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Postdoctoral Researcher, McQuaid Fellow in Tree Genomics
The Morton Arboretum
Position Close date: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022

The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned nonprofit outdoor museum dedicated to the study and growth of trees. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the international team of researchers who are part of the Center for Tree Science in our effort to improve trees and enhance their ability to meet the challenges of the future. The McQuaid Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tree Genomics will collaborate with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station’s EAB-resistant ash breeding program. Utilizing resources from this program that include phenotyped, pedigreed families, the fellow will work to identify quantitative trait loci data from the results of a bioassay that reproducibly measures differences in response to EAB, leading to a genotyping platform. Given initial results from a population of F1 crosses, gain in resistance was considerable and heritable. The Fellow will collaborate closely with a community of experts working on this project at a number of institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, Pennsylvania State University, University of Tennessee, and the University of Connecticut. While green ash is the focus of the work, careful consideration will also be given to identifying a generalized approach to rapidly responding to invasive pests and diseases in trees.

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General Summary: Combine resources, collections, and expertise available at The Morton Arboretum with the latest techniques and facilities available at leading centers for tree genomic research to address important challenges facing trees in a rapidly changing modern world. Leverage strengths of The Morton Arboretum and its research partners to advance tree genomic research and help create effective strategies for improving tree health and sustainability. Funding for this position is temporary and is expected to run for 24 months.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a biological field required, with expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, population genetics, quantitative genetics, plant breeding, horticulture, or related field. Experience with the necessary technologies and analytical techniques to address the research question is required. Experience with tree breeding and propagation techniques is preferred. Experience working in a distributed team environment, through a combination of in-person and virtual interaction, is beneficial. A successful track record as an emerging research scientist including demonstrated communication with academic and professional audiences through publications, presentations and/or other media, and a commitment to conducting relevant and timely research is required.

Success Factors: Strong analytical and technical abilities. Self-motivated, with the initiative and resourcefulness to implement, evaluate, and report on research projects. Desire to conduct interdisciplinary research with other scientists that result in applied solutions. Ability to work and communicate with a dispersed
team. Ability to write manuscripts for scientific peer-reviewed journals and communicate results to a broad audience. Ability to embrace and align with the organization’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning, and make the Arboretum exceptional.

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