The Department for Crop Sciences, Division of Plant Breeding Methodology, at the Georg-August-University Göttingen is offering a position as a
Postdoctoral scientist (Research assistant)
– salary group 13 TV-L –
for a three-year fixed-term duration. The position is full-time (39.8 hours per week).
***Remote employment is a possibility***
The research assignment for the postdoc is to perform experimental evolution studies and genomic prediction using maize. The hired scientist will have access to genotype and phenotype data from a replicated maize experimental evolution population and will be tasked with leading the ongoing field, lab and analysis of that population. The opportunity to initiate experimental evolution research on model species such as algae may also be explored, depending on the interests of the applicant. All research will be conducted under the mentorship and supervision of the Göttingen Professor of Plant Breeding Methodology. Limited teaching at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level is also expected.
The tasks include:
· Research in the area of quantitative, evolutionary and population genetics including:
o Selection mapping, GWAS and Genomic Prediction using genotypic and phenotypic data collected from a maize experimental evolution population
o Experimental maize field management including planning, planting, phenotyping and harvesting
o Lab work including DNA extraction and library preparation for genotyping
· Teaching as assigned by the Professor of Plant Breeding Methodology
· Mentoring Bachelor, Master and PhD theses
· Writing and publishing scientific manuscripts (approximately 2 publications per year expected)
· Participation in scientific meetings
· Assistance in fulfilling the general tasks of the chair
Your profile requires:
· A PhD in plant breeding, animal breeding, quantitative genetics, population genetics, evolutionary genetics or a related field
· Thorough knowledge of quantitative genetics
· Experience in advanced statistics and data analysis
· Coding skills and experience including R and Unix/Linux scripting
· Experience and interest in lab work, or an eagerness to learn
· Experience and interest in crop field work, on an eagerness to learn
· A proven record of publishing scientific manuscripts
· Excellent or fluent English skills
The University of Göttingen strives to increase the proportion of female employees in fields where women are underrepresented and thus encourages qualified people of all genders to apply. Severely disabled people with suitable corresponding qualifications will be given priority.
Applications should include a statement of interest, a CV, copies of two recent publications, and a sample of original code (written for R or a comparable platform). Applications should be sent to Prof. Tim Beissinger: email@example.com . Applications will be evaluated as they are received.
Interviews will be conducted upon consultation by video.
Prof. Tim Beissinger is available for questions regarding the position: firstname.lastname@example.org.