Assistant/Associate Professor - Plant Genomics

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama
January 16 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type




The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University, in cooperation with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, AL is seeking applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor – Plant Genomics.  This faculty position will be a nine-month, tenure-track position with a 20% teaching and 80% research appointment at Auburn University and a faculty investigator with HudsonAlpha.  The individual in this position will be a member of the faculty in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University however the position location will be in Huntsville, Alabama at the  HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The projected start date is June 1, 2019.

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized program that will advance current understanding and application of genomics to crop genetics and breeding for improved plants (agronomic, horticultural) grown in Alabama. They will provide a crucial interface between the HudsonAlpha Institute’s plant genomics and Auburn University’s plant breeding/genetics programs to enable cross-collaboration and improved scientific output of both institutions. Other focus and interests could include utilizing genomic tools to evaluate different plant species for resistant and/or tolerance to herbicides or genetic manipulation of crops grown for improved water use efficiency. The individual in this position would be expected to utilize advanced genetic tools and cooperate with private sector scientists.

The individual in this position will also be expected to conduct research to identify novel mechanisms for plant breeding and genetic modification to overcome abiotic and/or biotic constraints on plant health and crop production including, but not limited to: heat stress, drought stress, herbicide resistance, improved yield quality and quantity, and/or other environmental stressors.  Candidates with knowledge of applying genomics to plant breeding and crop improvement are encouraged to apply. Candidates are expected to have strong genetic and statistical backgrounds and genomics training applicable to applied plant genomics. Of particular interest are those with experience with CRISPR and other gene editing technologies.   

Teaching responsibilities are 3-4 hours of course credit per academic year, which would include teaching a graduate level course in plant genomics and genomic tools.  The successful candidate will also be expected to mentor and advise graduate students in plant genetics/genomics.  As a member of the College of Agriculture and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, this position will also participate in service and outreach activities. 

The individual will collaborate with scientists in the department, college, university, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and colleagues from other land grant institutions. There will also be an expectation for collaboration with private industry.   

Qualifications:  Minimum qualifications include: 1) an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in plant/crop genomics plus a minimum of two (2) years in a post-doctoral position(s) or equivalent experience, at the time employment begins; 2) experience, training and knowledge of traditional and advanced methodologies in genomics, and 3) documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research in plant/crop genomics. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment and to continue working legally for the employment term. Applicants with previous or current experience at the rank of assistant or associate professor in a tenure-track system, or equivalent experience in private sector plant genomics are expected to demonstrate evidence of prior extramural funding success.

Application:  Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: and attach the following:

  1. Cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to position responsibilities,
  2. Current curriculum vita,
  3. Copies of ALL academic transcripts,
  4. Statement of research interests and accomplishments,
  5. Statement of teaching philosophy.

    When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for three (3) professional references.  Only complete application materials will be considered.  To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business March 31, 2019.  The search will continue until the position is filled.  Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Scott McElroy, Search Committee Chair, email:

The University: 

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. It was ranked 52nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of 30,440 students includes 24,628 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, its positive work environment, its thriving student life programs, and its beautiful campus.

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology: The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, based in Huntsville, AL, has a four-fold mission of conducting genomics-based research to improve human health and well being; implementing genomic medicine, sparking economic development; and providing educational outreach to nurture the next generation of biotech researchers and entrepreneurs, as well as to create a biotech literate public ( Huntsville is a city with a population of nearly 200,000 in northeast Alabama, near the Tennessee state line, 100 miles north of Birmingham and 200 miles northwest of Auburn.