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Research Associate in Biology
University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia
 
 
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Date Posted 12/14/2021
Category
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

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 individual will join a well-established research program aimed at legume improvement through molecular breeding with an emphasis traits associated with climate resiliency, improved nutritive value, and disease and pest resistance. The main targets are cowpea and other orphan legume crops for marginal environments in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior training and experience in plant molecular breeding, development and application of molecular marker technologies (e.g., use of SNPs, GWAS, etc) and basic plant pathology are required.
 

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 necessary would include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ability to perform genetic crosses and develop new populations for selected traits; ability to maintain existing seed inventory
  • Ability to perform routine molecular biological experiments including DNA extractions, PCR and amplicon analysis, genotyping using SSR and allele-specific SNP markers
  • Working understanding of basic bioinformatics and computational software for single trait and QTL mapping in biparental and advanced intercross populations for key biotic and abiotic constraints (e.g., Infinium iSelect SNP arrays, GWAS or alternative genotyping methods)
  • Ability to understand basic aspects of plant pathology (understanding of parasitic weeds a plus)
  • Capacity to work with diverse research sectors in developing countries and participation in meeting the molecular breeding strategies in collaboration with West African Cowpea Consortium breeders
  • Provide supervision and training for visiting scholars

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs  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 December 23, 2021; anticipate start date January 2022. 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 satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.

 

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Michael P. Timko at mpt9g@virginia.edu. Please note, however, that applications can only be accepted through the UVA jobs portal.

 

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

 

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits


COVID Vaccination Requirement
 

Due to the scope of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042  issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045  to reflect these new requirements.   

 

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption. 
 
Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements  webpage.  

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.



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 individual will join a well-established research program aimed at legume improvement through molecular breeding with an emphasis traits associated with climate resiliency, improved nutritive value, and disease and pest resistance. The main targets are cowpea and other orphan legume crops for marginal environments in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior training and experience in plant molecular breeding, development and application of molecular marker technologies (e.g., use of SNPs, GWAS, etc) and basic plant pathology are required.
 

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 necessary would include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ability to perform genetic crosses and develop new populations for selected traits; ability to maintain existing seed inventory
  • Ability to perform routine molecular biological experiments including DNA extractions, PCR and amplicon analysis, genotyping using SSR and allele-specific SNP markers
  • Working understanding of basic bioinformatics and computational software for single trait and QTL mapping in biparental and advanced intercross populations for key biotic and abiotic constraints (e.g., Infinium iSelect SNP arrays, GWAS or alternative genotyping methods)
  • Ability to understand basic aspects of plant pathology (understanding of parasitic weeds a plus)
  • Capacity to work with diverse research sectors in developing countries and participation in meeting the molecular breeding strategies in collaboration with West African Cowpea Consortium breeders
  • Provide supervision and training for visiting scholars

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs  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 December 23, 2021; anticipate start date January 2022. 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 satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.

 

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Michael P. Timko at mpt9g@virginia.edu. Please note, however, that applications can only be accepted through the UVA jobs portal.

 

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

 

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits


COVID Vaccination Requirement
 

Due to the scope of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042  issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045  to reflect these new requirements.   

 

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption. 
 
Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements  webpage.  

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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