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Assistant Project Scientist/Ronald Lab

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The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.



Research activity (60%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of grass genetics. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with Principal Investigator Ronald. He will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. The post doc shall be responsible for establishing a functional genomics resource for a model grass. The functional genomics studies, gene isolation and engineering will be carried out in rice. In addition to the main project, the postdoc will contribute to characterization of plants with mutations in these genes. The postdoc will also advise on setting up a sorghum pathosystem. Candidates for the position should have experience with plant genetics, plant pathology, biochemistry and molecular biology and should hold a Ph.D in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, plant genetics or related areas. The position involves collaboration with internal and external collaborators. Other essential skills include:
• Experience with plant molecular biology
• Experience with functional genomics in grasses
• Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, maintain appropriate records and manage data.
• Strong collaborative skills and ability to work in a team environment.
• Good verbal and written communication skills

Essential duties:

• Reverse genetics in rice
• Genome sequencing
• Cosegregation analysis
• Characterization of transgenic plants
• Genomics and bioinformatics of grasses
• Collect and analyze data and prepare results for publication in scientific
journals and presentations at seminars
• Ensure efficient collaboration and coordination with internal and external
• Maintain an accurate and detailed scientific logbook of all experiments
performed. Ensure that others could duplicate results.
• Assist PI with training and managing the workflow of technical staff and
• Participate in group meetings and seminars.

Publication (5%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team

Grant Acquisition (5%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.

• Present research to grant officials and advisory committees

Ph.D. Degree is required. Ph.D. degree in plant pathology or related agricultural sciences field.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)