Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life
Sciences: Plant & Environmental Sciences
Post Doctoral Fellow - Plant & Environmental
Location: 304 BRC, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
The Gasic laboratory at Clemson University is seeking a Post
Doctoral Research Scientist to support the research activities of a
recently funded four year
USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program award to
Washington State University, Clemson University, University of
Florida, Auburn University, University of Queensland, and USDA ARS.
This highly collaborative project includes a diverse team of
researchers working on crop breeding, genomics, genetics, curation,
The project will expand the rosaceae, citrus, vaccinium and
pulse crop databases to meet community demand for resources with
usable big data aggregated, analyzed, integrated, and visualized,
as well as data management and analysis tools. Our objectives are
to: (1) Collect, curate, and integrate all types of genomics,
genetics, and breeding big data in easy-to-use and robust
crop-specific databases, (2) Develop and integrate tools to promote
the collection, integration, and utilization of big data by
scientists and breeders, (3) Provide scientists/breeders with
personalized training for field data collection software, big data
management and analysis, and use of database resources, quantify
impact of databases on genomics-assisted breeding, and broadly
disseminate project activities and outcomes.
The Post Doc will support the activities (1) and (3) of the
proposal for Rosaceae crops. The ideal candidate for this position
will have research and/or scientific data management experience in
an agricultural or related field such as plant biology or crop
breeding. The specialist, in collaboration with the project team,
will curate genomic, genetic, and breeding data obtained from
authors, publications, and/or other data repositories including
historical data in breeding programs; create outreach and training
materials; provide webinars and on-site training on how to use
their crop community databases, the breeding information management
system (BIMS), breeding data management tools; and be responsible
for mass communications to database users.
The position is a part of a Crop curator team that is composed
of curators for Genome Database for Rosaceae (https://www.rosaceae.org/), Citrus
Genome Database (https://www.citrusgenomedb.org/),
Genome Database for Vaccinium (https://www.vaccinium.org/), and
Pulse Crop Database (https://www.pulsedb.org/). This
position reports to Ksenija Gasic and the PDs of the Washington
State University Main and Jung, and will closely work together with
their cohort of other crop curators and outreach specialists. This
position requires frequent travel including driving.
? PhD in an
agricultural or related field such as plant biology or plant
? Knowledge in genomics,
genetics, and breeding in plant research and attention to detail.
This position requires the ability to scan scientific literature to
extract necessary information for uploading data into
interpersonal and teamwork skills. This position requires
interacting with researchers and collaborating with the project
team. A strong candidate for this position will be expected to be
respectful of others cultures, identities and backgrounds.
? Excellent oral and
written scientific presentation skills. This position requires
preparation of webinars, in-person training, communications, and
help developing manuals and instructional videos.
? Demonstrated ability
for time management and use of informed judgment to make
independent decisions. This position requires extensive curation of
scientific literature as well as outreach duties.
? Familiarity with
collaborative communication tools.
Experience with large scale data/data analysis, data curation,
familiarity with FAIR data management concepts.
? Frequent air travel
and driving is required.
? Eligible for
employment in the United States.
? US driver's
Please submit the following items electronically (PDF format)
via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/126145)
Unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be
needed prior to offer being made)
Name, email address and phone number of three professional
For full consideration, we ask to receive applications by June
30, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. This is a 2.5
year, fixed term, grant funded appointment.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate
against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability,
gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual
orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson
University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff
committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages
applications from minorities and women.