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Scientist II

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Scientist II - 3173
Pay Grade 39
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80031P
Working Title Scientist II
Advertised Employing Department Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Proposed End Date or Length of Term 10/31/2018
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a Scientist II position to be the principal investigator on an externally funded project from the National Science Foundation.

The duties include facilitating all communication between the co-Principal investigators at ISU and at the National Center for Genomics Research; designing and implementing sampling strategies for genome sequencing; studying domestication genomics; detecting interspecific introgression; determining patterns of linkage disequilibrium; determining patterns of genomic structural variation in different gene pools and species; serving as a go-between with independent companies that provide plant genomics services; directing post-doctoral research associates; being responsible for all compliance and reporting to the National Science Foundation; attending NSF meetings as the Principal Investigator; leading molecular evolutionary analyses; designing and directing the implementation of a robust publication strategy for all of the genome sequences generated; leading all molecular evolutionary and genetic and genomic analyses; preparing manuscripts for publication; shepherding manuscripts through the publication process; preparing follow-up research grant applications for continuation of the project beyond the funding period.

The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills; good interpersonal skills; the ability to work as part of a team; and the ability to prioritize various temporally interrelated tasks. Additionally, the successful candidate will have diverse scientific data analysis skills and basic statistical methodologies.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Ph.D. or other professional degree and 7 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

Doctoral degree in plant genomics, agronomy, or plant breeding.

Preferred Education and Experience

Record of successful acquisition of competitive external funding through grants and contracts as Principal Investigator and leadership in directing a funded project involving investigators at multiple institutions.

Demonstrated innovation in plant genomics and in bioinformatics.

Record of sustained peer-reviewed publication on cotton genomics, bioinformatics and evolution in top-tier scientific journals.

Expertise in cotton evolution, bioinformatics and genomics.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Department Contact Name Jonathan Wendel
Department Contact Phone 515-291-7172
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 02/27/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your experience with acquisition of competitive funding through grants.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe your experience as a Principal Investigator and any leadership in directing a funded project.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Describe your level of expertise in cotton evolution, bioinformatics and genomics.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Tell about any sustained, peer-reviewed publications on cotton genomics, bioinformatics and evolution in top-tier scientific journals that you may have.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Describe any experience you have in innovation in plant genomics and in bioinformatics.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents