This position will provide leadership for statewide potato breeding,
genetics and molecular biology research program focused on the genetic
improvement of potato varieties in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Research emphasis will be on genetic characterization of advanced
lines and varieties, germplasm development and collaborative work with
others to improve traits for arthropod, nematode, and disease
resistance, value-added processing, and nutritional/nutrient quality
of the Oregon germplasm. Other scientists in Corvallis, HAREC, and
other branch experiment stations will cooperate in these efforts and
support day-to-day operations of molecular program efforts. The
incumbent is expected to also contribute to professional knowledge in
genetics, cytogenetics, genomics, and/or molecular breeding, as well
as student training and teaching.
The Oregon program is undertaken in cooperation with the Tri-State
Potato Variety Development team (Oregon, Washington, and Idaho)
focused on developing new potato cultivars adapted to the Pacific
Northwest. Variety development activities will be conducted primarily
at the HAREC site. Research may be done with grower cooperators in
commercial fields as appropriate. Active partners in this program
include university, industry, and USDA personnel.