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Assistant Professor Position - Plant Developmental Biology

Department of Plant Biology,
College of Biological Sciences,
University of California, Davis


The Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences, at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the broadly defined field of Plant Developmental Biology. This position is intended for early career scientists who are carrying out leading-edge research in the field of Plant Developmental Biology. The Department seeks a highly collaborative scientist who will capitalize on a broad range of questions pursued in the Department from the molecular and cellular levels to the whole plant.

Candidates should have a Ph. D. in Plant Biology, Biological Science, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, or a related discipline, with significant post-doctoral research experience in the field of plant developmental biology and have an outstanding record of research achievement. The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent program with emphasis on topics related to plant developmental biology. In addition, the Department of Plant Biology places a high priority on teaching and the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching and service missions of the Department and the College.

Candidates should provide names and addresses of three to five references and submit the following materials, online, at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05104 (a) cover letter, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) summary of research accomplishments (up to 2 pages), (d) clearly focused description of future research plans (up to 3 pages), (e) copies of major publications, (f) a one page statement of teaching experience, philosophy, and/or interest, and g) a one page statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested).

Closing date: Open until filled; to assure full consideration, applications should be received no later than October 28, 2022.

For questions about the position and application please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Neelima Sinha (nrsinha@ucdavis.edu) or Co-Chair Professor Siobhan Brady (sbrady@ucdavis.edu). Administrative contact: Lisa Blake (lmblake@ucdavis.edu).

The University of California, Davis, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Department encourages women and minorities to apply. UC Davis has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and received an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting diversity in STEM faculty, with emphasis on Hispanic Women/Latinas (http://ucd-advance.ucdavis.edu/). Several UC Davis ADVANCE initiatives, such as the  Center for Multicultural Perspectives in Science (CAMPOS), in addition to Work-Life programs offered by the Office of the Vice Provost Academic Affairs are working together to make UC Davis a model for inclusivity and collegiality for all academic faculty, staff and students.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/work-life/index.html

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/work-life/index.html

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and dean’s offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited, for full program details please visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/partner-opportunities-program-pop

Junior Specialist - Bogar Lab

Bogar Lab Junior Specialist Recruitment 2022
 

The Bogar Lab in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis is seeking a Junior Specialist to contribute to ecological, physiological, and genomic investigations of symbiosis between plant roots and soil fungi. The Junior Specialist will work closely with the PI and other lab members to design and implement a variety of projects focused on ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. They will be involved in: 1) Propagating and caring for plant seedlings and fungal culture and spore collections; 2) synthesizing mycorrhizal associations between plants and fungi; 3) dissecting symbiotic plants and fungi and taking physiological measurements, and 4) extracting DNA and RNA from the resulting tissues and soils and preparing libraries for sequencing. They will also contribute to lab maintenance and upkeep, including tracking inventories and ordering supplies as needed; maintaining freezers and responding in case of emergency freezer failure; washing and storing lab ware and plant propagation equipment for experiments; and helping to ensure compliance with laboratory safety requirements. If interested, the Junior Specialist may also be involved in collecting plant and fungal propagules on occasional field trips. The Junior Specialist will have the opportunity to develop and investigate an independent research question focused on the data they will produce, contributing their findings to publications with appropriate acknowledgement.

The Junior Specialist is expected to have some research experience in plant or microbial systems with a molecular emphasis, but will be trained in the required skills specific to their projects. Experience with techniques such as sterile fungal and plant propagation (especially experience with conifer and/or Populus seedlings), plant and/or fungal ecophysiology (e.g. photosynthesis and stomatal conductance monitoring; shoot water potential measurements), DNA and/or RNA extraction and library preparation, and interpretation of gene expression or microbiome data is desirable, but not required. The Bogar Lab values diversity and is committed to maintaining a culture of inclusion. We encourage applications from all interested candidates, especially those whose backgrounds are underrepresented in the scientific community.

A. Research and lab maintenance (90%): The Junior Specialist will work closely with lab members to help plan and conduct experiments on plant-fungal interactions. They will follow and optimize laboratory protocols for nucleic acid extraction and sterile plant and fungal propagation, maintain large experiments in growth chamber and greenhouse contexts, and will be creatively involved in designing and implementing appropriate harvest protocols at the end of experiments to ensure rigorous molecular and physiological data collection. The Junior Specialist will discuss and interpret their research results with lab members and will co-author resulting publications as appropriate. In addition, they will help keep the lab running smoothly by managing inventory, maintaining specialized equipment such as freezers, keeping benches and workspaces clean, preparing buffers, media, and reagents for ongoing lab projects, and helping to create a culture of safety in the laboratory.

B. Professional Competence and Activity (5%) The Junior Specialist will attend seminars on topics related to fields of interest, participate and present in lab meetings and participate in scientific discussions with colleagues, and may engage in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills depending on the candidate’s long-term goals.

C. University and Public Service (5%) The Junior Specialist will participate in public outreach activities and will help coordinate the activities of undergraduate research students.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Plant Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Ecology, or another related field
  • Experience in molecular protocols, DNA or RNA focused
  • Experience in organizing experiments and data collection
  • Experience in plant, fungal, or microbial research

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with sterile culturing techniques
  • Experience in plant growth and maintenance
  • Data analysis and visualization skills in R and/or Python
  • Experience with library preparation for Illumina sequencing
  • Experience maintaining large experiments over extended periods.

To apply: Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for 3 references and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, via this URL: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF05226. The deadline for full consideration is October 23, 2022. Questions: Please direct questions to Dr. Laura Bogar - lmbogar@ucdavis.edu.

  • The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC  Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
  • UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/). If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Junior Specialist - Maldonado Lab - 2022

Maldonado Lab Junior Specialist Recruitment 2022

The Department of Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a Junior Specialist in biochemistry and structural biology to join the lab of Dr. María Maldonado.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Research (80%): This position will entail carrying out mitochondrial isolation and the purification of membrane-protein complexes performing biochemical, biophysical and molecular assays to understand the structure of function of respiratory complexes in photosynthetic organisms. The candidate will develop protocols and optimize conditions for protein stabilization in solution and develop protocols for the purification of intact respiratory complexes and supercomplexes. Using the purified complex, they will perform quantitative activity assays and single-particle cryogenic electron microscopy experiments. The candidate will summarize data, prepare figures and have the opportunity to assist in writing manuscripts for publication and grant proposals.
University and Public Service (20%): The candidate will present their research in weekly laboratory meetings. The candidate will oversee orientation and training of incoming lab personnel as needed. The candidate also will be responsible for ordering lab supplies, maintaining equipment, overseeing lab safety as well as other lab management duties as needed.
 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

Qualified applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry or structural, molecular or cellular biology or related field. Candidate must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data and to archive and document reagents and data for publications, grant proposals, and/or presentations. Solid organizational and communication skills are a must. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication and decision-making skills and the ability to work well both independently and as a part of a team.
 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Prior experience in lab management and mentoring trainees. Previous experience or coursework in plant biochemistry, algal culturing or enzyme kinetics.

To apply: Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for 3 references and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, via this URL: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05309. The deadline for full consideration is November 11, 2022. Questions: Please direct questions to Dr. María Maldonado, mmaldo@ucdavis.edu.

  • The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
  • UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/). If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.