The oat breeding program at South Dakota State University (SDSU) is focused on developing new and improved oat varieties for use as forage, feed, and food. The SDSU oat program has developed varieties which are grown in multiple states across the Northern Plains of the US, as well as abroad. The breeding program itself works closely with the oat milling industry, including General Mills, a major global food company whose oat breeding program is located at SDSU to develop oat varieties with improved milling and nutritional characteristics. The SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science Department is looking for a post-doctoral research associate to lead research related to the successful implementation of genomic selection into SDSU oat breeding program to increase the speed and accuracy of our breeding mission. In addition, the researcher will act to network with major food companies, and collaborate with the USDA genotyping lab in Fargo as well as with the international oat research community to advance the techniques and methodologies available throughout the oat breeding and milling communities.
Support oat breeding through the implementation of genomic selection and advanced phenotypic trait analyses into SDSU oat breeding program.
Work closely with the USDA genotyping lab in Fargo, and other groups in the oat community to genotype breeding lines, process and develop marker sets, develop models using previously collected genotyping and phenotyping data for key traits, apply novel analysis approaches to enhance prediction accuracy and simulate cross progenies and predict their performance within the necessary timeframe of breeding operations.
Evaluate strategies to improve genomic prediction models, build and maintain best practices of model development and data dissemination within the SDSU program and external collaborators.
Advance research program through university mentoring and extension opportunities.
Assist in developing proposals to federal agencies for the continued advancement of the SDSU oat breeding program.
Communicate results through presentation at conferences and scholarly publications.
Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computational genomics, molecular plant breeding, or related discipline.
Expertise with statistical models and applications to genetics and plant breeding.
Experience in data analysis platforms (R, python, etc.), computational infrastructure (cloud computing, linux environments, databases, etc.), and reproducible science (version control, scripting, workflow languages).
Experience in conducting genomic selection analyses.
Ability to work independently.
Effective written communication skills.
Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative research environment.
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel.
About South Dakota State University
SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education. Ranked as the Number 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.
SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.
As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.
SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United ...States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science includes over 37 faculty whose expertise spans the fields of agronomy, entomology, genetics/breeding, horticulture, plant pathology, plant physiology, precision agriculture, seed science, soil science, and weed science. The department has a robust research program that consistently ranks at or near the top of departments at SDSU. Dissemination of science-based knowledge is a core mission of the department. Our faculty Extension Specialists and Field Specialists provide an effective structure for meeting this mission. In Academic Programs, the department provides nationally competitive training for undergraduate students leading to B.S. degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, and Precision Agriculture. The department also offers a strong graduate training environment leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant science and biological sciences.
Jackrabbits Athletics competes as a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.
The Dakota Lakes Research Farm is owned by a not-for-profit (501 C-3) corporation created by area farmers, businesses, and commodity groups. The original mission statement of the corporation was and still is:
The Dakota Lakes Research Farm is to have as its primary mission the conducting of projects designed to research, identify, and demonstrate the best methods of stabilizing the agricultural economy through promoting agricultural diversity, increasing production efficiency, minimizing negative environmental effects, maintaining soil productivity, and developing techniques to mitigate biological stress effects.
The property consists of approximately 1,000 acres of owned and rented land located adjacent to Lake Sharpe on the Missouri River. A portion (250 acres) of the Main Station is irrigated using three lateral-move and one center-pivot irrigator. The remainder of the land is managed without irrigation and is used for diverse crop production or pastures. The entire operation has been under low-disturbance, no-till practices since its inception in 1990 and is recognized as a leader in developing the techniques used in what is now known as regenerative agriculture. The facility has a modern maintenance facility, newly refurbished office spaces, a small dry laboratory, an area for sample processing, a storage building, and numerous grain storage structures. The machinery line is modern and is used to conduct field scale research and manage all areas of the farm. A beef cattle herd has been integrated into the operation since 2015. Small plot seeders and harvesters are brought to the property by individual project leaders. This resource is supplied to South Dakota State University to use for research purposes. SDSU supplies the Research Manager, three technicians, and a secretary to provide support for the research projects being conducted there. The DLRF Corporation web site is www.dakotalakes.com.
Pierre, SD is a community of approximately 14,000 located on the Missouri River in the geographic center of the state. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. The seat of Hughes County as well as the state capital, it is a friendly community whose tree-lined streets, historic downtown and lush green parks give way to rolling hills and steep bluffs as the county spreads east into the state’s expansive plains. It is less than a three-hour drive to the Rapid City, the Black Hills and Badlands, or to Sioux Falls. There are daily jet flights to Denver.