Job Description

The University of Missouri-Columbia, Bond Life Sciences Center ( invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in plant single-cell computational biology in the Libault Lab: This 12-month (calendar year), full-time (1.0 FTE) special appointment will focus on expertise bioinformatics, computational biology, machine learning, and plant genomics. The apportionment is 100% research. This position will be located in Columbia, Missouri.

The Libault lab seeks to explore and understand the network of plant genes, and their regulation in response to environmental stress at the single-cell level. These discoveries will lead to the development of new strategies to improve crop characteristics and performance. Therefore, using single-cell-omics datasets, the postdoctoral associate will work on genomics, epigenetics, and/or bioinformatics/computational biology to characterize and functionally validate plant cell-type-specific transcriptional programs, their regulation in response to environmental stresses, and their differential regulation between plant species.

The selected postdoctoral researcher will have opportunities to work and develop computational resources to conduct:
• Comparative analyses of gene expression between crop species.
• Analyses of plant single-cell-omics datasets, integration of multiomic datasets, transcriptomic trajectories, and prediction of gene networks.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college, and/or university level.


A PhD in plant computational biology/genomics, bioinformatics, machine learning, or a related field is required at the time of hiring.

Candidates will be evaluated on:
  • prior knowledge and demonstrated expertise in next-generation sequencing data analysis, computational systems biology, and/or data integration, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work in a team environment
  • A solid knowledge of plant genomics, evolution, gene expression/regulation, and biological networks
  • Persuasive communicators with exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Durable skills such as leadership, character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, metacognition, mindfulness, growth mindset, and fortitude as well as customer service, confidentiality, integrity, and a commitment to the University's values
Application Materials

Please provide your curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions and your experience fostering equitable environments.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Other Information

This project presents opportunities to work in a collaborative and very dynamic environment with computational and molecular biologists. The University of Missouri provides a stimulating atmosphere with excellent facilities Cores & centers | Research, Innovation & Impact (, and colleagues for high-quality research in agricultural and plant sciences .

Community Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

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