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Junior Specialist – Molecular Plant Biologist-Dinesh-Kumar Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 21st, 2019
Last review date: Monday, Nov 4, 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, Nov 18, 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.


A Junior Specialist position is available in the laboratory of Professor Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar. The Kumar laboratory operates out of the UC Davis Genome Center, a state-of-the-art genomic research facility,

In direct collaboration with the Principal Investigator and other lab personnel, the Junior Specialist will participate in publishable research in the area of host-microbe interactions in plants.

Research (85%)
The candidate will specifically participate in studying molecular basis of host-microbe interactions and developing approaches to express Cas9 and related nucleases and guide RNAs (gRNAs) for gene editing in plants. In addition, the candidate will develop viral vectors to knockdown gene expression by virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) approach. As a member of the research team, work will include cloning, protein expression, gene editing analyses, immunoblotting, disease assays, Agro-based transient expression and VIGS. The candidate will maintain plants in the tissue culture, green house, and growth chambers; and perform plant transformation and genotyping. Additional duties include general laboratory maintenance such ordering supplies, preparation of solutions and media, preparing E. coli and Agrobacterium stocks and maintaining frozen stocks of plasmids.

Professional Competence (10%)
The Junior Specialist is expected to work semi-independently with oversight from the principal investigator, postdoc and graduate student. The candidate is expected to participate in design of the experimental plan and individual experiments. The candidate will keep a detailed laboratory notebook/digital notebook including experimental methods and results. The candidate will assist in preparing data figures and tables and summary of results for progress reports to the funding agency. The candidate will also participate in writing of research results for publication by writing sections of the manuscript and/or help editing the manuscript. The candidate may present research findings in the suitable external scientific meetings on campus or outside depending on the availability of funds.

University and Public Service (5%)
The Junior Specialist will participate in training undergraduate students and present research data in lab meetings and department retreats.

To Apply: Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Research Statement, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and contact information for 3 references via this URL:

Questions: Please direct questions to Kahla Wallace:

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Job location

Davis, Ca


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • 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 required (contact information only)