Robert A. Nilan Endowed Chair in Barley Research and Education
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 128472
Work Location: Pullman
Summary of Duties: RESPONSIBILITIES The Robert A. Nilan Endowed Chair in Barley Research and Education will develop an internationally recognized research program and make contributions to teaching undergraduate and graduate students. The individual will: i) lead the WSU barley breeding program, using barley as a genetic model to understand complex traits and to release varieties for food and malt markets in the Pacific Northwest; ii) develop an extramurally-funded research program focused on understanding the genetics of important traits in barley and other food crops; iii) collaborate with the current team of cereal and grain legume breeders to improve the nutritional components of these food crops; iv) deliver high quality graduate instruction in plant breeding and genetics with an emphasis on experimental design and inheritance of quantitative traits; and v) disseminate information to stakeholders by contributing to extension efforts consistent with program goals, through peer-reviewed publications, industry interactions, and collaboration. Recent advances in genomics have opened new research possibilities in plant breeding for human nutrition, genotype by environment interactions, and genomic selection.
As an Endowed Chair, we seek a leader to join our team of cereal and grain legume breeders and geneticists to enhance understanding of the genetic architecture of complex quantitative traits and their manipulation through plant breeding, with an emphasis on traits important for food crops. Opportunities exist to lead collaborative efforts with current faculty within and outside of the department on topics relevant to plant breeding and genetics. The individual selected has the opportunity to collaborate and interface with the new Human Nutrition Plant Phenotyping Center to link plant genetics and nutritional attributes in a way that enhances the use of genetic tools to select for improved human nutrition in food crops.
Required Qualifications: Required: Earned Ph.D. degree in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, genetics, or a closely-related field by the time of hire/offer Record of accomplishments and qualifications commensurate with rank for appointment as associate professor or professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences in oral and written forms
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