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Assistant Project Scientist - Dandekar Laboratory

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 5th, 2018
Last review date: September 19th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: November 30th, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant Project Scientist to provide significant and creative research contribution to programs related to fruit and nut crop disease resistance and management. The candidate will possess the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. Candidate will participate in research activities aimed at defining and improving traits that improve the sustainability of California specialty crops. The Project Scientist 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, 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.

A. Design, organize, and lead an innovative research program focusing on disease characterization, management, and use of natural compounds and defenses to improve plant health. This will include laboratory and greenhouse experiments, collecting and analyzing data across a wide range of experimental methods and conditions, with an emphasis on molecular and cellular aspects of plant-pathogen interactions.

B.Develop and execute genome-wide analysis tools to generate and apply novel information to improve plant protection. This will include integration of omics methods to identify specific molecular mechanisms both from the pathogen and host perspectives. Perform genome-editing of specialty crops to improve disease resistance. The candidate must also have demonstrated competence on different microscopy methods and be able to combine molecular methods with cellular analysis. The position requires expertise on the use of microfluidic devices to create specific analytical microenvironments. Image analysis of cells and tissues is also a desired skill.

C. Train, consult with, and advise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers with respect to design, analysis, and interpretation of scientific studies conducted in area of expertise.

D. Make substantive scientific, scholarly, and intellectual contributions by writing reports to funding agencies, giving talks and seminars at industry and scientific meetings, and publishing results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

E. Lead acquisition of funding through proposal writing and coordination with funding agencies including federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and private companies.

A. Search and establish collaborations with other researchers to improve or develop new research methods to improve understanding of plant-pathogen interactions.

B. Participate in professional societies and conferences both in California and nationally appropriate to his/her specific field

C. Serve as a reviewer for research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate

A. Engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public including laboratory visits and providing relevant advice to individuals such as researchers, other stakeholders or public agencies.

B. Engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service.

Ph.D. degree in Plant Science. Biochemistry, Biology, or closely related field.
Experience in Plant-pathogen interactions, complex data analysis, statistical models, as well as excellent communication skills both verbally and written.
Candidate will be expected to have a thorough publication record including peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations. Minimum of 8 years graduate and/or postdoctoral research experience preferred.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

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
  • 3-6 required (contact information only)

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