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Assistant Project Scientist/Trouillas 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.



Research activity (65%)

This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of fungal diseases of sweet cherry, olive and almond. The work will consist in investigating the cause of sudden decline of sweet cherry in California, including molecular identification of causal agents and demonstration of their pathogenicity. A second aspect of the work will consist in improving the management of canker diseases of sweet cherry, including evaluating the sanitary status of nursery stocks, assessing the role of pruning tools in disease transmission, and testing the efficacy of various compounds for the protection of pruning wounds. Another aspect of the work will consist in evaluating management strategies for a foliar disease of olive trees in California. The work will also include molecular analyses of pathogen populations of almond trees in order to improve our understanding of the pathogen epidemiology. This work will involve developing, evaluating and optimizing techniques, with emphasis on pathogenicity testing for soil borne pathogens, field plant pathology, and molecular genotyping and population genetics analyses. The incumbent will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases the candidate may supervise 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 PI or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from 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.


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.

When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions. (5%)


The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies.

The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

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)