Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available in the Computational Plant Science Lab of Dr. Alexander Bucksch in the School of Plant Sciences. The research focus of the computational plant science lab is root phenomics. Therefore, successful applicants will develop computational phenotyping tools to discover and investigate unknown phenotypes, investigate their function within agricultural settings, particularly addressing drought and heat environments.

The ideal candidate has a clear vision of their own path and is willing to work in one or more of the root phenotyping projects in the lab. It is also expected that the candidate is part of the mentoring team for undergraduate and graduate students in the lab.

The optional possibility to build a teaching record is given to the successful applicant. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities             

  • Programming of phenotyping software (imaging, data analytics and/or simulation).
  • Experimental design for lab, greenhouse, and field for data collection.
  • Literature review.
  • Preparation of reports, manuscripts, and presentation to communicate the results and conclusions.
  • Regular communications in person and written.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications              

Ph.D. in plant biology, computer science, engineering, or other disciplines relevant to plant phenotyping by time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications               

A cross-trained PhD between technical and life science disciplines relevant to plant phenotyping. For example, degrees in electronics and plant breeding, computer science and biology, or any other technical/life science combinations.

Rate of Pay : $60,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Contact Information for Candidates: Dr. Alex Bucksch

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant: Please upload a cover letter to reflect your research interests.

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We will screen candidates for sure until mid-April or until we found good matches.

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