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    Summary

    This position is located with the Plant Physiology & Genetics Research Unit in Maricopa, AZ.

    You will provide leadership and adopt broad policy for the direction to be taken by the research unit, interact with stakeholders and organizations in the public and private sectors in the interest of meeting public needs within national programs. You will use multidisciplinary approaches to improve sustainability, productivity and profitability of U.S. agriculture in arid agroecosystems.

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    Responsibilities

    • Conduct field-based studies of crops such as cotton, oilseeds, and cereal grains to characterize plant responses to heat and drought and elucidate genes and stress response pathways that inform crop management and improvement.
    • Develop novel methods of high-throughput plant phenotyping (HTTP) methods that enable non-destructive measurements of plant traits important for understanding responses to heat and drought.
    • Provide leadership in developing strategies to produce new germplasm with higher yield and approve adaptation to abiotic/biotic stresses in arid climates and associated with global climate change.
    • Research data science and analytical approaches that underpin trait discovery; providing novel methods of HTP; identification of traits such as heat and drought adaptation, water-use efficiency, seed, lint or grain yield and quality.
    • Contribute to Center's efforts to transfer technology to stakeholders, which include public and private industry scientists, growers of arid-land crops, agricultural processors, and consumers.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

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