Research Geneticist (Plants)

U.S. Department of Agricultre (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit at the U.S. National Arboretum
USDA-ARS U.S. National Arboretum

This position is located at the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit at the U.S. National Arboretum in Beltsville, MD. The mission of the Unit is to acquire fundamental knowledge and develop basic and applied concepts related to ornamental horticulture, including the development of technologies resulting in improved woody ornamental landscape plants.


Provide leadership in planning and conducting applied breeding, genomics and genetic research toward the development of improved ornamental crops using gene discovery and gene editing technologies.

Develop an independent research program that uses computational resources, comparative genomics, gene editing, and novel analytical approaches to develop a suite of research and breeding tools to accelerate improvement of woody ornamental plants.

Discover, develop, or test novel genes and genetic mechanisms useful for woody landscape plant improvement.

Develop and use novel tissue culture and transformation systems for improving disease and pest resistance, adaptation to abiotic stress, aesthetic quality, and/or plant architecture traits in woody landscape plants.

Work as a team member to address research priorities, formulate project plans, conduct research, collaborate with other scientists, and provide advice and information to members of the scientific community.

More details and application:
The deadline for application is 11/25/2020.

genetic research
gene discovery
gene editing
Beltsville, MD (USA)