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Faculty Position in Corn Breeding and Genetics

Frederic L. Kolb f-kolb at uiuc.edu
Mon Jun 4 11:31:12 EST 2001

Department of Crop Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant/Associate Professor of Corn Breeding and Genetics

Plant breeding faculty position with emphasis on innovative research 
that integrates classical and molecular genetics in an applied 
breeding and genetics program.  This is a 9-month tenure track 
position with opportunity for summer appointment.  Responsibilities 
will be allocated as 75% research and 25% teaching in the Department 
of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The 
successful applicant is expected to develop an 
internationally-recognized, externally-funded research  program that 
develops, integrates, and demonstrates the value of contemporary 
genetic techniques to enhance traditional corn breeding. 
Collaboration with research faculty in the Department of Crop 
Sciences, participation  in the Illinois Maize Breeding and Genetics 
Laboratory, interaction with corn breeders and geneticists in private 
industry is expected.  The successful candidate will develop and 
offer annually an undergraduate course in the general area of plant 
breeding and genetics.  Teaching responsibilities also will include 
annual participation in another course offered in the Department of 
Crop Sciences.  Ph. D. in plant breeding or a related discipline is 
required.  The candidate must demonstrate an understanding of 
emerging technologies, such as biotechnology, genomics, or 
bioinformatics, and be able to develop methods that enhance the 
application of these technologies in a contemporary plant breeding 
program.  The successful applicant must demonstrate an ability and 
desire to plan and coordinate field-oriented research for the 
practical improvement of corn.  Possible research areas include, but 
are not limited to, insect or pathogen resistance, value-added 
traits, and tolerance to environmental stresses.  The candidate must 
demonstrate excellent potential to conduct and report independent and 
team-based research, attract extramural research funding, and develop 
an outstanding teaching program.  For appointment at the Associate 
Professor rank, the candidate must exhibit a very strong record of 
scholarship that includes credentials meeting the standards required 
to attain tenure at the University of Illinois.  Such credentials 
will likely include a minimum of 5 years of experience in research 
and teaching in plant breeding or related areas, with an outstanding 
record of initiating, completing, and publishing the results of 
successful projects.  Salary commensurate with training and 
experience.  Starting date:  January 1, 2002 or when a suitable 
candidate is available.  For full consideration, applications must be 
received by September 17, 2001.  Interested persons should assemble 
an application packet consisting of an introductory cover letter, a 
curriculum vitae, and a statement of research and teaching goals. 
The packet should be sent to: Professor G. H. Heichel, Head, 
Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign, 1102 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801. 
Telephone (217) 333-9480.  Applicants also must  arrange to have a 
complete set of certified university transcripts and three letters of 
reference sent to the same address.  For additional information 
contact:  Dr. Frederic L. Kolb, Search Committee Chair, Department of 
Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1102 South 
Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois  61801.  Telephone: (217) 244-6148, 
FAX: (217) 333-9817, email: <f-kolb at uiuc.edu>.  For more information 
on the Department of Crop Sciences, please see our website at 


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