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Oklahoma State University
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Posted: 01/3/2018
Postdoctoral Fellow – Plant and Soil Sciences

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Tadege's laboratory at Oklahoma State University, Institute for Agricultural Biosciences in Ardmore to study the molecular basis of leaf blade development and flowering time in chickpea and sorghum. We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic postdoctoral scientist with experience in WGS-based gene cloning from induced mutants, mutant screening, sequencing data analysis, and sorghum transformation. The position is initially for one year and could be renewed contingent upon performance and funding availability. Essential Function: The successful incumbent will work on USDA funded project to dissect the molecular basis of leaf blade development and control of flowering time by cloning genes from deletion mutant populations of chickpea and sorghum using WGS approaches. Work involves transformation and testing functionality of candidate genes in sorghum. Candidates must have strong experience in Plant molecular biology techniques, WGS analysis, and sorghum genetic transformation. Candidates proficient in these and related techniques will be given priority. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required. The successful candidate will prepare draft manuscripts for publication in high impact peer reviewed journals and a record of such publications is desired. This is an 11-month, non-tenure track faculty position. Appointment period is academic year: July 1- May 31. Hours required may include some early mornings, evenings and/or weekends to meet research needs. Postdoctoral appointments are made for a term of one year or less. Reappointment for a total period of not more than three years may be made. Periodic field campaigns will require overnight travel. Travel budget provided.

Required qualifications: Ph.D. / Ed.D. in Plant Molecular Biology or Biochemistry. This position will require experience in WGS-based gene cloning from induced mutants, mutant screening, sequencing data analysis, and sorghum transformation. The applicant must have experience teaching undergraduate and graduate-level classes, as well as experience with mentoring undergraduates in independent research. Outdoor working conditions could include temperature extremes. Valid driver's license. Fluency in English.

Apply online at For assistance with the on-line application process or to request an accommodation to enable application, contact OSU Human Resources, 106 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 or call 405-744-7401. Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category.

OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)