Breeding Insight team members don protective clothing as they prepare to enter a salmon breeding facility.
BI Director Moira Sheehan (right) with BI Lead Developer Tim Parsons (left) at the USDA National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center in Franklin, Maine.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate with Sweetpotato Breeder

The USDA-ARS United States Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for a one year appointment, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The research general objectives are to screen USDA, ARS sweetpotato germplasm for accumulation of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), and lead (Pb) to identify germplasm and genetic markers that can be used in public breeding programs for development of varieties that have low levels of toxic heavy metals to ensure a safe source of food for human consumption.

The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g., Food Science, Chemistry, Plant Genetics, Biology, Biochemistry), or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by the start date of the appointment. Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October 01, 2023; start date is flexible.

About Breeding Insight

Breeding Insight (BI) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) initiative hosted at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Our Mission

The Breeding Insight initiative was launched in 2018 to level the playing field in the genomics era, creating new opportunities for specialty breeders in assimilating tools, technologies, and methods to catalyze the routine and accessible use of genomic insights. We integrate phenomics (trait analysis), genomics (genotypic data), data management, and software tools to help breeders increase the rate of genetic gain and create more healthy, nutritious, and sustainable specialty crops and animals.


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