United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Masters
Area of Focus:
The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Monetary allowance provided to purchase health insurance.
Metabolomics of malting barley fellowship opportunity at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Cereal Crops Research Unit in Madison, WI.
The mission of the Cereal Crops Research Unit in Madison, WI is to 1) conduct basic research to identify and understand the biological processes affecting barley growth, development, quality, 2) evaluate these findings for potential applications to improve cereal quality through germplasm development or altered production practices, 3) to provide support for barley applied research programs within ARS and at State Agricultural Experiment Stations.
Goals of research project: to 1) characterize changes in primary and secondary metabolites during barley malting using a combination of LC-MS, GC-MS, and HPLC and 2) identify genetic, environmental, and malt quality factors associated with these metabolic profiles. Special attention will be given to the metabolite profile of dry seed and kilned stages as these represent the malting input from farmers and the malting output to brewers and distillers, respectively.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities to be gained: extensive, hands-on experience in plant metabolomics:
extraction, derivatization (for GC/MS), and chromatographic method development/optimization
Metabolite annotation of detected analytes
Statistical analysis of results
Interpretation of quantitative and qualitative results in the context of biochemical pathways, genetics, and environmental stresses
The participant will be encouraged to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals, to present posters, and to give presentations of their research.
The fellowship will initially be for one year but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Preferred Qualifications of the ideal applicant: experience working with metabolomics data generated by GC-MS and/or LC-MS platforms; experience operating GC-MS and LC-MS instruments highly preferred.
Master’s degree or doctoral degree in any of the following fields: agricultural sciences, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinformatics, bio-organic chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, crop science, food sciences and technology, plant sciences.
About United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.