The Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance (IGCAST, https://www.depts.ttu.edu/igcast/) was established in 2020 at Texas Tech University (TTU) with the mission to conduct top-ranked research and graduate education on the use of functional and population genomics to understand the molecular mechanisms that determine resilience of crops and related wild species to adverse environmental stresses in the era of climate change. IGCAST aims at integrating an interdisciplinary team of scientists to conduct internationally competitive, multidisciplinary research to study physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms and plant architecture underlying resistance to environmental stresses, contributing to the development of sustainable agriculture. Faculty members within the IGCAST will have an academic appointment in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, Davis College.
IGCAST is seeking to recruit a 9-month tenure-track faculty member in Plant Regeneration and Plant Genetic Transformation at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on the candidate’s qualification and experience. Qualified candidates should have a strong background on plant development, plant physiology, tissue and organ culture, and gene transfer technologies. Appointees are expected to develop an internationally recognized program in developing gene transfer and gene-editing technologies, combining fundamental research and education with applications to improvement of environmental stress tolerance of crops, especially but not limited to, cotton, sorghum, and other crops relevant to West Texas agriculture. Applicants with experiences in tissue and organ culture, the use of developmental regulators for plant regeneration , and the use of Agrobacterium tumefaciens, particle gun and/or viral vectors for gene transfer and gene editing are encouraged to apply. Successful candidate should employ systems biology-based approaches to study environmental stress responses from genome to phenome.
Faculty at IGCAST will have access to the state-of-the-art plant growth facilities that integrates 3 fully automatized greenhouses and walk-in growth, as well as access to the state-of-the-art genomic, imaging and metabolomic services available at the TTU. Position responsibility will focus on research with an anticipated teaching responsibility of one graduate course per year plus the training of graduate students and post-doctoral associates. Service duties include program-building, as well as a commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.