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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

To cope with newly emerging diseases and pests, environmental extremes, and increasing demand for enhanced quality, breeders need to discover genes controlling the corresponding traits from new genetic resources and develop efficient selection methods to accelerate the breeding processes. This is a 100% research position with a 12-month appointment renewable depending upon funding availability.

The successful candidate will be a highly self-motivated team member of the established and nationally recognized soybean genetics and breeding program. Candidate will work independently and cooperatively with the project leader, technicians, graduate students, and collaborators. 

The successful candidate's goals are to discover genomic loci/genes that control different traits and to incorporate the newly identified loci/genes into elite breeding lines. The duties will include but not limited to: screen germplasm for traits of interests; develops populations for mapping traits in the field and greenhouse; evaluates soybean populations for different traits especially disease resistance and seed quality; performs SNP and other marker genotyping for breeding lines; collect and analyze data; participate in the soybean breeding program; and write research proposals and manuscripts.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -plant genetics and breeding

Minimum Requirements

Ph. D with extensive expertise in plant genetics and breeding, including procedures, methods and techniques which are applied in the field, such as crossing, breeding population development, QTL mapping and GWAS analysis, and gene functional analysis.

Desired Qualifications

Broad professional knowledge of the scientific theories and principles which underlie plant molecular biology, biochemistry, and physiology as applied to plant genetics and breeding. Skill and experience of a range of plant molecular biology techniques including SNP discovery, primer design, molecular marker genotyping, gene expression analysis, etc.  Skill and experience of working in the greenhouse and field for the evaluation of soybean biological traits independently. Skill in experimental design, statistical analysis of genetic and genomic dataset using software or self-written scripts. Ability to make refined observations, interpret their genetic implications, and write manuscripts for publications.

Required Application Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter addressing interest and research plans addressed to DR. Dechun Wang
  • Names and Contact Information for Three (3) professional References

Special Instructions

For more information regarding position please reach out to Dr. Dechun Wang (

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