Postdoctoral Research Associate - Citrus Genotyping

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Nov 8, 2023

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoc Aso

Job Description:

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The Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida is seeking a highly motivated and organized postdoctoral research associate to conduct research on genotyping by sequencing (GBS) and the development of markers for traits of economic importance. The successful candidate will be working at the University of Florida main campus in Gainesville, Florida.


Primary research responsibilities will include DNA extraction, sequencing and bioinformatic analysis (GBS) of citrus genomes, and the development of PCR-based molecular markers for disease resistance and flowering traits. Additionally, the research results are to be published in high-quality peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Duration of Appointment

The position is available starting January 3, 2024. The employment will be for 3 years.

Expected Salary: Commensurate with the education and experience of the candidate.

The University of Florida is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Sea Grant program, and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:
  • Ph. D. degree (foreign equivalent acceptable) in genetics, breeding, or related plant science field.
  • Experience with GBS bioinformatic analysis.
  • Experience with techniques such as DNA extraction, primer design, and real-time PCR.
  • Experience in experimental design and capable of working independently.
  • Self-motivated, attention to detail and accurate record keeping.
  • Strong work ethic, creativity, and agility to adapt in the face of changing project demands.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, and the ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Candidates must have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with GBS analysis, genomics, and molecular marker development.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF and submit:

    • Cover letter with a statement of pertinent qualifications and research interest
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 references
    • Unofficial graduate transcripts

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: No