University of California, Riverside

Microbiology and Plant Pathology



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Cluster Hire in Citrus – Assistant Professor in Agricultural Plant Genomics and Breeding

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of agricultural plant genomics and breeding. This position is part of a major initiative to maintain and enhance UCR’s world class research program in citrus and subtropical crops, as needed to address challenges posed by climate change, exotic pests and diseases, and to improve the health benefits of citrus.

The University of California at Riverside is implementing a major expansion of its faculty and investing in state-of-the-art research facilities to support their work. This expansion will build critical mass in 34 vital and emerging fields of scholarship, foster truly cross-disciplinary work, and further diversify the faculty at one of America’s most diverse research universities. We encourage applications from scholars committed to excellence and seeking to help define the research university for the next generation. For more information about our hiring initiative, please visit clusterhiring.ucr.edu or aprecruit.ucr.edu.

The successful candidate will have an appointment in an appropriate department, such as Botany and Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Plant Pathology, or Entomology, and in the Citrus Research Center and Agricultural Experiment Station at UCR. We seek an individual able to apply modern genetic and statistical genomic approaches to facilitate development of commercially successful cultivars of citrus and other crop plants, potentially including complementary research on model plants. A Ph.D. in genetics, plant breeding or other relevant discipline is required with a demonstrated record of excellence in research in a relevant discipline, and research experience in plant improvement. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. An additional requirement is a strong commitment to educating a diverse student body for the technological workforce. Faculty are encouraged to collaborate broadly with colleagues at UCR and elsewhere and entrepreneurship is encouraged. Excellent support for laboratory research is provided by core facilities in the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology and Plant Transformation Research Center. Field research is supported by a field station at UCR and a system of agricultural research and extension centers throughout the state. See http://cnas.ucr.edu for more information on the college, departments and facilities.

The appointment could commence as early as July 1, 2018. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A competitive start-up package will be provided. Applicants are expected to initiate a vibrant externally funded research program that addresses current and future needs of the California citrus industry and public. Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is expected.
The University of California, Riverside is situated in an historic citrus growing area surrounded by mountain ranges. Riverside is about an hour away from ski slopes, surfing, or hiking in mountain or desert environments, and housing in the area is relatively affordable. The campus
boasts a fully-accredited child care facility. UCR maintains a commitment to “family friendly” policies and programs including opportunity for spousal/partner hiring.

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.
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.

Review of applications will begin on April 11, 2018. We will continue to consider applications until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications by the above date. To apply, please register through the web link at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00894. Minorities and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. The position requires that the candidate provide a Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Statement of Research, a Teaching Statement, a Contributions to Diversity Statement, and 3-5 letters of reference. For questions about the position, please contact Mikeal Roose, Chair of the Search Committee, at mikeal.roose@ucr.edu. For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Katherine Sanchez, Academic Personnel at katherine.sanchez@ucr.edu.

 

Assistant Project Scientist I or II

The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at UC Riverside invites applications for Assistant Project Scientist I or II. A Ph.D. that includes considerable bioinformatics training is required. The appointment will be available April 1, 2018.

The successful applicant should have the following skills and attributes: (i) be proficient in bioinformatic analyses including using Robert Edgar’s pipelines for analyses of bacterial and fungal rRNA genes and rRNA ITS sequences, filtering out unwanted rRNA genes and rRNA ITS sequences using strategies based on BLAST and NCBI Taxonomic IDs, using QIIME for analyses of bacterial and fungal rRNA genes and rRNA ITS sequences, (ii) be proficient in writing code using Python and Bash scripts to optimize analyses and pipelines to examine bacterial and fungal rRNA genes and rRNA ITS sequences, (iii) be proficient in using R for graphing and statistical analyses, (iv) be proficient in growing mammalian cells in GALT Inc. arrays, (v) be proficient in fixing technical and minor mechanical problems associated with computers and laboratory equipment, (vi) be proficient in mammalian cell culture, (vii) be proficient in constructing Illumina sequencing libraries, (viii) ability to learn and understand how sugar beets are grown in the Imperial Valley (CA) and, (ix) ability to develop working relationships with members of the sugar beet community in the Imperial Valley (CA) such as growers and members of Spreckels Sugar Company.

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.

Advancement through the Project Scientist 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.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement of diversity, and provide contact information for three references to https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00885 by March 7, 2018, for full consideration. Minorities and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will commence on March 8, 2018. For inquiries regarding the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Professor James Borneman at borneman@ucr.edu. For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Christine Browner at christine.browner@ucr.edu.

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.


Assistant Professor in Mammalian Virology

The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of Mammalian Virology. Research topics could include the molecular biology of replication and gene expression of RNA viruses, virus-host interactions, virus-vector interactions, innate and adaptive immunity, and viral pathogenesis. Candidates working on state-of-the-art mammalian model systems are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates who incorporate systems biology approaches, large-scale genomics, high-throughput sequencing, bioinformatics and/or visual microscopy to their research programs are preferred.

The successful candidate will join an expanding group of Mammalian Virologists in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology and other units on campus. They will become members of the multidisciplinary Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) that connects theoretical and experimental researchers from different departments in Life, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and various campus-based Centers. The IIGB is organized around a large suite of Instrumentation Facilities that serve as a centralized, shared- use resource for faculty, staff and students, offering advanced tools in bioinformatics, microscopy and imaging, proteomics, metabolomics, and genomics. Collaborations are also expected with colleagues in the new School of Medicine, which has a growing faculty with expertise in infectious disease, immunology and inflammation. Finally, a modern vivarium and BSL3 facility are also located close to the candidate’s laboratory.

The successful candidate will be a catalyst to strengthen multidisciplinary collaborations addressing fundamental biological questions in mammalian virology. The investigator will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous, innovative, well-funded, and state-of-the-art research program, teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in departmental and interdepartmental graduate programs.

Applicants must have a Ph.D, specializing in Mammalian Virology or related disciplines with a minimum of two years of Postdoctoral experience. A strong record of research productivity and experience in Mammalian Virology is required.

Evaluation of applications will begin on December 1, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit the following materials online at  https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00844: (1) cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research and teaching interests, (4) a statement of contribution to diversity, and (5) three letters of recommendation (requested directly through our online application system). For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Ayala Rao, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at arao@ucr.edu.

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.

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.

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.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

Job Details: A post-doctoral research opportunity is available to study the mechanism of plant interactions with a biological control agents (BCA) by (i) comparative transcriptomic analysis of the plant response induced by the BCA (ii) identifying root-secreted compounds involved in communication between the plant and the BCA.

Job Requirements: Skills: A Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Microbiology or a closely related field. The position requires significant experience in working with micro-organisms in the lab and in planta, experience in working with Arabidopsis thaliana, and strong analytical ability. The successful candidate must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication (both verbal and written) skills, including a strong record of peer-reviewed publications. Expertise in molecular biology and bioinformatics. Ideally candidates should be within 3 years of receiving their Ph.D. In addition to conducting research, the incumbent will have roles in training undergraduate and graduate researchers within the lab, preparing manuscripts and cooperating with other team members and collaborators.

To apply, please send: (1) cover letter detailing your research experiences, interests and career goals; (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information of three references to Dr. Emma Gachomo (emma.gachomo@ucr.edu).

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 with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. 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.

 

 

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Boyce Hall 1463

Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-4294
E-mail: margarita.flores@ucr.edu

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