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    The Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory in Kimberly, ID is seeking a permanent, full time, Research Molecular Biologist/Plant Physiologist/Geneticist to be a member of the ARS sugar beet group. The overall goal is to increase sucrose production by increasing root sucrose content and disease resistance, reducing root impurities, and improving sustainable disease and pest management options.

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    • Conduct research to characterize molecular and genetic responses in sugar beet germplasm related to sucrose accumulation, disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance;
    • Identify molecular markers associated with important sugar beet traits;
    • Utilize new breeding techniques (e.g. CRISPR, TALENs, and/or epigenetic techniques) for gene or genome editing to control resistance to pathogens or traits of interest;
    • Determine gene expression and inheritance in response to plant pathogen infection or abiotic stresses in sugar beet;
    • Use bioinformatics tools to understand the genetic basis of sugar beet diseases and desirable traits;
    • Report research results in appropriate peer-reviewed and trade journals;
    • Interact with other scientists, producers and the sugar beet industry to transfer appropriate technologies and develop research studies.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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