About the Institute for Genomics of Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance (IGCAST): IGCAST is a new institute at Texas Tech University that will focus on using state of the art functional genomics to study processes involved in the tolerance to different types of abiotic stress (drought, salinity, heat, cold and low nutrient availability) and in the use of synthetic biology for the improvement of crop abiotic stress tolerance.

The IGCAST community is driven by a shared purpose: contribute high quality research and education to make agriculture more sustainable. We aim to be inventive, inquisitive and creative while producing relevant research in an enjoyable and exciting environment. We welcome talented and committed people regardless of where they come from.

Opening Ph.D. student position in Crop Breeding and Genetics: A fully funded Ph.D. Research Assistant position in sorghum breeding and genetics is open immediately at the IGCAST, Texas Tech University. This student will work on collaborative projects between Dr. Chad Hayes at the USDA-ARS, Lubbock, and Dr. Yinping Jiao at the Institute for Genomics of Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance (IGCAST), Texas Tech University.

The successful candidate will engage in research related to crop drought tolerance and breeding, primarily conducted at the USDA-ARS in Lubbock. This position will provide a diverse and comprehensive training experience encompassing field-based sorghum breeding, high-throughput phenotyping, study of the genetic foundations of sorghum traits, and novel sorghum trait discovery.


• Strong foundational knowledge in genetics.
• A master’s degree in a related field is preferred, though not mandatory.
• Demonstrated dedication, hardworking nature, and excellent teamwork skills.

To apply, please email your CV and transcripts to Dr. Chad Hayes: chad.hayes@usda.gov   and Dr. Yinping Jiao yijiao@ttu.edu

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