The Sacks lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is recruiting one qualified Postdoctoral Researcher through the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) to work on research project(s) within the Feedstock Production Theme of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI). The postdoctoral position is full-time, 1-year duration, with possibility of annual extension, contingent upon performance and funding.
Summary: A postdoctoral scientist with a strong background in plant genetics and genomics is sought to join an interdisciplinary team of researchers. The successful candidate will collaborate with dynamic research teams working on the genetic improvement of Miscanthus and energycane as feedstocks for bioenergy and bioproducts.
The successful candidate will lead efforts in developing and implementing genomic selection for population improvement of Miscanthus populations adapted to different environments including assessment of aerial high-throughput phenotyping to improve efficiency, genetic mapping of Miscanthus for abiotic stress tolerances and yield potential, and introgression of desirable genes from Miscanthus into sugarcane and learning how such introgressed genes respond to the new genetic background.
The candidates will work closely with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and technicians that are focusing on breeding, genetics and genomics, plant physiology, and ecology, which provides a highly collaborative and engaging work environment. We also actively collaborate with researchers in AL, FL, MS, and WI, so travel and interactions with other research groups is an another exciting aspect of the position.
The scientific goals of this position are to understand how Miscanthus genes affect yield-potential, regional adaptation and abiotic stress tolerance, the potential of these genes to improve sugarcane, and to develop more efficient methods for genetically improving these biomass/bioenergy crops.
Qualifications:The successful postdoctoral candidate will have a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding, Genetics or a related field. Experience in genomic selection, genome-wide association analyses, QTL mapping in biparental populations (especially outcrossed ones), RAD-Seq/GBS, R, and SAS are preferred, as is a proven publication record. Candidates should have great oral and written communication skills. Candidates must be willing and able to participate in field research activities including planting, data collection and harvest. Candidates will be considered if graduation with a Ph.D. is expected by the targeted starting date. Proficiency in spoken/written English is mandatory. The appointment is renewed annually, contingent upon the performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience in relevant research.
Starting Date: Ideal starting window ranges from 1 May, 2021, to 1 June, 2021, and prefer to start as soon as possible. The position is open till filled.
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About Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI)
One of the major challenges the world faces is how to provide sustainable sources of energy that meet societal needs as the population continues to grow. The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) will develop efficient ways to grow bioenergy crops, transform biomass into valuable chemicals, and market the resulting biofuels and other bioproducts.
The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center, is a collaboration between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB).