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Comai Junior Specialist

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A Junior Specialist position is available in the Comai laboratory. The Comai laboratory is a plant genomics laboratory at the University of California at Davis and affiliated with the department of Plant Biology. It is located in the Genome Center, a state-of-the-art genomic research facility, and has an existing staff of about fifteen people ( In direct collaboration with the Principal Investigator(s), this position will be involved in the mint genomics research project, which focuses on developing novel breeding and genomics tools for mint improvement.

Research (85%)

The candidate will specifically participate in the development of functional genomics tools for mint via the development of tissue culture protocols for a variety of Mentha species and development methods for non-transgenic genetic engineering of mint protoplasts using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. As a member of the research team, work will include tissue culture and regeneration, physiology, DNA/RNA preparations, DNA Sequencing (Sanger and next-generation sequencing), molecular biology and cloning, and plant transformation.

The candidate will prepare manuscripts for publications, in collaboration with direct advisors. Manuscript preparation by the candidate will include reviewing the relevant literature and summarizing these reviews in the introduction, describing results and methods used to acquire the results, presenting and analyzing data obtained by the candidate, constructing clear and informative figures, interpreting the results and discussing how they fit in the current understanding of the field. Depending on whether the candidate is first or middle author of the manuscript in preparation, the candidate will contribute these items for most of the manuscript or only the part they contributed.

Professional Competence (10%)

Depending on interest and availability of funds, the Junior Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at scientific conferences or meetings. The candidate will also assist the investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies.

University and Public Service (5%)

The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities, such as mentoring undergraduate students. They will actively contribute to lab activities via meetings and unit/campus presentations.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)