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Postdoctoral Scholar position in fungal ecology

Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, UCR

Posted: 1/12/2021

The Glassman Lab at the University of California, Riverside is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar position focused on fungal ecology research. The Glassman lab studies ectomycorrhizal, arbuscular mycorrhizal, and saprobic fungal ecology, bacterial-fungal interactions, decomposition, the impacts of fires on fungi and bacteria, and the use of microbes to improve post-fire regeneration. The recruit has the potential to lead ongoing projects in the Glassman lab or propose their own independent idea relevant to ongoing projects in the Glassman lab. We use a combination of approaches including fieldwork, greenhouse work, culturing, molecular ecology, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and multivariate statistical analyses to advance fungal ecology. For more information on the Glassman lab please visit our website: https://sydneyglassman.wordpress.com.

Applicants should have, or be close to receiving, a PhD in microbial ecology, mycology, molecular ecology, or a closely related area. Applicants with experience working with arbuscular and/or ectomycorrhizal fungi will be given high priority. Additional minimum qualifications include: at least one peer-reviewed first-author publication in a related field, willingness to perform field work in California, effective written and oral communication skills, ability to work well independently and as part of a team, and passion for fungi. Additional necessary qualifications include: bacterial or fungal culturing, expertise in ecological experimental design, programming in R, advanced multivariate statistical analysis, bioinformatics, and molecular techniques including DNA extractions, PCRs, and 16S or ITS sequencing. Experience with or desire to learn network analysis, metagenomics, genomics, or transcriptomics would be a bonus.

UC Riverside 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.

How to apply/contact: The position could commence as early as April 15, 2021 but no later than July 15, 2021. Screening will begin February 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary scales for first-year postdoctoral scholars begin at $53,460 and are available on this website (https://graduate.ucr.edu/postdoctoral-studies). All UC Riverside Postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate in the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefit Plans, which include medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. Candidates should apply directly to Dr. Sydney Glassman via email to sydneyg@ucr.edu by submitting a single PDF file containing: Curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter indicating your research interests and how you meet the minimum qualifications, and listing the contact information of three references. The subject of the email should be “Postdoctoral Scholar in Fungal Ecology”.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity 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.

Postdoctoral Scholar in Plant Biology

University of California, Riverside

Job Details: A post-doctoral research opportunity is available in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside to study the mechanism of plant response to various types of stresses using integrated molecular, genetic, bioinformatic and metabolomic approaches in the model plant Arabidopsis. We are seeking a motivated and skilled postdoc to conduct research that focuses on plant response to biotic and abiotic stress, and cross talk with phytohormones.

In addition to conducting research, the incumbent will have roles in training undergraduate and graduate researchers within the lab, preparing manuscripts and cooperating with other team members and collaborators.

Job Requirements: A Ph.D. in Plant Physiology, Plant Biology, or a closely related field. The position requires significant experience in working with Arabidopsis thaliana and strong analytical ability. Experience in abiotic stress will be an advantage. The successful candidate must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication (both verbal and written) skills, including a strong record of peer-reviewed publications. Expertise in molecular biology and bioinformatics will be required. Ideally, the candidate should have received their Ph.D. within the past 1-2 years.

To Apply:  Please send a single .pdf file that includes: (1) cover letter detailing your research experiences, interests and career goals; (2) currriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three references to Dr. Emma Gachomo (emma.gachomo@ucr.edu).

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.

 
Postdoctoral Scholar in Phytophthora cinnamomi genetic diversity, genomics, and molecular diagnostics  

Posted: 9/9/2020

*** IMPORTANT: DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THIS WEBSITE. PLEASE READ THE JOB ADVERTISEMENT BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION. ***

The Manosalva laboratory at UCR is recruiting for a highly motivated postdoc to work on different projects recently funded by USDA grants to understand P. cinnamomi (Pc) genetic and phenotypic diversity, host adaptation, and to develop molecular diagnostics tools. Phytophthora species’overall economic damage to crops in the United States (US) is estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars, including the costs of control measures. Phytophthora cinnamomi, a widely distributed devastating soil-borne oomycete pathogen, causes Phytophthora Root Rot (PRR) in over 5,000 plant species including many of importance in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, and nursery industry. Avocado PRR remains the common hindrance to avocado production worldwide. This pathogen affects approximately 60-75% of California (CA) avocado growers causing losses of $40 million annually. Despite the importance of this devastating pathogen, the mechanisms explaining the genetic and phenotypic variability as well as host adaptation are completely unknown. Moreover, the recent identification of fungicide resistant Pc isolates that are also more virulent in avocado argues for the development of new strategies for Pc management.

