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Postdoc Scholar/Leveau 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 $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

Application Window

Open date: April 25, 2024

Most recent review date: Saturday, May 25, 2024 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, Jul 25, 2024 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

The Leveau lab at UC Davis invites highly motivated, qualified and independent individuals to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to study the plant pathobiome. More specifically, this Postdoctoral Fellow will describe, compare, explain, and predict the microbial communities that associate with the rhizosphere of diseased and healthy carrots (Daucus carota). The objective is to identify causative, facultative, and preventative agents of soilborne diseases of carrot and to build a knowledge base for microbiome-based solutions towards sustainable carrot production.
The successful applicant will be responsible for the design and execution of experiments that involve the sampling of carrots from experimental and commercial fields, the collection of bulk and rhizosphere soil from these carrots, the extraction of microbial DNA from soil and plant tissue, the preparation of this DNA for metagenomic and amplicon sequencing, and the use of bioinformatic pipelines to analyze and interpret the sequence data. Disease focus will be on cavity spot which is caused by the oomycete Pythium violae and on forking and galling of carrots which is induced by root-knot nematodes. The applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Johan Leveau at UC Davis, in close collaboration with Dr. Steven Klosterman and colleagues at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Salinas. The work will be performed in the laboratory of Dr. Leveau at UC Davis and in the brand new, state-of-the-art agriculture research facility at the USDA-ARS in Salinas. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to attend workshops or courses aimed at advancing their existing analytical skills as required by ongoing and future research projects, to 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 microbiota or diseases of plants and other organisms.
Applications from individuals with a background in studying the microbial communities from organisms other than plants are equally encouraged.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD in the area of microbiology, microbial ecology, plant pathology, host-microbe interactions, or similar.
• Experience in the sampling and DNA-based profiling of microbial communities by means of both shotgun sequencing and/or amplicon sequencing (for example,16S and ITS).

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

• Experience in the use of AI tools for the analysis of microbiome data.
• Working knowledge in culture-dependent approaches to interrogating plant microbiomes.
• Familiarity and working knowledge of standard bioinformatics tools, packages, algorithms, and databases for the analysis, visualization and interpretation of microbiome data.
• Demonstrated knowledge of R.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Highly motivated and committed to research.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - A brief statement of research accomplishments and qualifications as related to the job description (maximum three pages)

  • 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)
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Davis, CA