A postdoctoral research associate position will be available at the U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center (ALARC), Plant Physiology and Research Genetics Unit (PPG) beginning September 2012. ALARC is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and is located in Maricopa, Arizona. The main goal of this position is elucidation of genetic mechanisms governing natural variation for plant lipid metabolism. Specifically, this postdoc will apply genome-wide genetics and genomics approaches toward understanding the basis of quantitative variation for seed lipid content and composition in the commercial oilseed species, Brassica napus. Applicants should have a Ph.D. and experience with molecular genetics or genomics. Applicants having previous experience applying genomic tools to elucidate cellular processes underlying lipid metabolism are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record, exhibit creativity in their work, and enjoy collaborative interactions. The position will initially be available for 1 year with renewal of up to 3 years based on performance.
ALARC is a new state-of-the-art research center (since 2006) on a 2000 acre University of Arizona research and demonstration farm. The PPG Unit (http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=53-47-10-10) includes a dynamic group of scientists with stable funding, located in a rural setting near Phoenix Arizona. Excellent collaborations exist with both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should access the web site http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/319892800#TopofPage
to learn more about the position and application procedures. U.S. citizenship is required. Please include in a cover letter a description of your research interests and career goals. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
U.S. Department of Agriculture