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Assistant Project Scientist- Luo Lab

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

Research activity (75%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of plant genomics and genetics within specific plant germplasm (e.g., wheat, walnut, etc.) to unravel the underlying evolutionary mechanism. The incumbent will have the ability to perform advanced genomic analysis to analyze and interpret a large volume of data sets from multiple platforms (Bionano, Illumina, PacBio, Hi-C, 10X, etc.) to drive genomic discovery. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for supervising and carrying out projects of genome assembly, molecular marker development and deployment, involving the whole-genome optical map construction and sequences from various platforms. The incumbent will also optimize protocols/parameters for different genomes, monitor data quality, and supervise data management and reporting.

Publication (10%)
The incumbent 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 incumbent will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations including the renewal of the grant. The incumbent will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by the granting agencies.

The incumbent will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her
specific field of plant genomics and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The incumbent will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and rofessional interest groups.

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. in Plant Sciences, Genetics, Genomics or related fields, with an emphasis in structural genomics. The candidate is expected to possess extensive knowledge and experiences in both wet lab setting and bioinformatic analysis of large genomic datasets, especially in producing and utilizing various genomic resources including but not limited to Illumina and PacBio sequences, Bionanobased optical maps and linkage map to assemble large and complex genomes. Excellent communication skills both verbally and written. Demonstrated ability to write scientific reports and has successfully published research findings in peer-reviewed journals. Previous postdoctoral experience preferred.

This is a two 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 Teaching (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)