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Postdoctoral Fellow - Wheat Quantitative Genetics and Breeding
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Posted 05/07/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow - Wheat Quantitative Genetics and Breeding
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202100415AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $50,000-$59,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. .

Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 06/01/2021
Description of Work Unit

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research, and outreach to solve the world’s most pressing food production issues and crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food production and ecosystem function and protection.

Position Summary

The Wheat Breeding Program at Colorado State University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to contribute to our mission of variety development and applied-basic research to improve the understanding of genetic and environmental factors that affect wheat yield and end-use quality. The postdoctoral fellow will utilize the wealth of genomic, phenomic, and environmental data currently available in the program to develop breeding strategies that increase efficiency and maximize genetic gain. Target traits/areas include but are not limited to selection/genomic selection for grain yield, baking and milling quality, pest resistance, and plant adaptation to current and future climate scenarios and production systems. A strong interest to participate in an applied plant breeding program is required. Candidates with a background in computer science, statistics, modeling, and/or experience in big data and simulated data analysis are encouraged to apply. To learn more about the CSU Wheat Breeding Program see:

Required Job Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in plant breeding, genetics, statistics, computer science, or related field (by the start of the appointment)
  • Demonstrated expertise in statistical and computational approaches to genetics
  • Strong interest in applied plant breeding
  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the proposed start date. The department will not sponsor a visa for this position.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated written and oral communications skills
  • Experience working in an applied plant breeding program
Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research

• Designing and carrying out data analysis using historical data, collecting new experimental data, and/or simulation of data and breeding strategies. Using quantitative and computational genetics to develop cost-effective and time-saving approaches to plant breeding.
• Participate in applied aspects of the plant breeding program as necessary and to gain experience to be effective in this position and future positions.
• Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as needed and based on area(s) of expertise.

Percentage Of Time 70
Job Duty Category Authorship

• Draft, edit, and submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed academic journals (as a collaborating author).
• Prepare manuscripts for publication by synthesizing, analyzing and interpreting results.
• Submit manuscripts to peer review journals and address reviewer comments

Percentage Of Time 30

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by June 1, 2021. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) contact information of three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, .

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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