Associate Research Scientist

Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Weslaco, TX
Closing date
Dec 7, 2021

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The Associate Research Scientist will serve as a highly motivated molecular breeder working on multiple projects funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture and USDA. The goal of this position and The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Vegetable Breeding program at Weslaco ( is to develop spinach and tomato cultivars adapted to South Texas with improved quality and resistance to biotic and/or abiotic stresses using conventional, molecular breeding, and novel high-throughput phenotyping approaches (e.g., unmanned aerial systems).

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Design, establishment, and maintenance of field and greenhouse screening/trials/experiments in close cooperation with the breeder (25%)
  • supervise and participate in data collection, data processing, and maintain a record of project inventories using quality assurance procedures to inform results to the breeder (25%)
  • Manage/supervise vegetable propagation, crossing, and day-to-day operations of greenhouses, fields, and seed rooms (10%)
  • Train personnel including graduate students (5%)
  • Coordinate and maintain lab inventory and safety records (5%)
  • Assist in grant proposal writing and submission in cooperation with the breeder (10%)
  • Write and publish research results in peer reviewed journals (15%)
  • Other duties as assigned (5%)

Education & Experience

  • Doctoral degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics, Horticulture, Crop Physiology
  • Combination of relevant professional experience and education may be considered.
  • 3 years progressively responsible experience with project oversight

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Strong publication records in the area of plant molecular breeding
  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques (PCR, RT-qPCR, primer design, sequencing, etc.)
  • Strong statistical analyses skills; demonstrated skills and experience analyzing NGS data
  • Experience with execution of bioinformatic pipelines
  • Demonstrated experience with marker association studies in plants
  • Lab, greenhouse, and field experience
  • Work independently and in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.
  • This position requires a highly driven person capable of multi-tasking with both large and small sized projects; strong organizational skills are required.
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills for effectively communicating within team and since this position involves preparing research progress reports and assisting the PI in publications and grant writing activities
  • Must be analytical and a good observer
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and work cooperatively with others.
  • Supervision given

Other Requirements

Must be willing to travel locally and domestically. Willingness to work variable working hours with peak periods during the selection and harvesting seasons.


Weslaco is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 35,670, and in 2018 the estimated population was 41,171. It is located at the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley near the Mexican border, across the Rio Grande from the city of Nuevo Progreso, Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center in Weslaco houses faculty from a variety of research and extension programs, including breeding and genetics, plant biochemistry, plant physiology, plant pathology, horticulture, economics, range science, wildlife, and 4-H.

For more about the city of Weslaco, visit


All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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