Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Forage Genetics and Plant Breeding

Aberystwyth University

To promote a flexible workforce, the University will consider applications from individuals seeking full time, part time, job share, or term time only working arrangements.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the role of forages in sustainable agriculture, IBERS is seeking to appoint a forage breeder and researcher to work within the grass breeding team, with a specific focus on the development of grass varieties suited to challenging environments using both conventional and genomic forage breeding techniques.

The successful candidate will have a track record in plant genetics and applied breeding. The appointee will link with existing breeding programmes and develop novel approaches to population development that will make use of the high throughput phenotyping and genotyping facilities at IBERS. It is expected that the post holder will play a role in developing methodologies of breeding for differing environments. A key responsibility of the post-holder will be to contribute to the development of plant varieties in conjunction with operational breeders and commercial partners and to develop collaborations within IBERS, nationally and internationally.

The post holder will have responsibility for planning and execution of a research programme leading to the production of successful forage varieties.

Experience in plant genetics and genomics together with a good knowledge of the theory and practice of plant breeding is essential.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject and post-doctoral experience either in research or commercial breeding.

For informal discussion contact Professor Athole Marshall (thm@aber.ac.uk).

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