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Notice of Intent to Hire- H1B

Posted: 7/16/2020
 

Assistant Project Scientist in Plant Pathology

Posted: 6/5/2020
 

The Department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside invites applicants for an Assistant Project Scientist to conduct research in the laboratory of Dr. James Adaskaveg. In this position, the selected applicant will perform research on the detection, identification, quantification, and management of Phytophthora spp. and fungal pathogens causing diseases on tree fruit crops using microbiological and molecular techniques. Skills required are: Isolation, culturing, and maintaining plant pathogens in axenic culture; DNA extractions from plant and fungal tissues, and standard and quantitative DNA amplifications using qPCR techniques. Assist in research on the sensitivity of plant pathogens to fungicides and on infection mechanisms of citrus pathogens. Conduct and assist in pre- and postharvest studies on foliar, fruit, and root disease control and on pathogenicity and virulence of plant pathogens. This includes operating equipment and driving vehicles to and from test sites and spend considerable time in the field. Supervise and oversee activities of students and/or lab assistants in assigned research. Communicate information to PI or senior project scientist regarding research results and needs for conducting additional research and completing projects. Prepare data summaries in tables and graphs with statistics (using SAS or R), as well as written reports and final publications.

Successful applicants should have extensive experience using pesticide application equipment and doing independent field sampling. Additionally, applicants should have a strong conceptual background in fungal species identification by morphological and molecular methods, as well as fungicide chemistry including modes of action, baseline sensitivity using spiral gradient dilution technology, and fungicide resistance management, and should have demonstrated experience in working with Phytophthora spp. We are seeking applicants who are highly motivated, independent, proactive, hardworking, productive, and who work well in a team-oriented environment.

Basic qualifications for this position include: a Ph.D. in a relevant field, at least three years of postdoctoral experience in Agricultural Sciences, and a driver license. Preferred qualifications for this position include: expertise in agronomy, horticulture science, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant sciences and experience using pesticide application equipment and doing independent field research.

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.

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.

Advancement through the Project Scientist ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

To Apply: Application materials for this position should be submitted through https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01289. Please provide a full curriculum vitae, Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will commence on June 30, 2020, and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications prior to the above date. For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Rocio McFadden, Academic Personnel Assistant at rocio.mcfadden@ucr.edu. Additional information about the Department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology can be found at https://microplantpath.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

 

 

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