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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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HOW TO APPLY: Virginia State University only accepts applications through the online state Recruitment Management System (RMS). E-mailed, mailed and faxed applications will not be accepted. Resumes do not substitute for a completed online state application. Interested persons must attach a letter of interest, a current resume/vita, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (if available) of three professional references. Your name and the position number (FO408) must be clearly identifiable on each item submitted. Official transcripts and three (3) letters of reference will be required prior to employment. Please prepare your application package including: 1) a cover letter addressing interest and research plans, 2) resume, 3) academic transcripts, and 4) a list of three references (name, official address, phone number, and email address). Visit https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com to complete an online application. For more information on the soybean program, contact Dr. Guo-Liang Jiang, Phone: (804)524-5953 and Email: gjiang@vsu.edu. The selected candidate must pass a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, and must complete a Statement of Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable. VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AND VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Role Title Assistant Professor - 01014
Job Open Date 01/12/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No
Hiring Range Salary will be commensurate with education and work experience
Agency VA State University Coop Ext & Agri (234)
Agency Website http://www.vsu.edu
Location Chesterfield - 041
Sublocation
Position Number FO408
Job Posting Number 1033304
Type of Recruitment General Public - G
Does this position have telework options? No
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference No
Job Type Full-Time (Salaried)
Job Type Detail Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Pay Band UG
Job Description

Agricultural Research Station at Virginia State University (VSU) invites applications for a Research Associate or Postdoctoral Fellow position. This is a non-faculty exempt, 100% research position with 12-month appointment renewable depending upon performance. The successful candidate will be a highly self-motivated team member of the established and nationally-recognized soybean/edamame breeding program. He/she will work independently and cooperatively with the project leader, research manager/specialists, students and collaborators.

Duties and Responsibilities: The major responsibility is to implement a research project that is funded by USDA-NIFA CBG grant for three years. The individual will conduct research on soybean/edamame breeding and genetics, assist and report to the project leader in all aspects of the research program. The research will involve characterization of quality (protein, oil, fatty acids, amino acids, etc.), resistance, agronomic and yield traits; evaluation and selection of promising lines; identification of molecular markers associated with target traits; and application of novel technologies to variety improvement. The duties include but not limited to experiment design and implement, data collection and analysis, result presentation and publication, and participation in grant proposal writing. Coordination of research activities and supervision of students and hourly employees are also expected.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in plant breeding and genetics or related fields, or MSc with equivalent ability and experience of at least three years of work experience in the field is required. The incumbent should have received extensive training and have hands-on experience in applied and basic research, experimental design and implementation, laboratory experiments and field trials, data collection and statistical analysis, QTL mapping, GWAS and DNA marker application, effective communication skills in both verbal and written English. Experience in soybean research and demonstrated ability in scientific publication will be plus.

Preferred Qualifications
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Special Instructions to Applicants

HOW TO APPLY: Virginia State University only accepts applications through the online state Recruitment Management System (RMS). E-mailed, mailed and faxed applications will not be accepted. Resumes do not substitute for a completed online state application. Interested persons must attach a letter of interest, a current resume/vita, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (if available) of three professional references.

Your name and the position number (FO408) must be clearly identifiable on each item submitted. Official transcripts and three (3) letters of reference will be required prior to employment.

Please prepare your application package including: 1) a cover letter addressing interest and research plans, 2) resume, 3) academic transcripts, and 4) a list of three references (name, official address, phone number, and email address). Visit https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com to complete an online application.

For more information on the soybean program, contact Dr. Guo-Liang Jiang, Phone: (804)524-5953 and Email: gjiang@vsu.edu.

The selected candidate must pass a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, and must complete a Statement of Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable.

VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AND VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

Contact Information

Name Debra Person-Cooper
Phone (804) 524-6846
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Virginia State University
Office of Human Resources
Box 9412, 1 Hayden Drive
Virginia Hall, Room 101
Petersburg, VA 23806

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  1. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only);
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    • No
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  2. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
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    • No
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