The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct research in Plant Virology under the supervision of Professor Georgios Vidalakis. The purpose of this position is to conduct research in citrus virology and to study the biological and molecular properties of a novel plant associated virus-like RNA species tentatively named iRNA.
The selected candidate will work at the Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) towards citrus transmission experiments to study iRNA tree delivery protocols (Agro-infiltration, RNA, mechanical, grafting etc.), transmissibility (pruning, seed etc.), mobility, host range, symptomatology, interactions with other citrus viral pathogens as well as effects on tree physiology, growth, and fruit production and quality of commercially important citrus scion and rootstock varieties. The selected candidate will also test samples from USA citrus producing areas to develop information on the iRNA distribution in the country. The selected candidate will be responsible for managing the research project and mentoring students.
Required qualifications for this position include: Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with experience in Plant Virology and a background in RNA biology particularly plant viruses and their transmission. Candidates must have hands-on experience with molecular biology techniques (nucleic acid extraction, cloning, Agro-infiltration, RT-qPCR, protoplast work, library construction, recombinant protein expression and purification, hybridization, ELISA etc.) as well as knowledge of executing and care of plant experiments in greenhouse, screenhouse, growth chamber, and field. Excellent communication skills to include written communication and ability to compose manuscripts for peer reviewed technical journal publications are expected. Candidates must be able to drive in California and work under hot greenhouse and field conditions. Preferred qualifications include: Experience working with citrus or other woody perennial tree crops. Experience in high-throughput sequencing library preparation, data analysis and bioinformatics would be considered an asset.
UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first- generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae including a publication list and the names of three current, professional references to include e-mail address and telephone number to Prof. Vidalakis via email to email@example.com with cc to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will commence on February 10, 2020 and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications by the above date.
For more information about this position, please contact Carolyn Anderson at email@example.com.
UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission explicitly states the goal of providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.The University of California, Riverside is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.