The successful candidate will examine the microbial ecology and management of key “soil health” problems that affect almond and other stone fruit orchards when they are replanted. Areas of focus could include: (i) examining interactions among soil and root microbial communities and chemical and physical soil properties as they affect growth and productivity of replanted stone fruit and nut orchards; (ii) optimizing organic soil amendment-based strategies, including anaerobic soil disinfestation, for management of stone fruit and nut replant problems, especially Prunus replant disease (a Prunus-specific growth suppression mediated in part by soil microbial communities in successive stone fruit and nut plantings); and (iii) determining impacts of whole orchard recycling (i.e., the process of incorporating old orchard residues into the resident soil before replanting instead of removing or burning the residues) on soil microbial communities and replanted stone fruit and nut orchard growth. The research will involve an interdisciplinary, collaborative team with collective expertise in plant pathology, microbiology, horticulture, soil science, and bioinformatics. The successful candidate will need to work effectively as a team member in lab, greenhouse, and field settings. The lab is committed to development of sustainable, practical management strategies for soilborne diseases of fruit and nut trees. Priority will be given to qualified candidates that can start research in summer 2018. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with opportunity for renewal.
The position requires a recent Ph.D. degree in plant pathology, soil microbiology, or a closely related field. Knowledge and experience with modern molecular methods used in environmental examinations (e.g., extraction and purification of nucleic acids from complex samples, PCR, microbial community analyses, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metabolomics, and proteomics) are required. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Motivation to solve complex agricultural problems is also essential.
USDA-ARS lab, Plant Pathology Department, UC Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616, USA. Position will involve travel to various field sites in California. UC Davis is a Land Grant University. For more information, see https://www.ucdavis.edu/
For additional information, contact Dr. Greg Browne, (530) 204-7281 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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