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Research Associate in Biology - Charlottesville - 22906

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Newcomb Hall, Virginia, US
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Oct 25, 2021

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The Department of Biology at the University of Virginia invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Laboratory of Dr. Michael Timko.
The department of Biology is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Timko. The research associate will participate in research aimed at legume improvement through molecular breeding with an emphasis on introgression of disease and pest resistance. The main targets are cowpea and other orphan legume crops for marginal environments. Prior training and experience in plant breeding, molecular breeding, diversity analysis and the use of current molecular marker technologies (SNPs, GBS) is required and knowledge of plant pathology (biotic stress) preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of a Ph.D. in plant breeding, plant genetic or related field and clear demonstration of expertise in molecular breeding through published works by the start date.

Anticipated skills would include, but not limited to, the following:
* Ability to perform genetic crosses and develop new populations for selected traits; ability to maintain existing seed inventory
* Perform routine molecular biological experiments including DNA extractions, amplicon analysis, genotyping using SSR and allele-specific SNP markers
* Developing robust PCR based genetic markers for targeted improvement of cowpea
* Understanding and using basic bioinformatics and computational software for single trait and QTL mapping in biparental and advanced intercross populations for key biotic and abiotic constraints of cowpea and other plants; experience with parasitic weeds a plus
* Analyze large SNP data sets derived from cowpea Infinium iSelect SNP array or alternative genotyping methods; ability to map short sequence reads and perform SNP calling a plus
* Developing molecular breeding strategies in collaboration with West African Cowpea Consortium breeders
* Provide supervision and training for visiting scholars
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at [] [] [] [] [] [] []and attach the following: a cover letter that summarizes your research interests and professional goals, curriculum vitae with list of publications, and contact information for three (3) references.
Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2020 but the position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.
This is a one-year appointment that may be renewed for up to two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.
For questions regarding this position, please contact Michael Timko, Professor, at
For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at
For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit [] and []
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