Open date: September 21, 2023
Most recent review date: Friday, Oct 13, 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: Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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We are looking for a Post-Doctoral Scholar that will work in food safety microbiology, molecular/ genomic methods, and veterinary epidemiology, and in the laboratory of Dr. Alda Pires, Department of Population and Health and Reproduction at the University of California, Davis. The job holder will be part of an inter-disciplinary, team of epidemiologists, researchers and extension specialists that conducts applied research, development quantitative methods to improve food safety, animal health and infectious disease control programs, implementation of outreach programs and translational science in national and international projects.
The job holder will be based at UC Davis (California) and will work with, epidemiologists, microbiologists, soil scientists, economists, other scientists and policy makers on a wide range of issues related to integrated crop-livestock systems in a USDA funded project investigating the effect of orchard grazing on soil health, pest control and food safety risks in orchards in California. This is a multi-institutional project in collaboration with University of California Davis and Riverside, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, and The Organic Center, stakeholders and industry collaborators. The job holder will work on a USDA funded projects on integrated crop-livestock systems, diversified small-scale farms and food safety risks, soil amendments use, development of and implementation of outreach tools.
The responsibility of the candidate will be to perform and participate in all aspects of research project: laboratory coordination (ordering equipment and supplies), coordinating and designing of field trials and sampling protocols, conducting field sampling and data collection, designing microbial studies (culturing, detection, and isolation of foodborne pathogens, performing molecular studies (WGS, microbiota analysis , DNA extraction and library preparation), delivering data analysis using novel bioinformatics tools, writing reports, and preparing manuscripts for refereed journal publication. Projects will incorporate a range of field trials, experimental (molecular), informatics, and computational approaches.
Additional project opportunities include foodborne pathogens risk analysis, quantitative risk assessments and infectious diseases modeling. Other activities include the mentoring of undergraduate students and graduate scholars and participation in teaching and outreach activities.
Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have: (i) A Ph.D. in microbiology, food science, veterinary epidemiology, or related disciplines with experience in the fields of microbial food safety, infectious diseases, or animal health; (ii) robust research experience in microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics (iii) a strong and proven record of scientific accomplishment by peer-reviewed publications; (iv) strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills. The successful candidate must be able to (i) work independently and as an effective member of a multidisciplinary collaborative team; (ii) to manage confidential databases, demonstrated project management expertise and strong interpersonal skills. The following additional qualifications will be considered: (i) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM or equivalent), (ii) research experience in quantitative epidemiology and risk assessments, (iii) experience in applying computational methods to genomic data, (iv) field work experience, and (v) outreach and capacity building experience. Participation in the preparation of research grant applications and reports is also expected.
The UC Salary scales (https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/index.html) 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 $64,480 - $77,327. "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.
The preferred candidate will have:
• A Ph.D. in microbiology, food science, veterinary epidemiology, or related disciplines with experience in the fields of microbial food safety, infectious diseases, or animal health;
• robust research experience in microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics
• a strong and proven record of scientific accomplishment by peer-reviewed publications;
• strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
The successful candidate must be able to:
• work independently and as an effective member of a multidisciplinary
• manage confidential databases, demonstrated project management expertise and strong interpersonal skills.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM or equivalent)
- Research experience in quantitative epidemiology and risk assessments
- Participation in the preparation of research grant applications and reports is expected
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