Research Scientist III – Agronomy in Ames, IA

Iowa State University
  • Full Time
  • Ames, IA
  • Full Time USD / Year
  • Applications have closed

Position Title: Research Scientist III – Agronomy

Job Group: Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications
Ph.D. in genetics or plant breeding, plus 2 years of research experience after obtaining Ph.D.
Outstanding record in leading scientific research that results in publications in high-impact journals.
Documented graduate training and research in quantitative genetics, statistical genetics, and genomics.
Comprehensive knowledge of plant breeding, statistics, quantitative genetics, and genomics.
Demonstrated ability in designing experiments, collecting high quality data, and conducting data analysis with R, SAS, or other statistical packages.
Extensive experience in genomic selection, genome-wide association study, QTL mapping, genotype x environment interaction, and machine learning.
Experience in data management, data analysis, and computer simulation.
Research experience in multiple field crops including maize, rice, wheat, soybean, or sorghum.

Job Description:
Quantitative Genetics and Maize Breeding program in the Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, is seeking a Research Scientist to lead innovative research in complex trait dissection and prediction.

The core responsibilities of this position is to 1) design and implement complex trait dissection and prediction strategies to leverage genetic design, experimental design, optimization thinking, and artificial intelligence to uncover patterns hidden in genetics, environment, and genetics-environmental interplay; 2) design the plant breeding methods to make better use of genetic resources, high throughput sequencing, high throughput phenotyping, and advanced tools in data mining and machine learning; and 3) design and implement experiments and analytical approaches to uncover genes underlying complex traits and their dynamic effects at different environmental conditions.

Example of Duties

Develops, designs and conducts one or more complex research projects of high complexity, reviews progress and evaluates results.
Formulates research methods and suggests options for improving quality, identifies potential problems, recommends and implements solutions, and collaborates in the development of new techniques.
Acts as a co-author and may act as a principal investigator.
Recommends program direction.
Trains users in equipment operation and laboratory techniques, explains and demonstrates technology and equipment capabilities, operations, limitations and outcomes.
Coordinates data collection and screening and verifies the data.
Conducts analysis of data, interprets and implements research methodology based on outcome of analysis.
May supervise a small work group.

Level Guidelines

Senior-level position possessing high-level professional and/or technical skills working independently under minimal supervision to support ISU’s mission and department or work unit goals
Applies senior-level professional knowledge and expertise to work requiring greater latitude
Solves moderately complex problems and regularly exercises judgment to determine appropriate action
Regularly exercises judgment to resolve problems and determine appropriate action on a broad set of issue and problems. May provide recommendations regarding problems/issues outside the bounds of defined procedures and practices
Responds to complicated inquiries, provides training, and provides direction to lower-level staff
May provide supervision for one to two other staff (i.e., leads a small work team)
May lead projects for which well-defined practices and procedures may not exist
Provides guidance to students

Appointment Type: Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
June 30, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year: 12 Month Work Period

Time Type: Full time

Pay Grade: PS810

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.
Why Choose ISU? Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as: • Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans • Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans • Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa) • Life insurance and long-term disability • Flexible Spending Accounts • Various voluntary benefits and discounts • Employee Assistance Program • Wellbeing program • This job may also be eligible for flexible work schedules and flexible workplace options that may include flexible working hours and a hybrid working environment.

Original Posting Date: August 30, 2023

Posting Close Date: September 6, 2023

Job Requisition Number: R12764