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HudsonAlpha - Faculty Investigator (Plant Genomics)

at HudsonAlpha

Posted: 8/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1170022
Keywords: teaching

Job Description

  • 19-Aug-2019 to 18-Oct-2019 (CST)
  • Huntsville, AL, USA
  • Full Time
  • HudsonAlpha


The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology ( is a non-profit organization with the mission of developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning, and commercialization. We use the tools of genetics and genomics to make discoveries, improve life on the planet, stimulate economic development, and communicate the importance of science to the public. Located in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama, one of the world's leading science and technology parks, HudsonAlpha's campus hosts 15 faculty investigators carrying out cutting edge genomics research, laboratories for educational outreach programs, more than 40 associate companies whose efforts build on and intersect with HudsonAlpha faculty, a genome sequencing center, and a major conference center. 

Huntsville/Madison County is home to the birthplace of NASA's entry into the Space Race, is commonly referred to as "Rocket City", and remains a national center for space science and exploration. Biotechnology, computing, telecommunications, diversified manufacturing and a variety of emerging specialties provide growing economic opportunities in delightful surroundings. The area enjoys a favorable cost of living and quality of life. Mountains, lakes, woodlands and the Tennessee River accommodate numerous recreational activities. A temperate climate enhances the season for outdoor sports, including world-class golf, hiking, biking, and fishing. Major concerts, Broadway and symphony performances, extensive permanent collections and traveling exhibitions contribute to a wonderful way of life.


HudsonAlpha's Center for Plant Genomics and Sustainable Agriculture supports research programs that seek to reduce the land use impacts of food, fiber, and fuel production by adapting crops to our world's changing environment. The Center generates genomic and phenotyping data, provides a computational backbone for analysis, and accelerates crop improvement through outreach activities. Our faculty have extensive experience in plant genomics, have contributed to a majority of plant genome reference sequences available today, and are some of the highest cited researchers in the field. Collaborations with public and private institutions are the platform from which we seek to understand and solve current and foreseeable problems in plant breeding and agriculture. HudsonAlpha is dedicated to the Center's mission and supports its growth through the positions advertised here and other institutional resources.


HudsonAlpha is accepting applications for faculty investigators who will help carry out the mission of the HudsonAlpha Center for Plant Genomics and Sustainable Agriculture through independent, substantially externally funded, and nationally recognized research programs. Faculty investigators are the principal scientist and head of the laboratory, overseeing all aspects of the laboratory's research mission. Preference will be given to those applicants whose research complements and expands existing programs in the Center.  We are specifically interested in individuals whose current research is directed at the following areas:

  1. applying genomics to plant breeding and crop improvement
  2. automated plant phenotyping with a focus on data analysis and feature extraction


A Faculty Investigator:

  • Identifies research needs and potential funding sources; initiates proposals and seeks required funding; and participates in response to requests for proposals initiated and administered through government or nonprofit entities
  • Seeks funding opportunities that match research expertise and suit the mission and objectives of HudsonAlpha
  • Determines the laboratory's overall research objectives and milestones, develops protocols (including laboratory methods and analysis), and communicates expectations to laboratory staff
  • Clarifies the objectives and requirements of each project, provides feedback to staff and ensures overall quality and progress toward those objectives
  • Evaluates methodology for efficiency and coordination of effort both within the laboratory and between collaborating authors
  • Resources and staffs the laboratory, including budget allocation, hiring decisions and assignments 
  • Provides direction and oversight to research staff, including mentoring and teaching of postdocs and graduate students
  • Ensures the research methods and ultimate work product are reflective of the highest scientific standards of integrity, quality, and confidence
  • Seeks publication of research findings in high-quality scientific journals 
  • Acts as an ambassador for the HudsonAlpha mission, presenting to scientists, funding sources, educators, and the community at large
  • Exhibits deep curiosity and enthusiasm for discovery, encouraging and sustaining the laboratory team; embraces the ever-changing scientific environment


  • Doctoral degree in plant breeding, agricultural science or other relevant focus area from an accredited institution, or highest degree appropriate in the field of specialization. Postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. 
  • Extensive laboratory and research experience that brings a unique research capability to HudsonAlpha
  • A substantial body of work exhibiting original research and publication that advances the field of specialization 
  • Well-developed communication skills, including the ability to present results, collaborate with colleagues, approach funding sources, and communicate objectives and appropriate feedback to laboratory staff
  • Demonstrated ability to advance projects, managing multiple tasks and priorities
  • Experience allocating resources, including a budget, staff time, materials and equipment
  • Ability to assign objectives and manage tasks within deadlines
  • Proficiency with laboratory software, tools, and equipment


The physical requirements and environmental conditions of this position consist primarily of

  •     Sustained standing and sitting
  •     Continuous mental and visual attention, requiring sustained attention and observation
  •     Ability to deliver formal presentations before audiences

Along with the online application, please attach:
1) Cover Letter
2) CV
4) Statement of research philosophy and goals
5) Names and contact information (including email addresses) for three references

It is the policy of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, in accordance with all applicable laws, to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.