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Plant Biology

Life Sciences Addition
room 1002

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

(530) 752-0617

Assistant Project Scientist

The Shih lab in the UC Davis Department of Plant Biology is seeking a highly motivated Assistant Project Scientist for a full-time position. This positon will plan, supervise and perform research on screening and developing synthetic biology tools for the ultimate purpose of complex metabolic engineering efforts.

1) RESEARCH (90%)

Research Activity (75 %)
The appointee will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. Relying on expertise in plant metabolism, transcriptional regulation, molecular biology, plant transformation, and biochemistry, the appointee will design research projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. The appointee may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

Publication (10 %)
The appointee will prepare manuscripts describing research results and publish in peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with the PI and/or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition and Support (5 %)
The appointee will assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The appointee will assist in writing proposals for funding from funding organizations.


The appointee will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to her field of plant molecular biology and plant metabolic biochemistry and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The appointee will attend seminars to learn of new research results and will give oral presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.


The appointee will participate in the mentoring of undergraduate students and entering or rotating graduate students. The appointee will also help to organize summer internships for visiting students from HBCUs under programs currently funded by awards from federal granting agencies.


Basic Qualifications:

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in the field of plant biology, or genetics with a specialization in plant genetics. Additional requirements are a minimum of 3 years of research experience at the post- doctoral level, and a clear record of scientific productivity as evidenced by publications in leading journals, and participation in international scientific conferences.

Additional Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with plant metabolism, transcriptional regulation, and large-scale functional genomics efforts is required. Moreover, a deep understanding of plant primary and secondary metabolism is necessary.

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 Aug. 17, 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.