Job Description:
The Crop Genetics Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi seeks a Research Plant Molecular Biologist/Geneticist for a three-year post-doctoral appointment. The incumbent will join a multidisciplinary team conducting research to develop improved upland cotton germplasm with reniform nematode resistance. The incumbent will conduct molecular genetic investigations aimed at dissecting the genetic control of reniform nematode resistance in cotton. The assignment is to use molecular, genomic or genetic approaches to: 1) study expression, regulation and function of genes associated with reniform nematode resistance; 2) characterize spatial, temporal, and genotypic variation in gene expression and mechanisms leading to this variation; and 3) discover and validate DNA markers associated with resistance for marker-assisted selection to enhance the introgression of resistance into upland cotton.

How to Apply:
Send application materials to Dr. John Erpelding, USDA-ARS-CRGU, P.O. Box 345, Stoneville, MS 38776 or USDA-ARS is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The position requires a Ph.D. in plant molecular biology, plant genetics, plant physiology, plant biochemistry, plant pathology or related field. Knowledge of current methods used in plant molecular biology, including techniques used in DNA marker discovery and gene expression analysis are highly desirable. Knowledge or experience using statistical software for genomics-based analysis is needed. Although a US citizen is preferred, non-US citizens are welcome to apply. For more details about this position, please contact Dr. John Erpelding (Tel: 662 686 5220) or Dr. David Fang (, Tel: 662 686 5401 or 504 655 0068).