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Postdoctoral Researcher-Brady Lab

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.

Application Window

Open date: August 18, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Oct 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 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

We are seeking a highly motivated and independent individual who is interested in pursuing an academic career in root development, plant-microbiome interactions, parasitic plant interactions or high-throughput plant phenotyping. Dr. Brady’s research focuses on the diverse ways in which the environment is able to interact with cell type developmental programs for favorable outcomes. The postdoctoral scholar who secures this position will identify microbes that can induce changes in cell wall differentiation in sorghum, rice and millet roots and test their consequence on interaction with the parasitic plant, Striga hermonthica.

The successful applicant will be responsible for developing a platform to perform histochemistry and imaging at cellular resolution, and to treat plants with individual microbes or synthetic communities at moderate to high throughput. Subsequent research will prioritize microbes for their ability to induce the trait of interest in sorghum, rice and millet. Bioinformatic analyses will identify closely related species which will be tested for improvement in the trait of interest. The applicant will work closely with a team in the Brady lab, as well as with collaborators in the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Senegal and the United Kingdom. They will have the opportunity to attend workshops or courses aimed at advancing their existing analytical skills as required by ongoing and future research projects, mentor students, and to participate in the preparation and writing of manuscripts and grants.

UC Davis is a vibrant academic environment and offers multiple opportunities for attending seminars and interacting with other groups that are interested in the molecular epidemiology of cancer and other diseases.

Applications from individuals with a background in studying organisms other than plants are equally encouraged. Appreciation and respect for human diversity is a must.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD in the area of Biology, Microbiology, Developmental Biology, Systems Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Plant Pathology or Genetics
• Experience in manipulating large-scale genomic data and efficient utilization of computer clusters.
• Demonstrated knowledge and programming experience in R.
• Demonstrated knowledge of imaging
• Demonstrated knowledge of research with microbes (bacteria and/or fungi)
• Familiarity and working knowledge of standard bioinformatics tools, packages, algorithms, and databases for the analysis of genetics data.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects.
• Highly motivated and committed to research.

Application Requirements

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.

  • List of Publications

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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Davis, CA