The Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance (IGCAST) is a new institute at Texas Tech University (TTU) with the mission to conduct top-ranked research and graduate education on the use of functional and population genomics to understand the molecular mechanisms that determine the resilience to adverse environmental stress in crop plants and related wild species. IGCAST aims at integrating an interdisciplinary team of scientists to conduct internationally competitive, multidisciplinary research to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture. IGCAST is seeking to recruit two tenure-track faculty members at the level of assistant or associate professor, who will have an academic appointment at the Plant and Soil Science Department/College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Molecular Crop Improvement: Candidates should have a strong background in quantitative genetics, molecular biology, and genomics, with proven experience in the use of genome editing technologies to create novel genomic diversity. Applicants with experience in using genome-editing strategies of regulatory regions to create genetic or epigenetic variants are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates should employ a systems approach to study abiotic stress responses from whole-plant to cell-specific molecular responses.
Crop Population Genomics: Candidates should have a strong background in quantitative genetics and genomics, making full use of high throughput phenotyping, genome-wide and phylogenomic based studies. Applicants with experience in field-phenotyping using a drone or satellite-based imaging are strongly encouraged.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in plant biology, plant sciences, genetics, agronomy, or related field with at least two years of postdoctoral experience. Good record of internationally competitive research and ability to aggressively pursue competitive funding from national and international sources. Appointees are expected to develop an internationally recognized program in crop genome research, combining fundamental research and education with application to crop improvement for abiotic stress tolerance
Appointees will have access to a new state of the art plant growth facility that includes three fully automatized greenhouses integrated with walk-in growth chambers to work with conventional and transgenic plants. Appointees will teach one graduate course per semester, starting the second year after joining TTU.
Applicants should send a CV, PDFs of their three most important publications, a three-page description of their scientific accomplishments and proposed research program and the names of three references. A full description of positions and the system to submit applications are available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/workattexastech.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience (see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/benefits/). Employment contracts will be on an annual basis until tenure is granted and contingent on positive annual evaluations. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Luis Herrera-Estrella, Search Committee Chair, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-2122, Phone (806) 834-4325; email: Luis.Herrera-Estrella@ttu.edu. Review of the applications will begin May 1st, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. Expected starting date is Fall 2019.