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Assistant Project Scientist - Dubcovsky Lab

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The Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant Project Scientist to work in the Dubcovsky Lab.

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.


The major responsibility of this Project Scientist position is the identification and characterization of genes regulation wheat yield under normal and stress conditions. He is also responsible for completing the objectives presented in the US/Israel BARD proposal US-4916-16. The overall goal of this project is to identify the gene responsible for the differences in root development discovered in isogenic lines carrying recombinant 1RS-1BS chromosomes. For the identification and characterization of yield QTL the candidate will perform genome wide association analysis, validate QTL in nested association mapping populations and generate high density maps using Heterozygous Inbreed families (HIFs). He will identify candidate genes using genomics and expression data and will validate using mutants, gene editing and transgenic experiments.


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 wheat yield. The candidate will help to evaluate and adjust research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. The project scientist will design specific experiments, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. The candidate will supervise students or technicians performing some of the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. The project scientist will be responsible for all the crosses and for the maintenance and characterization of the plants used in the different experiments. The candidate is expected to maintain detailed electronic records of the different experiments and provide this data and summary tables and explanations to the PI every four months. The candidate will analyze large datasets using R and basic bioinformatics scripts.
Publication (20%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals 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 including the renewal of the BARD grant. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by the granting agencies.

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. The candidate will give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

The candidate will make presentations of his/her scientific research results to small grains growers and industry during field days. The candidate will engage in University service activities such as invited lectures, committee service, participation at University activities such as Field Days, Picnic days, and other events. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Plant Sciences, Wheat Genetics or related fields. The candidate should have experience in plant breeding and molecular genetics as well as excellent communication skills both verbally and written. This position will require travel is occasional overnight stays for field work and meetings. Previous postdoctoral experience preferred.

This is a one year position from date of hire with the possibility of extension.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (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
  • 1-3 required (contact information only)