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Assistant Professor, Small Grains Breeding & Quantitative Genetics (002879-2013)

The Department of Agronomy at Purdue University seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in small grains breeding and quantitative genetics to further strengthen a comprehensive plant breeding, plant genetics, crop improvement and crop management program.  The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded, internationally recognized, scholarly research program that utilizes modern plant breeding approaches for small grain crop improvement.  The successful candidate must also be committed to teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in plant breeding and quantitative genetics, mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, and fostering diversity.  Specific research foci shall include small grain germplasm enhancement and variety development, trait development that may involve novel applications of molecular biology and quantitative genetics for crop improvement, and development of improved methodologies for plant breeding and phenotyping (e.g. yield, stress tolerance, flour quality).  Although previous research experience in small grains breeding/genetics is desired, quantitative geneticists with excellent research accomplishments in other species are encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will develop and foster collaborations with researchers in small grains research and crop improvement at Purdue University and in the seed industry as well as other state, national and international crop improvement programs (e.g. http://tinyurl.com/purdueag; http://tinyurl.com/ARSPurdue; http://tinyurl.com/AgSeed). 

Qualifications: Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in plant breeding or related discipline such as agronomy, plant breeding, genetics, biology, or molecular biology.  Postdoctoral experience is desirable as is an interest in and/or experience in the international dimensions of crop genetics.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary is competitive and commensurate with education, training and professional experience, and an excellent fringe benefit package that includes retirement program, medical, life and disability insurance and sabbatical leave program.

The College:  The Department is part of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University that is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and Extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 320 faculty, 2650 undergraduate students, and 690 graduate students. Purdue Extension is comprised of campus specialists who partner with a statewide system of 270 professionals in all 92 counties delivering high-impact research-based programs to stakeholders in Indiana and around the world.The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at https://www2.ag.purdue.edu/Pages/strategicplan.aspx.

Application Procedure:  Qualified individuals are invited to send a letter of application, including a statement of research goals, teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae and contact information for four references (names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers) to: Dr. Mitch Tuinstra (c/o Jenny Kelly – jckelly@purdue.edu), Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN  47907-2054, Phone:  765-494-4774.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2013 and continue until a successful candidate is identified.  A background check is required for employment in this position.  For more information, please contact Search Committee Chair, Mitch Tuinstra (mtuinstr@purdue.edu).  Visit our Website at https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/Pages/default.aspx.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.