The Ohio State University is currently seeking highly motivated candidates to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position and a fully funded PhD/MS Research Assistant position.

Scholarship: Self-funding or scholarships
Degree: B.S./M.S./Ph.D
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

The successful candidates will conduct germplasm-related research to characterize genetics resources, study population diversity, explore molecular breeding, and gain insights into genetic mechanisms through genomics, transcriptomics and phenomics in ornamental crops. The OPGC in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science is located within the Columbus campus of the Ohio State University and is part of the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System, with a goal of preserving the genetic diversity of herbaceous ornamental crop plants and associated information, conduct germplasm-related research, and encourage the use of germplasm and associated information for research, crop improvement and product development.

Dr. Yu Ma is the Director of Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center and an Assistant Professor of the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at the Ohio State University. Prior to joining OSU, Dr. Ma was an Assistant Research Professor at the Washington State University. She received her PhD degree from the Department of Horticulture at the Washington State University and MS degree from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Her research focuses on developing genetic and genomic resources that can be used to enable more precise and efficient breeding solutions and studying population structure and genetic diversity in ornamental crops.

For 150 years, The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. The university’s Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. As one of the nation’s top 20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio. Ohio State faculty and staff contribute in significant ways to transform themselves and the world.

 Available Subjects:

  • Plant science, genetics, bioinformatics, plant breeding

Eligibility criteria:

  • ·Demonstrated experience working with R or high performance computing
  • ·Demonstrated skills in molecular research
  • ·Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • ·Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams
  • ·Ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals
  • ·Experience with analysis of next-generation sequencing data and execution of bioinformatic pipelines
  • ·Demonstrated experience or training in population genetics study
  • ·Familiarity with high-throughput phenotyping

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should send their CV, a copy of their transcripts, a cover letter describing their qualifications and research interests, and contact information for three references to Dr Yu Ma ([email protected]). These positions will remain open until filled.