Postdoctoral positions in quantitative genetics and plant-pathogen interactions in citrus
Location: Riverside, California
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Area of Focus:
The Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California invites applicants for two full-time postdoctoral scholars to conduct applied research for the Seymour Lab in Riverside, CA. A major ongoing challenge to citrus improvement is the bacterial disease Huanglongbing. One of the advertised positions will utilize transcriptomics to explore the genetic basis of tolerance to the disease using a diverse collection of citrus cultivars. The second position will focus on exploring the genetic basis of field performance in a large set of infected field trees. The final candidates will have obtained a PhD in plant genetics, plant pathology, plant breeding, or a related discipline. A strong background in genetics and/or plant-pathogen interactions is required and working knowledge of one or more programming languages is desirable. Candidates without experience in programming are still encouraged to contact the PI to discuss their skills and interests. Experience in the analysis of short-read sequencing data sets, including familiarity with either RNA-seq analysis or the identification of genetic variants, and/or experience with genetic mapping techniques is beneficial. The causal agent of Huanglongbing is a BSL-3 level pathogen and experience working in containment facilities is valuable. Research in the lab is collaborative with opportunities to interact with citrus researchers across the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. Ability to work as part of team, and excellent written and oral communication skills are required. These positions are two-year appointments with the potential for extension contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding. The start date for this position is open-ended, but earlier dates are preferred.
Required qualifications for this position that must be met by the date of application include: PhD in plant genetics, plant pathology, plant breeding, or a related discipline.
Preferred qualifications for this position include: Working knowledge of one or more programming languages and experience in the analysis of short-read sequence data. Individuals without this experience are encouraged to apply if they have a strong background in plant-pathogen interactions and/or experience working in a containment facility.
To apply: submit 1) a cover letter detailing your research experiences, interests, and career goals, 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will commence on October 15, 2021 and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications prior to the above date.
For more information about this position, please contact Danelle Seymour, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at email@example.com. Additional information about the Seymour Lab can be found here: https://www.seymour-lab.com/
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