Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biology - 25236
Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO

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Essential Functions

A postdoctoral position is available in a biology lab at Washington University in St. Louis, for work on an NSF project examining the evolutionary genomics of weedy rice. This project seeks to understand the mechanisms underlying the evolution of weedy strains of rice, which have become a major agricultural weed worldwide. The position will involve close collaboration with researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Caicedo lab), the National Rice Research Center (Gealy and Jia labs), and the University of Arkansas (Burgos lab).

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating a SNP genotyping project and conducting a QTL mapping study of weed-adaptive traits. Opportunities will also exist for collaboration on population genetic analyses of neutral and candidate gene sequences, as well as the development of independent research projects.

Required Qualifications

A PhD in population genetics, bioinformatics, or plant genetics is required, as are excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience with next generation sequence data, SNP genotyping, or other large genetic datasets is desirable.

Salary Range

Commensurate with education and experience.

Applicant Special Instructions

The position is available for one year, with the possibility of extensions beyond that time. Starting date is negotiable with a perferred start date of May 2013. Applications should include a brief cover letter (including contact information for three references) and a CV.

EOE Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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