Background: The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Dallas (https://dallas.tamu.edu/) is seeking a highly motivated and goal-oriented researcher to join the turfgrass breeding program (https://dallas.tamu.edu/research/turf/). As a successful candidate, you will be a key member of a highly interactive, multidisciplinary team of turfgrass breeders and scientists developing new, resource efficient turfgrass varieties using both conventional and new and innovative methods of plant breeding. This position provides the opportunity to create real and beneficial impact at the leading edge of science and research and increasing the sustainability of turfgrass systems in a changing global climate.
Responsibilities: Research will include, but not limited to:
Development and integration of high-throughput phenotyping using ground-based and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs: drone) platform equipped with multispectral and thermal sensors for accurate detection of abiotic and biotic stresses in turfgrass breeding populations.
Ground-truthing the UAV-collected spectral data with visual quality data, digital image analysis and ground-based NDVI measurements.
Wide hybridization of turfgrasses for population improvement and evaluation of turfgrasses for biotic (major pathogens and insect pests) and abiotic traits (drought, shade, cold etc.) in the field conditions and controlled environments.
This breeding project is expected to have a strong interface with computer science; therefore, interest/knowledge in statistical analysis, data processing and analytics is important.
Preparation of draft manuscripts resulting from your research project for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
Presentation (oral and poster) of research results in scientific meetings and conferences as well as to the turfgrass industry clientele.
Assistance in writing progress reports to the funding agencies.
Other duties as assigned.
Ph. D in Plant Breeding, Genetics, Agronomy or related field;
Demonstrated analytical skills sufficient to troubleshoot data analysis problems and make recommendations;
Strong organizational and record-keeping skills;
Effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;
Strong time-management skills and ability to handle multiple tasks in parallel while working on multiple projects.
Ability to work with minimal supervision
Positive attitude and comfort in a team-based environment
Interested candidates should submit (1) their curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter stating how your past education and experiences have prepared you to be a suitable candidate for this position and (3) name and contact information of a minimum of three references.
Internal Number: R-024011
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