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Postdoctoral Scholar/Al Rwahnih

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 19th, 2019
Last review date: Monday, Aug 19, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.


Job Details
A post-doctoral fellowship is available at the Department of Plant Pathology/Foundation Plant Services, University of California-Davis for individuals interested in studying the diversity and pathogenicity of viruses and virus-like pathogens of fruit and nut trees and grapevines. We are seeking ambitious, motivated scientists that are driven by an enthusiasm for science. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking. It is expected that the candidate have knowledge and experiences in the application of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) and related bioinformatics. The scientist will also be expected to develop, evaluate and optimize techniques, with emphasis on quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR, to improve detection of known and novel viruses and virus-like pathogens as they are characterized. The successful candidate should have the ability to design and analyze research experiments that leads to publication of results in peer-reviewed journals. Ability to work well in a team as well as independently is a must. Responsibilities also include field trips for sample collection. The position is currently available for one year. Further extension is dependent on availability of funds and satisfactory progress.

At UC Davis, a postdoctoral scholar is one who trains under the direction of a (research) mentor in a substantial full-time program of advanced research and training beyond the doctoral level, in preparation for an independent career. Postdoctoral scholars may expect the opportunity for collaborative and independent research and publication as determined by mutual agreement with their mentor.

In accordance with Article 9 – Individual Development Plans and Progress Assessments, in the CBA, your supervisor/mentor is required to provide you with at least one written evaluation per 12-month appointment. You may request that the goals and expectations on which you will be assessed be provided in writing.

Job Requirements
For this research project, we are looking for talented scientists with a PhD degree in Plant Pathology with a preferred background in Plant Virology. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a strong background in molecular biology techniques. Previous experience with high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics is desired. Strong oral and written communication skills in English is a must. The incumbent is expected to have or obtain a California driver license to visit vineyards and orchards for field studies.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter and contact information of three professional references. For more information on this position, please contact Dr Maher Al Rwahnih, e-mail:

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:

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)