Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantships - Colorado State University

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantships in wheat breeding and genetics

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University

Position: We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student to conduct
research in wheat breeding, genetics, and genomics at Colorado State
University. The research will combine molecular biology and bioinformatics
studies to characterize genetic variation controlling key traits in wheat,
such as grain yield, disease and insect resistance, coupled with breeding to
deploy novel variation and to aid the development of improved hard winter
wheat varieties for Colorado and the Great Plains. The research assistant
will work in laboratory, greenhouse, and field environments and will receive
training in molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, and breeding. This
position is funded through the Samuel and Hazel Litzenberger Fellowship in
Plant Breeding, which covers tuition, a competitive stipend, and benefits for
five years. The position will be jointly supervised by Dr. Stephen Pearce
(functional genomics
[3]) and Dr. Scott Haley (wheat breeding
[4]) and is anticipated to start in fall 2018.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a minimum of a B.Sc. in plant
genetics, breeding, molecular biology, or a related field. Preferred
candidates will have an M.Sc., possess strong data analysis skills, have
experience in breeding and/or molecular biology techniques, have experience
working in both field and laboratory environments, and demonstrate clear
ability in writing (such as peer-reviewed publications).
How to apply: Applicants are requested to submit a CV, academic transcripts,
a letter of motivation describing research interests, and contact information
for two references as a single PDF file to either Dr. Stephen Pearce
( [5]) or Dr. Scott Haley
( [6]). The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2018.
Further information on the plant breeding and genetics graduate program at
CSU can be found online
( [7]). Questions
regarding CSU’s graduate programs should be directed to Karen Allison,
student coordinator ( [8], 970-491-6295).
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Time remaining: 16%
07/17/2018 (4 weeks)