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Plant Biology

Life Sciences Addition
room 1002

Univ. of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

(530) 752-0617


The Shih lab in the UC Davis Department of Plant Biology is seeking a highly motivated Junior Specialist for a full-time position. The Junior Specialist will carry out experiments and contribute to the project. The appointee possesses some subject matter expertise necessary to carry out experiments. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Junior specialists will work with other postdoctoral researchers and the PI on experiments and data interpretation. He/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation.


Perform research on screening and developing synthetic biology tools for the ultimate purpose of improving plant transformation and genetic engineering efforts.

1) RESEARCH (90 %)
The appointee will help to carry out research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. Experience in microbiology and molecular biology preferred. The appointee may work with other postdocs to help guide research and troubleshoot experiments. The appointee will generate and organize data from experiments.

The appointee will participate in lab meetings and one on one meetings with the Principal

The appointee will participate in carrying out experiments that will provide the underlying research for future potential undergraduate researchers.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Qualified applicants must have at least a B.S. or M.A. in a field of biology or genetics.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Lab experience specifically in molecular biology and have experience working with
  • Agrobacterium, yeast, and protein biochemistry preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data and to archive, label and document graphic and tabular data for publication, proposals, and/or presentations.

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit all materials via the web-based online submission system ( Required materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of contributions to Diversity. A statement on research (no more than two pages) is requested but not required. The deadline for full consideration is Nov. 7, 2018

The University of California, Davis is interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.