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Post Doctoral Scholar Positions - HHMI Wheat molecular genetics laboratory. (Department of Plant Sciences)

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Three full time Post Doctoral Scholar positions are open immediately in the Dubcovsky Wheat Molecular Genetics laboratory at UC Davis for one year, with possibilities of extension depending on performance. Our laboratory has recently renewed its Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) funding until 2024 so we have possibilities to grow. Our research program integrates genetics, genomics, and biochemistry to investigate wheat development to improve wheat. A complete list of publications from the lab is available at

We are particularly interested in individuals that have the skills and interest to combine bioinformatics, genetics, and plant molecular biology to solve relevant questions in wheat development and improvement. We are looking for applicants that are motivated, creative, enthusiastic, and ready to enter a collaborative and intellectually stimulating environment. Excellent communication skills are expected, and a strong publication record with demonstrated writing skills is a plus.

• Bioinformatician: We are looking for an individual to support and be part of multiple projects that require the application and development of bioinformatic tools based on high throughput sequencing technologies. These will include the analysis of exome capture, RNAseq, ATACseq and ChipSeq data, as well as identification of natural and induced mutations. Ability to implement genome analyses pipelines are a plus. The selected candidate will be also in charge of the lab bioinformatics web-tools and the maintenance of servers and storage devices. A PhD or Ms in related areas is required.

• Molecular Geneticist: The objective of this project is the positional cloning of a gene responsible for a drastic developmental switch in the wheat root meristem associated with significant differences in wheat yield under normal and stressed environments. We have a robust and fast phenotypic assay in place and a list of candidate genes. Strong molecular genetics and genomics skills are required. Experience in wheat is a plus. The candidate is expected to generate constructs for transgenics and gene editing experiments and to develop creative strategies to validate the candidate genes. A PhD in related areas is required. See initial publication on this project

• Plant Molecular Biologist and Biochemist: This project is focused on the characterization of the initial phases of wheat development and the early stages of spike development. We have already identified important regulatory genes and miRNAs. Experience in plant development and documented plant molecular biology and biochemistry skills are important. Experience in wheat is a plus. The candidate is expected to characterize mutants and generate constructs for transgenics and gene editing experiments. A PhD in related areas is required.

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.

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