A post-doctoral research scholar position is available for up to five years to expand the use of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) as highly water-use efficient, highly productive, and climate-resilient biomass feedstock for semi-arid regions of the U.S. The project will leverage existing public plant breeding infrastructure through collaboration with the USDA ARS National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resource Unit (NALPGRU) in Parlier, CA and incentivize industry participation by optimizing germplasm selections and testing of production parameters, such as water, fertilizer, viral, microbial, and insect pest management, thereby reducing risks for future investments by the private sector. This research project is expected to have a major and transformative impact on the mainstream development of this biomass crop for water-limited environments in the semi-arid and arid regions of the southwestern US. Furthermore, this project will result in the development of water-wise and climate-resilient biomass feedstock production systems ensuring sustainable biomass production in the face of hotter, drier climates of the future. For more information about the project please see: Cushman JC et al. (2015) Development and use of bioenergy feedstocks for semi-arid and arid lands. J. Exp. Bot. 66: 4177–4193 and the project website: (https://naes.unr.edu/opuntia/).
The position is in the laboratory of Dr. John Cushman in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno (https://www.unr.edu/bmb) in collaboration with the National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resource Unit (NALPGRU) in Parlier, CA (https://www.ars.usda.gov/pacific-west-area/davis-ca/natl-clonal-germplasm-rep-tree-fruit-nut-crops-grapes/docs/national-arid-land-plant-genetic-repository-parlier-ca/). The University of Nevada, Reno has well-established, state-of-the-art genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics facilities.
Apply on line at https://www.unr.edu/hr/job-opportunities; https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UNR-external/job/University-of-Nevada-Reno---Main-Campus/Postdoctoral-Scholar_R0110014-1
Attach the following attachments to your application: Cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references. The position will remain open until filled.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a molecular life science field and a solid background in molecular biology, biochemistry, functional genomics, and bioinformatics. Experience and expertise with functional genomics, genome assembly and annotation, and plant bioinformatics is an asset, but is not required.
Internal Number: R0110014
About University of Nevada, Reno
Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.
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