This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service, Tropical Plant Genetic Resources & Disease Research Unit, in Hilo, HI. The principle goal of this position is to utilize genetic, genomic, and molecular techniques to strategically expand and improve collections of priority sub-tropical and tropical fruit and nut genetic resources and develop tools to characterize and improve select accessions.Learn more about this agency
- Develop and utilize genetic, genomic, bioinformatic and systematic techniques to genetically characterize germplasm to properly classify and understand taxonomic relationships among related species and cultivars.
- Accelerate selection and improvement of subtropical and tropical fruit and nut germplasm in breeding programs and minimize genetic gaps and managerial inefficiencies in the genetic resource collection.
- Performs crosses to provide information on phenotypic and genotypic characterization of the accessions in the collection, accomplished directly or in collaboration with other scientists.
- Provides scientific leadership in that area, applying scientific findings, developments, and advances in conservation to solve critical and complex problems in preserving adequate genetic diversity in the collection.
- Works with curator to develop the best management strategies to preserve the genetic diversity of the collections and document phenotypic and genotypic descriptor data.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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