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The Emerson Lab at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to lead a project in soil and/or rhizosphere viral ecology using omic approaches, particularly metagenomics and/or metatranscriptomics. We are looking for a postdoc with a strong bioinformatics background to dive into this exciting new field. There is a fair amount of flexibility with regard to project choice, including the potential to publish quickly by taking a leading role in the continuation of existing projects (e.g., spatiotemporal dynamics of soil viral and microbial communities under different management practices in a tomato/corn rotation), and/or the potential to develop a new project.
The research project(s) will be bioinformatics-focused but can include field and laboratory components if desired, and there is funding available for the postdoc to develop their own research interests in collaboration with the PI. The postdoc’s primary project(s) can be tied to a variety of soil and plant types, including at natural and agricultural sites in and near Davis, CA. We have collaborative access to a number of ongoing greenhouse and field experiments to test the impacts of management practices, soil amendments, irrigation treatments, plant health vs. disease states, and changing environmental conditions on viral and microbial community composition and function in soil and the rhizosphere.
Candidates will be evaluated based on how well their background and interests prepare them for bioinformatics-oriented soil viral ecology research and, if the candidate proposes a new project (not required), how well that project aligns with our lab’s research interests. A positive and supportive environment is essential to the culture of our group, and evidence for working well both collaboratively and independently will be viewed favorably.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific meetings. The PI is committed to supporting the career interests of the Postdoctoral Researcher. Opportunities for writing grants, mentoring Ph.D. students and undergraduates, giving occasional guest lectures in university classrooms, attending seminars by industry representatives, and other career development experiences will be available. Our department also has a Postdoctoral Researchers Group that organizes social and career development opportunities for our postdocs.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will join a vibrant research community in microbiology, bioinformatics, ecology, plant pathology, soil science, and sustainable agriculture at UC Davis. Resources and collaborative opportunities at UC Davis include: the Genome Center http://genomecenter.ucdavis.edu/ and its bioinformatics core http://bioinformatics.ucdavis.edu/, the Microbiome Initiative http://research.ucdavis.edu/microbiome-srp/, the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility https://asi.ucdavis.edu/programs/rr, the UC Davis Natural Reserve System https://naturalreserves.ucdavis.edu/, and the multi-campus Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources http://ucanr.edu/index.cfm, including the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center http://kare.ucanr.edu/.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376.
Preferred start date between now and September 2019, but can be flexible for the right candidate
Relocation to Davis is preferred, but remote work may be possible.
• Ph.D. in Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Plant Pathology, Environmental Science or similar
• Bioinformatics experience (experience with large omic datasets is a plus)
• Molecular biological laboratory experience
• Demonstrated ability and desire to work both independently and collaboratively
• Strong publication record commensurate with experience
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, along with motivation to publish results and present at scientific meetings
Desired Qualifications (one or more of the following would be a plus):
• Bioinformatics experience with or a strong desire and demonstrated potential to learn many of the following: viral and/or microbial genome reconstruction from metagenomes (e.g., computational metagenomic assembly, genome binning, annotation, and biochemical pathway reconstruction), programming experience in Python, Perl, or similar, ecological statistical analyses (e.g., using R, PRIMER, or similar software), metatranscriptome analysis, network analysis
• Experience working with RNA in the laboratory
• Field, laboratory, and/or bioinformatics background in soil or plant-associated ecosystems
• Experience working with viruses, viral genomes, and/or viral metagenomes (microbial metagenomic experience would be a good substitute)
How To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for 3 references, and 2-3 representative publications (manuscripts in preparation or conference abstracts are a fine substitute for ongoing work) to our online submission system. References will only be contacted for finalists. In the cover letter, please: 1) indicate which example project topic(s) from this advertisement interest you and why, or briefly describe a related project that you would like to develop, and 2) briefly highlight your bioinformatics, field, and/or laboratory experience. This is all submitted to the RECRUIT system. For additional information about the position, please contact Joanne Emerson, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis at email@example.com.
One-year appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon continued funding, mutual agreement, and satisfactory performance (note that current funding is only available for one year, hence the consideration of remote work for the right candidate)
Approximate Hours Per Week
< 10% Travel
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.
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Cover Letter - In the cover letter, please: 1) indicate which example project topic(s) from this advertisement interest you and why, or briefly describe a related project that you would like to develop, and 2) briefly highlight your bioinformatics, field, and/or laboratory experience.
2- 3 representative publications (manuscripts in preparation or conference abstracts are a fine substitute for ongoing work)
- 3-5 required (contact information only)