Postdoctoral position on gene editing in wheat at Kansas State University

Postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). Wheat genomics and genetics laboratory seeks for a highly motivated candidate interested to work on the projects utilizing gene editing to modify genes controlling major agronomic traits in wheat. The successful candidate will identify genes controlling yield, nutritional quality, and disease resistance traits by applying functional genomics, genetics and bioinformatical approaches, use CRISPR/Cas9-based editing to create new allelic variants of these genes and evaluate phenotypic effects of gene editing in the genetic backgrounds of different wheat cultivars.

The candidate will have access to modern genomic instrumentation through the KSU Integrated Genomics Facility (, Metabolomics Facility (, and USDA Genotyping Lab ( Phenotypic evaluation of developed lines will be conducted in collaboration with scientists from the USDA ARS Hard Winter Wheat Genetics Research Unit, and KSU Wheat Quality Lab. The candidate will have a chance to interact with vibrant KSU research programs in plant genetics, genomics and breeding.

Requirements: Ph.D in plant genetics, molecular biology, or other related disciplines. The candidate will have knowledge of plant genetics and experimental techniques and approaches used in molecular biology and genomics. Hands-on experience in molecular cloning, genotyping, QTL mapping and expression analysis is desirable. Excellent organizational, written/verbal communication skills and ability to work in multicultural environment. Knowledge of basic Windows and/or Unix based computer programs for the analysis of genetic and genomic data. Ability to perform statistical analyses using SAS and/or R packages would be a plus.

To apply, use the following link to submit a cover letter describing research experience and future goals, CV, and e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three references:

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