The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University seeks dynamic and highly-motivated candidates for an assistant/associate professor tenure-track position to direct the CSU Wheat Breeding and Genetics Program. This position includes a 60% research, 20% teaching, and 20% service appointment that is part of a series of hires in the area of Crop Breeding and Genetics.
The Colorado State University (CSU) Wheat Breeding and Genetics Program was initiated in 1963 to provide Colorado’s wheat industry with a source of locally-adapted winter wheat cultivars with superior adaptation for Colorado’s challenging climatic conditions. Program funding is provided via the partnership between the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station (CSUAES) and Colorado wheat industry groups, including the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) through the PlainsGold Brand. The successful candidate will also interact regularly with extension agents and specialists, AES research center staff, and producer-collaborators. Stewarding and supporting these existing relationships will be essential for the continued success of this program.
The selected candidate will be expected to lead an established, productive, well-funded, and well-staffed applied winter wheat breeding program focused on improvement of hard red and hard white wheat cultivars and germplasm adapted for dryland and irrigated production systems in Colorado and the west central Great Plains. As part of this effort, the selected candidate will conduct innovative and collaborative research that leads to an improved understanding of genetic and environmental factors that affect wheat yield and end-use quality. As part of the teaching responsibility, the selected candidate will contribute to teaching graduate or undergraduate level plant breeding courses, averaging about 2.5 credits/year.
Candidates should have a strong record of applied plant breeding research, experience or demonstrated capacity in program or project management, and capacity to implement new technologies to advance the field of wheat breeding. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to collaboration with research, industry, and producer groups. In support of departmental, college, and university priorities, the candidate will be expected to actively support an inclusive and diverse academic environment. Additionally, we expect the selected candidate to thoughtfully mentor graduate students, teach graduate and undergraduate students, participate actively in department activities, and support our stakeholders through service and outreach.
The CSU wheat breeding program represents a unique partnership between a public breeding program and local wheat growers. CSU-developed wheat varieties are marketed through the PlainsGold brand, which is owned by the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF). Through the CWRF, royalties and trait fees from PlainsGold seed sales are reinvested into the CSU wheat breeding program and wheat-related research. Additional funding is provided by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee through the 2-cent per bushel wheat assessment authorized by the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order. This combination of funding supports CSU wheat program staff, research expenses and equipment, and provides summer salary for this position.
Required Job Qualifications
• PhD in plant breeding, genetics, or a closely-related field (awarded by the application deadline) • Demonstrated capacity for successful integration of modern biometrics, phenomics, accelerated breeding approaches and/or genomics techniques in applied cultivar development • A strong record of scholarly/professional achievement commensurate with experience • Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information to a range of audiences • Demonstrated potential to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, stakeholders, and activities
Preferred Job Qualifications
• Demonstrated program and/or project management skills • Post-doctoral (or other post-PhD) experience in plant breeding, preferably with wheat or other self-pollinated crops • Evidence of clear potential or previous success in obtaining competitive research funding • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
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