Graduate research assistantship in maize molecular genetics and genomics
October 4, 2018
Clemson, South Carolina
Full Time - Entry Level
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4 Year Degree
A graduate research assistantship for a Ph.D. program is available to work on maize molecular genetics and genomics in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. The assistantship will provide medical insurance, tuition waiver, and a competitive annual stipend. The student will work on a multidisciplinary team involving geneticists, statisticians, and structural engineers to dissect the genetic architecture of lodging resistance in maize and sorghum in Sekhon laboratory through an NSF-funded project (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1826715). The overarching goal of Sekhon laboratory is to use systems genetics to understand the genetic, physiological, and biochemical mechanisms underlying key agronomic traits. The student will be trained in the traditional field- and lab-based molecular genetics and statistical genomics. The student will be expected to conduct high-quality research, present their research to a broader scientific community, and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Expected start date is Spring 2019.
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a Bachelor’s degree with a strong educational background in plant genetics and statistics demonstrated by academic transcript. Candidates with a Master’s degree in plant genetics/genomics/biology and a demonstrated publication record will be preferred. Candidate should be a quick learner, prepared to work in a multidisciplinary team, and enthusiastic to work outdoors in field plots besides lab and computation work. Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills are a must.
About Clemson University
Founded in 1889, Clemson University is a land-grant university located in Clemson, South Carolina. The university is ranked 23rd among the national public universities by U.S.News & World Report. Clemson University is strongly committed to world-class research and high quality of life for its employees. Picturesque Clemson campus spans 1400 acres in the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains and along the banks of Hartwell Lake. Clemson is easily accessible from airports in Greenville and Atlanta.