Postdoctoral Fellowship in Maize Genomics

United States-Ames, IA, Albany, CA or remote


ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database ( project located in Ames, Iowa, Albany, California, or remote options are available

Research Project: The research fellow will gain experience and learn about the challenges of using machine learning, structural biology, and comparative genomics to discover structural and functional insights into genes at a pan-genome level, including identifying genes associated with climate adaptability, using protein structures to assess gene annotation quality, predicting trait-based protein-protein interaction and regulatory networks, and exploring the genomes of wild progenitors or closely related species to identify novel target genes.

Learning Objectives: The participant will learn HPC computing technologies and gain experience using machine learning, predicting protein structures, and applying comparative genomic approaches. Experience in each of these fields is not required. The participant will work with USDA-ARS scientists and build collaborations within the research community that leads to scientific publications.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend ranging from $70,000 to $75,000 per year (plus benefits). Annual travel budget up to $9,000. Health and dental insurance allowance.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals.


Preferred skills or eagerness to learn:
-Bioinformatics or computational biology
-Using genetics and genomic data
-Working with large, diverse datasets and data mining approaches
-Linux and computational programming
-Enjoy working with the Maize research community

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

Apply at: or email with any questions


Carson Andorf