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Assistant Project Scientist/Michailides 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/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.

Major responsibilities and designated areas of expertise
I. Research in specialized areas (85% effort)
As a Project Scientist, you are expected to design and execute field and laboratory experiments relevant to the management of fungicide resistance in pathogens such as Alternaria spp. and Colletotrichum spp. in California grown pistachio, citrus, and avocados. These are very important pathogens causing diseases that develop in many California orchards, and result in an intense need for chemical control. The candidate is expected to study these diseases and develop disease management approaches. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to monitor and evaluate the sensitivity of these pathogens to single fungicides with the use of Spiral-Plater technique as well as to investigate multi-drug resistance development, including active ingredients belonging to the single target fungicides: demethylation inhibitors, quinone outside inhibitors, anilino-pyrimidines, phenylpyrroles, and succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors, all of which are registered and used in these crops. Common tasks will also involve developing, evaluating and optimizing molecular techniques, with emphasis on DNA sequencing, and PCR techniques to identify and detect the resistance mechanisms of these pathogens to different chemical groups. Also, by determining the resistance stability and competition capacity of these pathogens in comparison with the wild pathogen populations to suggest spray rotations programs to manage resistance and increased fungicide efficacy. The candidate also will evaluate efficacy trials and suggest field spray programs that stop or delay the increase selection among the pathogens populations in commercial and experimental fields. Other responsibilities will include collaborative and independent research and publication(s) as determined after agreement with the PI. Collaborative research should include other researchers from this (University of California) and other universities and institutes, as well as individuals from the pistachio and citrus industries, farm advisors, pest control advisers, and representatives of chemical industries. Publications in refereed journals will be both significant and meaningful contributions to the science of plant pathology and to the growers and their industries.

II. Professional competence and activity (15% effort)
The candidate will participate in appropriate professional/technical societies, conferences, workshops, and Pistachio, Citrus, and Avocado Day events to communicate and present the research performed at the University of California under industry and State funded projects. Write and review research proposals to the California Pistachio Research Board and the Citrus and Avocado Research Boards and complete the relevant industry report at the end of each research cycle. Co-advise undergraduate and PhD students in topics related to the fungicide resistance and general plant pathology and supervise laboratory helps.

Job location

Parlier, California


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)