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Looking for a talented Ph.D. student who has already completed a master degree in bioinformatics or statistics

The Yerka Lab is a sorghum breeding and genetics lab located in the Fleischmann Agriculture building on the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) campus. We are looking for a talented Ph.D. student who has already completed an M.S. degree in bioinformatics or statistics, who is interested in integrating crop improvement with food science using multi-omics approaches. The selected candidate will be housed in the Biochemistry Department. Substantial undergraduate research activities that demonstrate a similar understanding of bioinformatics or statistics will be considered in lieu of an M.S. degree. The Ph.D. program is fully funded for three years and includes a $25,000 per year stipend with paid tuition and fringe benefits. 

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The focus of this research project is to evaluate a sorghum grain quality mapping population, developed by Dr. Melinda Yerka, in three states to study the impact of production environments on flavor and quality during malting and brewing. The project involves traveling to California and Texas in the summer and Mexico and Argentina in the winter. It is a close collaboration with the University of California-Davis Brewing Program and the USDA's Grain Quality and Structure Research Lab at Manhattan, Kansas. Industry partners include Richardson Seeds (Vega, TX), Maverick Malthouse (Vega, TX), and Bard's Brewing, LLC (Lee's Summit, MO). Thus, the selected candidate will have extensive opportunities to explore careers in academia, private industry, and government while making important discoveries about how to optimize grain sorghum for the gluten-free beer market.

Posted October 12, 2021

Who do I contact for more information?

Robert Washington-Allen, Grad Program Director
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