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Interested in working in the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology? See the open job positions below. You can also find more information on open job positions at jobs.ucr.edu.

Postdoctoral Scholar in Plant Virology

University of California, Riverside

Posted: 1/13/2020

The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct research in Plant Virology under the supervision of Professor Georgios Vidalakis.  The purpose of this position is to conduct research in citrus virology and to study the biological and molecular properties of a novel plant associated virus-like RNA species tentatively named iRNA.

The selected candidate will work at the Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) towards citrus transmission experiments to study iRNA tree delivery protocols (Agro-infiltration, RNA, mechanical, grafting etc.), transmissibility (pruning, seed etc.), mobility, host range, symptomatology, interactions with other citrus viral pathogens as well as effects on tree physiology, growth, and fruit production and quality of commercially important citrus scion and rootstock varieties.  The selected candidate will also test samples from USA citrus producing areas to develop information on the iRNA distribution in the country. The selected candidate will be responsible for managing the research project and mentoring students.

Required qualifications for this position include: Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with experience in Plant Virology and a background in RNA biology particularly plant viruses and their transmission. Candidates must have hands-on experience with molecular biology techniques (nucleic acid extraction, cloning, Agro-infiltration, RT-qPCR, protoplast work, library construction, recombinant protein expression and purification, hybridization, ELISA etc.) as well as knowledge of executing and care of plant experiments in greenhouse, screenhouse, growth chamber, and field.  Excellent communication skills to include written communication and ability to compose manuscripts for peer reviewed technical journal publications are expected.  Candidates must be able to drive in California and work under hot greenhouse and field conditions. Preferred qualifications include: Experience working with citrus or other woody perennial tree crops.  Experience in high-throughput sequencing library preparation, data analysis and bioinformatics would be considered an asset.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body.  Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first- generation college students.  A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae including a publication list and the names of three current, professional references to include e-mail address and telephone number to Prof. Vidalakis via email to vidalg@ucr.edu with cc to carolyna@ucr.edu.  Review of applications will commence on February 10, 2020 and proceed until position is filled.  For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications by the above date.

For more information about this position, please contact Carolyn Anderson at carolyna@ucr.edu.

 

Multiple Openings for Postdoctoral Scholars in Microbiology

University of California, Riverside

Posted: 3/28/19

The laboratories of Drs. Shou-Wei Ding, Juliet Morrison and Rong Hai in the Microbiology program at the University of California, Riverside, are seeking three postdoctoral scholars in the area of RNA viruses-host interactions (one for each lab).

Research in the Ding, Morrison and Hai labs focuses on understanding the impact of viral-host interaction on viral pathogenesis and its application in the vaccine development with their own special angles. Specifically, the Ding lab is centered on characterizing the antiviral RNAi response and its interactions with the classical immune responses in cultured mammalian cells and adult mice; the Morrison lab studies the roles of lung myeloid populations in influenza outcomes and utilizes virus-encoded interferon antagonists as tools to define previously unknown aspects of IFN signaling regulation; the Hai lab focuses on understanding the interplay of viral encoded IFN antagonists and their targets and developing next generation vaccines using influenza viruses (negative sense RNA virus) and ZIKVs (positive sense RNA virus) as the current models.

Qualifications:

Eligible candidates should have a recent MD or Ph.D., or equivalent (within 3 years of the degree) in molecular and cellular biology, microbiology or related fields. Highly motivated individuals with skill in protein biochemistry, molecular virology, and animal work are encouraged to apply. The Morrison Lab position requires experience with cellular immunology. Previous experience with metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics or bioinformatics would be helpful. The candidate should be able to work both independently and in a collaborative environment.

Salary:

Candidates will be offered a competitive salary commensurate with their experience.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send curriculum vitae, bibliography and a list of three references by email to:

Shou-wei Ding, Ph.D.

E-mail: shou-wei.ding@ucr.edu

Juliet Morrison, Ph.D.

E-mail: juliet.morrison@ucr.edu

Rong Hai, Ph.D.

E-mail: rong.hai@ucr.edu

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification

 

Assistant/ Associate Professor in Metabolomics of Adaptive Responses

University of California, Riverside

Posted: 3/27/19

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate level in the area of metabolomics focusing on cellular and physiological responses. These positions are part of a major initiative in the area of metabolomics, as UCR seeks to hire five faculty in this research area in the next three years. The new faculty will build on UCR’s current strengths in: infectious disease; host-pathogen interactions; environmental toxicology; neuroscience, aging and neurodegeneration; stem cells in development and tissue repair; evolution of secondary metabolic pathways; medicinal plants; plant secondary metabolites and human health; as well as emerging research areas such as microbiomes, eco-metabolomics, and quantitative metabolomic imaging and downstream analyses.

Successful candidates will have an appointment in an appropriate department in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, School of Medicine, or Bourns College of Engineering where researchers are already working on the metabolomics of cellular signaling including chronic diseases (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and metabolic), nutrition, mathematical and computational modeling, plant biology, and agriculture.

Successful candidates must possess an M.D. or Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral experience is preferred.  Candidates must demonstrate notable scientific contributions, evidenced by high quality peer-reviewed publications. Assistant-level applicants will be expected to set up an independent research program and must demonstrate the potential to secure extramural funding. Associate-level applicants are expected to have established research programs and a strong record of sustained extramural funding. All candidates should be able to demonstrate cutting-edge expertise in the development or application of metabolomics, including imaging, to biological signaling.

The University of California, Riverside is ranked among the nation’s Top 15 Public Research Universities according to Washington Monthly. The successful candidate will have access to the state-of-the-art facilities in cores operated by the Institute of Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB), which includes the recently launched Metabolomics Core, as well as cores dedicated to bioinformatics, microscopy, proteomics, and sequencing. Faculty are encouraged to collaborate broadly with colleagues at UCR and elsewhere, and entrepreneurship is encouraged.

As a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body, UCR’s mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  A competitive start-up package will be provided. Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

UCR is centrally located within the Southern California area and situated in a historic citrus-growing area surrounded by mountain ranges. Riverside is an hour away from ski slopes, surfing, or hiking in mountain wilderness or desert environments, and housing in the area is affordable. The campus boasts a fully-accredited child care facility. UCR maintains a commitment to “family friendly” policies and programs including opportunities for spousal/partner hiring. UCR is located in close proximity to a host of high-profile universities, research institutes, and biotech industries in Southern California.

To apply:

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level position should apply through: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01090. Applicants for the Associate Professor level should apply through: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01091.  If a candidate has a pending tenure decision at their current institution, applying for both the Assistant and Associate level positions is encouraged to allow hiring at the appropriate level within the University of California. Minorities and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Publication List, Statement of Research, Teaching Philosophy Statement, and a Contributions to Diversity Statement at the site(s) above. Names of three to five individuals for Letters of Reference should be submitted to the site(s) above; letter requests will occur immediately for applicants for the Assistant level position. Letters will be requested for applications at the Associate level after application material review. All confidential Letters of Recommendation will be uploaded to the recruitment website.

Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2019. We will continue to consider applications until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications and have all Letters of Reference arrive by the above date.  The position will remain open until filled.

Additional inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Linda Walling, Search Committee Chair (email: lwalling@ucr.edu). For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Eric Chong, Academic Personnel (eric.chong@ucr.edu).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.