Postdoctoral Fellowships-Center for Plant Science Innovation
University of Nebraska Lincoln
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Type: Full Time
Area of Focus:
Applied Plant Biology
Signals and Responses
Heuermann Postdoctoral Fellowships in Plant Science Innovation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Center for Plant Science Innovation (PSI, https://www.unl.edu/psi) at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) is seeking applications for postdoctoral fellowships that aim to develop and transition high caliber early career scientists to independent research careers. Heuermann Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to develop research projects of their design, under the mentorship of two or more UNL faculty members, including at least one PSI faculty member. Opportunities for career development, including course instruction, will be tailored to meet the career goals of Heuermann Postdoctoral Fellows. Two fellowships are available. One fellowship is open to candidates who wish to pursue projects in any aspect of fundamental and/or translational plant biology. A second fellowship is available for candidates who integrate high-throughput plant phenotyping (HTTP) into their projects using state-of-the-art greenhouse- and/or field-based systems at UNL. Successful candidates are expected to develop innovative, interdisciplinary projects that address agricultural grand challenges, ideally at the interface of fundamental and translational plant biology. Fellows will have access to faculty expertise across plant science, computational biology, and engineering and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment; such as the Nebraska Center for Biotechnology ( https://biotech.unl.edu/center-biotechnology) and Holland Computing Center (https://hcc.unl.edu/).
The starting annual salary is $60,000. Benefits and research funding will be provided to successful candidates. Projects will be supported for two years with a potential extension for a third year based on progress and availability of funding.
Application deadline: October 31, 2023
Earliest expected starting date: January 01, 2024
The application packet should include:
Cover letter expressing interest in the position
Description of a proposed research project, including the hypothesis to be explored, research approaches, expected outcomes, and research contingencies (3-page maximum)
Abstract of the PhD dissertation
Abstracts of up to three representative publications
Names and contacts of three professional references
Please send your application via email to Dr. Ed Cahoon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Yufeng Ge (email@example.com). In the email title clearly indicate “UNL-PSI Heuermann Postdoctoral Fellowships Application”. Attach the application packet as a single PDF file. Questions regarding this position and application process can also be directed to Dr. Ed Cahoon or Dr. Yufeng Ge.
PhD in plant science, biochemistry, biotechnology, engineering, computational biology, or related disciplines (Note: Candidates who are expected to complete PhD requirements within six months of the application deadline will also be considered.)
Publication-based evidence of scientific research caliber
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated experience in interdisciplinary research (Preferred)
Prior experience in plant phenomics research for the phenotyping-connected fellowship (Preferred)
The Center for Plant Science Innovation is an interdisciplinary research & development and training program in basic and translational plant sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). UNL is a public, research-intensive land-grant university in Lincoln, Nebraska and the flagship institution of the University of Nebraska state-wide system.