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Postdoctoral Reseach Associate

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 14th, 2019
Last review date: February 1st, 2019
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 28th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Type of Position: The initial appointment will be for 1 year with renewal dependent on satisfactory performance and available funding.

Employer: University of California – Davis

Location: Department of Plant Sciences, University of California – Davis, Davis, CA

Description of Location:

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and prevailing salary scale.

Benefits: Full benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, short term disability and life insurance.

Closing Date of Competition: Applications will be reviewed starting February 1, 2019 but will continue to be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected.

Date Position Available: Immediate

Description of Duties: The incumbent will conduct research, under field conditions and Contained Research Facilities, to contribute to the development of preemptive solutions for detection, containment, management, and eradication of branched broomrape Phelipanche ramose in California vegetable crop production systems. The successful candidate will develop a decision support system for integrated management of broomrape through calibration and validation of a thermal time predictive model of parasitism dynamics. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to all aspects of the project and help supervise research assistants and students.

Qualifications Sought:

• Ph.D. in Weed Science/Ecology, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Plant Science, or related fields
Experience and skills
• A sound knowledge of and research experience in weed science

• Prior experience in working with broomrape or other root parasitic plants is highly desirable
• Ability to work in contained research facilities and follow quarantine guidelines
• Modeling, quantitative and programing skills
• Experience in writing journal articles in English
• Experience in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students
• Valid driver’s license

Contact: Dr. Mohsen B. Mesgaran (email:, phone: 530-752-0852) or Dr. Brad Hanson (email:, phone: 530-752-8115)

Submit what: All applicants should send a cover letter indicating their interest and qualifications as related to the position along with a curriculum vitae.

Submit to:

All application material should be submitted as pdf files via email to:
Dr. Mohsen B. Mesgaran
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of California
Davis, CA 95618

Job location

Davis, California


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter indicating their interest and qualifications as related to the position.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
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