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Assistant Project Scientist/Falk 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.1 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/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she 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 (70%)

This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of plant and insect viruses, and RNA interference (RNAi)-based approaches to target Diaphorina citri, the Asian citrus psyllid. Plant and insect viruses will be investigated as tools to deliver specific RNAi effectors to D. citri, and bioinformatics analysis of D. citri small RNAs and transcriptome will be performed to investigate candidate effectors and targets. This will include developing bioassays in D. citri and in insect cell culture systems. Ultimate goals of projects will involve identifying specific effectors and RNA targets of D. citri which can be used to induce desired phenotypes in D. citri.

This work will also involve developing, evaluating and optimizing molecular techniques, with emphasis on bioinformatics and using microRNA related techniques to identify and analyze new D. citri targets and assess efficacy of specific approaches to be used. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator.

The candidate may supervise undergraduate and graduate students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

Publication (10%)

The candidate will publish research results in peer reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the Pl or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will assist in developing grant proposals for funding from various groups including 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.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (10%)

The candidate will actively participate in professional conferences relative to virology, plant pathology, and RNAi. The candidate will review manuscripts for professional scientific journals and participate in professional committees. The candidate will be expected to give University seminars and participate as needed with educational functions.

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)