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Clemson University
Posted: 05/31/2023
Post Doctoral Fellow - Plant & Environmental Sciences

Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences: Plant & Environmental Sciences
Post Doctoral Fellow – Plant & Environmental Sciences

Location: 304 BRC, Clemson University, Clemson, SC


The Gasic Laboratory at Clemson University is seeking a Post Doctoral Research Scientist to support the research activities of a recently funded four year USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program award to Washington State University, Clemson University, University of Florida, Auburn University, University of Queensland, and USDA ARS.

This highly collaborative project includes a diverse team of researchers working on crop breeding, genomics, genetics, curation, and bioinformatics. The project will expand the rosaceae, citrus, vaccinium and pulse crop databases to meet community demand for resources with usable big data aggregated, analyzed, integrated, and visualized, as well as data management and analysis tools.

Our objectives are to: (1) Collect, curate, and integrate all types of genomics, genetics, and breeding big data in easy-to-use and robust crop-specific databases, (2) Develop and integrate tools to promote the collection, integration, and utilization of big data by scientists and breeders, (3) Provide scientists/breeders with personalized training for field data collection software, big data management and analysis, and use of database resources, quantify impact of databases on genomics-assisted breeding, and broadly disseminate project activities and outcomes.

The Post Doc will support the activities (1) and (3) of the proposal for Rosaceae crops.

The ideal candidate for this position will have research and/or scientific data management experience in an agricultural or related field such as plant biology or crop breeding. The specialist, in collaboration with the project team, will curate genomic, genetic, and breeding data obtained from authors, publications, and/or other data repositories including historical data in breeding programs; create outreach and training materials; provide webinars and on-site training on how to use their crop community databases, the breeding information management system (BIMS), breeding data management tools; and be responsible for mass communications to database users. The position is a part of a Crop curator team that is composed of curators for Genome Database for Rosaceae (https://www.rosaceae.org/), Citrus Genome Database (https://www.citrusgenomedb.org/), Genome Database for Vaccinium (https://www.vaccinium.org/), and Pulse Crop Database (https://www.pulsedb.org/).

This position reports to Ksenija Gasic and the PDs of the Washington State University Main and Jung, and will closely work together with their cohort of other crop curators and outreach specialists. This position requires frequent travel including driving.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Curate genomic, genetic, and breeding data (check the necessary metadata, standardize the names, associate with ontologies, enter into data template, and upload to Genome Database for Rosaceae, www.rosaceae.org)

Help create outreach and training materials for specialty crop breeders and researchers

Provide webinars and on-site training on how to use the Rosaceae crop community database(s) and the Breeding Information Management System (BIMS) Manage mass communication to database users including newsletters and social media

Help organize and participate in workshops at conferences

Participate in preparation of scholarly publications

Essential Skills

Knowledge in genomics, genetics, and breeding in plant research and attention to detail.

This position requires the ability to scan scientific literature to extract necessary information for uploading data into databases. Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills. This position requires interacting with researchers and collaborating with the project team. A strong candidate for this position will be expected to be respectful of others cultures, identities and backgrounds. Excellent oral and written scientific presentation skills. This position requires preparation of webinars, in-person training, communications, and help developing manuals and instructional videos. Demonstrated ability for time management and use of informed judgment to make independent decisions. This position requires extensive curation of scientific literature as well as outreach duties. Desired Skills Familiarity with collaborative communication tools. Experience with large scale data/data analysis, data curation, familiarity with FAIR data management concepts.



Education – PhD in an agricultural or related field such as plant biology or plant breeding

Other requirements – Frequent air travel and driving is required.

Eligible for employment in the United States.

US driver’s license.

Application Instructions

Application instructions Please submit the following items electronically (PDF format) via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/126145)

• Cover letter

• CV

• Unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be needed prior to offer being made)

• Name, email address and phone number of three professional references

For full consideration, we ask to receive applications by June 30, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.

This is a 2.5 year, fixed term, grant funded appointment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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