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Assistant Project Scientist/Ullman lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 8th, 2019
Next review date: February 22nd, 2019
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: April 12th, 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.




The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but
may do so by exception.



Research activity (55%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating how fundamental biological interactions between the Western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis, and a plant virus it transmits, Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) (genus Tospovirus), may modulate insect-plant interactions and host plant defenses of agriculturally significant plant hosts (i.e., tomato). The candidate will conduct multifaceted, integrated, experiments to address questions about how TSWV infection of WFT affects expression of transcripts enriched in the SGs (SG-enriched transcripts), and the SG proteome and secretome (proteins secreted into saliva). The candidate will work with the Principal Investigator (PI) to design and implement experiments to tie these fundamental findings to a whole-organism view by asking questions about the impact of differential expression of SG-enriched proteins on plant defenses and WFT physiology, behavior and fitness, thus identifying salivary proteins that may serve to facilitate feeding or as effectors modulating plant defenses. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the PI. The candidate will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, daily laboratory, insect colony and/or isolate maintenance, as well as methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. The candidate may also mentor undergraduates in developing independent research projects within the scope of the described research program.

Publication (25%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.

When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies.
The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

A Ph.D. Degree is required in entomology, or related agricultural sciences field. Experience with biochemistry, molecular biology, western flower thrips biology and Tomato spotted wilt virus infections of thrips and plants is preferred, along with experience dissecting organs from small insects, and conducting virus-insect vector experimentation. Salary commensurate with experience.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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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