Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of South Dakota
Job Location
Vermillion South Dakota,
Job Description

The University of South Dakota invites applicants for a postdoc position in Plant genomics to work on a project aiming to study the genetic and epigenetic basis underlying plant response to abiotic stresses.
The postdoc will be housed in the Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics lab at the University of South Dakota and will work under the supervision of Dr. Abdelali Barakat (…). This is a one-year position with renewal possible pending funding and satisfactory performance.
The postdoc will use genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenomic analyses to study the genetic and epigenetic basis underlying plant plasticity and response to abiotic stresses. Duties of the postdoc will include designing stress experiments, analyzing plant phenotypes, collecting material, extracting RNA, constructing small RNA and cDNA libraries, constructing Illumina libraries, analyzing High-throughput transcriptome data, writing manuscripts, presenting work in scientific meeting, and assisting the PI with proposal writing. Expected products include development of several publications.


The candidate should have strong skills in genomics, molecular biology, experience with RNA work and Illumina library construction, experience in analyzing large-scale genome sequencing, RNA-Seq, sRNA-Seq, and/or methylome, excellent writing (documented record of publication is a plus), communication and organizational skills, and be familiar with or have interest in studying abiotic and biotic stresses. Experience with Bioinformatics tools for analyzing High-throughput transcriptome data is desirable.
Applicants must provide a current curriculum vita and at least three references. Applicants must apply online at and send a copy of the application materials to Dr. Abdelali Barakat at [email protected].
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply

Dr. Abdelali Barakat at [email protected]

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