Soybean Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics

Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics & Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

Center for Applied Genetic Technologies
University of Georgia
111 Riverbend Road, Athens, GA 30602
Email: zli@uga.edu
Phone: (706) 542-9805 (O)