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Postdoctoral Scholar in Genomic Characterization and Pre-Breeding of Pod Traits in Snap Bean

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year. The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $71,952. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: July 14, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Aug 7, 2023 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: Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 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.

Position description

Dr. Travis Parker and Dr. Christine Diepenbrock are looking for a candidate with experience and interest in plant genetics, genomics, transcriptional networks, and pre-breeding. Snap (green) beans show high levels of instability in pod traits due to both genetic reversion and genotype x environment interactions. The successful postdoc candidate will manage a project exploring the existing genetic diversity of snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), characterizing patterns of genetic reversion and environmental instability, and applying this knowledge in a pre-breeding program. Materials evaluated will include the broad diversity of the Snap bean Diversity Panel and Andean Diversity Panel. Previous experience with these populations is a plus.

The successful candidate will be expected to be curious and motivated, work well both collaboratively and individually, participate in project meetings, and train graduate and undergraduate students.

The position is for a maximum of two years, reviewed annually, and will be at 100% time, paid according to the University of California postdoc pay scale.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • A Ph.D. in Plant Science, Genetics, Crop Science, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, or related field.
  • Experience with modern genetic, genomic, and bioinformatic methods, such as Illumina WGS data, SNP data, RNA-seq, QTL mapping, and/or GWAS
  • Strong understanding of applied statistics
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and individual setting
  • Strong scientific curiosity and motivation, and a history of publishing high-quality work
Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Experience managing large plant populations in the field and greenhouse
  • Programming experience, e.g. R or Shell scripting in Linux-like environments
  • Previous study of pod traits in snap beans or other legumes

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA 95616