Description. The successful candidate will lead existing and new projects focused on elucidating the molecular basis of pathogen genotypic and phenotypic diversity by integrating molecular, biochemical, genomic, transcriptomic, and comparative genomics approaches. The appointed will also oversee the P. cinnamomi lab collection and will also participate in the pathogen yearly surveys with other members of the Manosalva research team. This candidate will work with and assist US collaborators on the development of isolate/clade/phenotypicspecific DNA- and protein-based diagnostic tools that will allow us to monitor the spread and distribution of more virulent and fungicide resistant isolates as well as to detect the emergence or introductions of new P. cinnamomi isolates, which can be detrimental for agriculture, forestry, natural communities, and biodiversity. This position entails laboratory, greenhouse, and field work. The appointee will analyze data, write progress reports, and publications in a timely manner as well as work and train graduate and undergraduate students in the lab.

Minimum qualifications

• A Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, or related areas.

• Experience working with oomycete or fungal pathogens (basic laboratory culture and greenhouse inoculation methods).

• Demonstrated skills and experience analyzing Next Generation Sequencing data.

• Experience with execution of bioinformatic pipelines for genome and transcriptome sequencing analyses.

• Extensive experience with DNA- and RNA-based techniques including nucleic acid isolation and qPCR.

• Strong publication records.

• Excellent communication and writing skills, since this position involves preparing research progress reports and assisting the PI in publications and grant writing activities.

• Work independently and in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment. The appointee will interact with a big research team of ~14 Co-Project Directors with different areas of expertise including Horticulturist, Plant Pathologist, Plant Breeders, Engineers, Bioinformaticians, Farm Advisors, and Extension Faculties.

Preferred qualifications

• Candidates with dual background in Phytophthora spp. biology and genomics will be strongly considered.

• Experience/knowledge related to plant-oomycete molecular interactions and effectoromics will be a plus.

• Experience working with pathogen diagnostic tools such as mitochondrial haplotypes, qPCR, and recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) will be a plus.

• Knowledge of Linux and computer programing languages will be a plus.

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.

How to Apply/Contact: The position could commence as early as November 1st, 2020 but no later than January 15th, 2021. Screening will start on September 30th and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should apply directly to Dr. Patricia Manosalva via email by submitting a single PDF file containing: cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) indicating how you meet the minimum qualifications and listing the contact information of three references to patricia.manosalva@ucr.edu. The subject of the email should be “Postdoctoral Scholar in Phytophthora cinnamomi”.

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.

 

Postdoctoral Scholar in avocado genetics and genomics  
UCR Avocado Rootstock Breeding Program

Posted: 9/1/2020

*** IMPORTANT:  DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THIS WEBSITE.  PLEASE READ THE JOB ADVERTISEMENT BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION. ***

The UCR avocado rootstock breeding program is recruiting for a highly motivated postdoc to work on multiple projects recently funded by the USDA and various industry partners. The UCR breeding program is a very active one, and is recognized worldwide. The goal of the program is to develop next-generation avocado rootstocks resistant to biotic (i.e. Phytophthora cinnamomi) and/or abiotic stresses (i.e. salinity, drought) using traditional breeding complemented with genomic-assisted breeding approaches.

Description. To lead existing and new projects focused on selecting new P. cinnamomi-resistant rootstocks and implementing molecular breeding tools for genomic selection in avocado. The appointee will use Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Technology to conduct genetic association studies in avocado using the existing avocado germplasm and mapping populations by exploring different approaches. Transcriptomic analyses will also be conducted to complement the genetic association studies. The successful candidate will also explore and develop high-throughput phenotypic methods for P. cinnamomi resistance screening under greenhouse and field conditions. This candidate will work with and assist U.S. and international collaborators on the development of the avocado genomic database and the validation of a sensor system for high-throughput phenotyping. This position entails laboratory, greenhouse, and field work. The appointee will write progress reports and publications in a timely manner.  

Minimum qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in plant genetics, plant genomics, plant breeding, or related areas including molecular plant pathology.
  • Strong publication records in the area of plant genomics or plant improvement.
  • Greenhouse and field experience.  
  • Strong statistical analyses skills.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience analyzing NGS data.
  • Experience with execution of bioinformatic pipelines. 
  • Demonstrated experience with marker association studies in plants.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, since this position involves preparing research progress reports and assisting the PI in publications and grant writing activities. 
  • Work independently and in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment. The appointee will interact with a big research team of ~14 Co-Project Directors with different areas of expertise including Horticulturist, Plant Pathologist, Engineers, Bioinformaticians, Farm Advisors, and Extension Faculties.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working with tree genomics and genetics will be strongly considered.
  • Knowledge of Linux and computer programing languages will be a plus.
  • Experience working in plant pathology/plant-microbe interactions.
  • Experience working with fungal or oomycete pathogens.

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.

How to Apply/Contact: The position could commence as early as November 1st, 2020 but no later than January 15th, 2021. Screening will start on September 15th and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is renewable for up to 4 years depending upon performance. Candidates should apply directly to Dr. Patricia Manosalva via email by submitting a single PDF file containing: cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) indicating how you meet the minimum qualifications and listing the contact information of three references to patricia.manosalva@ucr.edu. The subject of the email should be “Postdoctoral Scholar in avocado genetics and genomics”.   

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.

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

 

 

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