​Tuinstra Lab Employment Opportunities


Open Positions:


Agronomy Research Technician - posted 12/2013

This position will primarily be located on a research farm near Willcox, AZ with some travel to West Lafayette, IN required.  The Research Technician will be in charge of daily activities relating to Maize research dealing with heat and drought tolerance testing of experimental hybrid lines. This person will help design the research trials, assemble and sub-packet seed, plant, maintain plots (fertilize, control weeds and insects, irrigate, etc.), collect required data using a variety of research equipment, collect tissue samples, harvest and process seed.

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Sorghum Geneticist/Trait Development - posted 12/2013

A postdoctoral position is available immediately at Purdue University in the labs of Mitch Tuinstra and Cliff Weil (Dept. of Agronomy) as part of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant entitled “Developing a Functional Gene Discovery Platform for Sorghum Improvement”.  The Postdoctoral Associate for this project will work in our trait development and gene discovery program in sorghum.  With support of the BMGF, we are developing a functional genomics platform represented by 600 EMS mutants that have been characterized by whole genome re-sequencing.  The Research Associate will use this resource in combination with diversity panels representing the standing genetic variation of sorghum to identify and validate genes that influence the expression of important end-use and production traits.  Primary responsibilities will involve: 1) characterization of natural genetic variation in key food and feed quality characteristics at a population level; 2) validation of results obtained from genome-wide association studies (GWAS); and 3) functional characterization of genes and alleles of interest by forward and reverse genetic strategies. The scientist will be responsible for planning and performing experiments, data collection and proper record keeping, data analysis and interpretation, updating and troubleshooting of new protocols and techniques, and regular reporting and publication of research progress to ensure timely deliverables on the grant. The position is renewable annually, contingent on satisfactory performance. 

Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD in Plant Genetics, Plant Molecular Biology, or a related field, and a strong publication record. The successful candidate should work well in a team and interact efficiently with scientists across different disciplines. The ability to write clearly in English and strong verbal communication skills are required. Familiarity with population genetics and bioinformatics/computational biology are highly desirable. 

Applications should include a brief cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and names of at least two references. Email applications in PDF format to Mitch Tuinstra (drmitch@purdue.edu).​


Post-doctoral Research Associate – Maize Geneticist/Plant Breeder - posted 12/2013

A postdoctoral research position is available immediately at Purdue University in the lab of Mitch Tuinstra.  The research associate will work in our maize and sorghum genetics and trait development program to identify and validate genes that influence the expression of late-season drought tolerance and heat-stress tolerance traits.  Primary responsibilities will involve: 1) characterization of natural genetic variation for adaptation traits in maize and sorghum at a population level; 2) validation of results obtained from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) or bi-parent linkage mapping populations; and 3) functional characterization of genes and alleles of interest by forward and reverse genetic strategies. The scientist will be responsible for planning and performing experiments, data collection and proper record keeping, data analysis and interpretation, updating and troubleshooting of new protocols and techniques, and regular reporting of research progress. The position is renewable annually, contingent on satisfactory performance.

Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD in Plant Genetics, Plant Molecular Biology, or a related field, and a strong publication record. The successful candidate should work well in a team and interact efficiently with scientists across different disciplines. The ability to write clearly in English and strong verbal communication skills are required. Familiarity with population genetics and bioinformatics/computational biology are highly desirable.

Applications should include a brief cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and names of at least two references. Email applications in PDF format to Mitch Tuinstra (drmitch@purdue.edu).​​


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Dr. Mitch Tuinstra