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Plant Biology

Life Sciences Addition
room 1002

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

(530) 752-0617

Junior Specialist Position

1. Research (90%):

This position requires the successful candidate to contribute intellectually and technically to an active research program on plant genomics. The candidate will work with a team under the supervision of the PI (Sundaresan) to design experiments, execute them, and organize the results in preparation of scientific publications or grant proposals. Active participation in the writing and editing of scientific papers is expected. Experience in standard protocols for plant molecular biology and genetics is preferred. These include isolation of nucleic acids from plants and analyze using techniques that include PCR, gel electrophoresis, and genotyping of segregating populations of rice plants for mutations. Responsibilities will be as follows:

  1. Prepare DNA and RNA sequencing libraries. Organize data from sequencing experiments and analyze using online bioinformatics tools when needed.
  2. Construct recombinant clones of plant DNA and RNA, including vectors for genome editing. Transfer cloned genes into bacterial, yeast, and plant cells.
  3. Isolate and Culture bacterial species associated with roots of rice plants, conduct experiments requiring the growth of rice plants under aseptic conditions and inoculation of these plants with mixtures of soil bacteria or bacterial cultures to measure responses.
  4. Record observations of plant growth, mainly rice. Keep track of and help to maintain plants grown in growth chambers and the greenhouse, Stage and harvest plant material for experiments, Dissect plant material for experiments, Manipulate and monitor conditions for plant growth
    when required for experiments, Collect plant material and soil from fields in which rice plants are cultivated.
  5. Assist with basic lab functions, such as ordering supplies and equipment, and maintaining lab safety protocols, under the mentorship of the PI.

2. Professional Competence & Activity (5%):

The candidate will be expected to actively contribute to the weekly research meetings of the laboratory, and will make presentations an average of 2 times a year on the research progress. The candidate will also attend seminars and present posters or talks at conferences.

3. University and Public Service (5%):

The candidate will be engaged in outreach activities that include organizing a summer training workshop for students and faculty from Langston University, a historically black university in Oklahoma.


Basic Qualifications:

Applicants must have a B.S. in Genetics or Plant Biology or Molecular Biology or related field, with a strong background in courses covering molecular biology.

Additional Qualifications:

Applicants should have experience with techniques of plant molecular biology and genetics, such as isolation of nucleic acids, PCR, molecular genotyping, and subcloning.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior familiarity with rice genetics is preferred but not essential. In addition, the applicant should be able to quickly learn techniques involving DNA and RNA sequencing libraries, analysis of online bioinformatics tools, recombinant clones of plant DNA and RNA, use of vectors for genome editing, transfer cloned genes into bacterial, yeast, and plant cells, molecular and microbiological analysis of bacterial species associated with roots of rice plants, conduct experiments requiring the growth of rice plants under aseptic conditions and inoculation of these plants with bacterial cultures to measure responses.

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit all materials via the web-based online submission system
( Required materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two professional refernces. A Statement of Research (no more than two pages) and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity are requested but not required. The deadline for full consideration is April 16, 2019.
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.