The Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC), part of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), is seeking qualified individuals to join our plant breeding team. Please see the job descriptions below for more information.
Plant Breeding Scientist
The plant breeding program at MREC is seeking a highly motivated scientist to conduct studies in Hops breeding. This position requires a strong background and interest in plant breeding or genetics, a desire to work on both applied and molecular approaches and experience in data analysis using R.
Applicants should also have experience with tissue culture, effective writing and presentation skills as well as a demonstrated record of research productivity as evidenced by quality publications. This position has an anticipated start date of September 2018 and salary is competitive and will commensurate with background and experience. The position term is two years and renewable contingent on funding and performance.
Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Plant Breeding
Do you have a passion for plants and interest in working with CRISPR/Cas9 during your doctoral program? MREC seeking a highly motivated student to join our plant breeding program, with a graduate assistantship immediately available in the Department of Environmental Horticulture.
The candidate's primary project will focus on the development of ornamental plants with enhanced abiotic stress tolerance and disease resistance. The candidate will maintain a newly developed mapping population and perform phenotypic evaluation for genetic analysis as well as prepare a DNA library for illumina sequencing and analyze data for genetic mapping. The candidate will also receive training in plant biotechnology to develop gene-edited ornamental and vegetable mutants using CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cplf. This multidisciplinary program combines education in genetics, molecular biology, genomics, tissue culture, plant physiology and plant pathology in the heart of Florida's nursery industry.