University of California, Riverside

Microbiology and Plant Pathology



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Assistant Specialist Position in Phytophthora spp. genetic diversity, genomics, and molecular diagnostics
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
University of California Riverside (UCR)

Topic: “Develop and implement genomics tools for P. cinnamomi (Pc) population studies and diagnostics”

Responsibilities: The person in this position will lead and work independently by initiating new projects and lead existing ones regarding the development and implementation of genome-assisted approaches to study: i) genetic diversity of the pathogen in CA in natural and agricultural ecosystems and iii) implementation of molecular diagnostic tools for detecting Pc in the field.

  • Yearly sample collections (collaborative effort) in Northern and Southern CA to conduct pathogen population surveys.
  • Maintain the Pc collections.
  • Lead the activities regarding the assessment of the P. cinnamomi genetic diversity and population dynamics by using genomics-based approaches including but not limited to Genotyping By Genome Reduced Representation approaches such as Genotyping By Sequencing (GBS) or RADseq.
  • Implement and validate the currently available molecular diagnostic tools for P. cinnamomi detection developed by our collaborators including: Mitochondrial haplotypes, qPCR, and recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA).
  • Assist in the optimization and validation of the above molecular diagnostic tools for P. cinnamomi detection in the field.
  • Collaborate with the generation, assembly, and annotation of the P. cinnamomi genome of two representative CA isolates obtained using PacBio Sequencing technology.
  • Manage database, conduct statistical analyses, write publications, and assist in grants writing activities (This position allow the successful candidate to be PI/Co-PI in grants).

Minimum qualifications:

  • Ph.D in plant pathology, microbiology, or related areas.
  • Experience working with oomycete or fungal pathogens (basic laboratory and/ field isolation techniques).
  • Extensive experience in oomycete or fungal population studies using any of the following approaches: i) anonymous molecular markers (SSRs, AFLPs, RFLPs), ii) nuclear/mitochondrial gene polymorphisms, and iii) Next Generation Sequencingbased tools.
  • Extensive experience with DNA- and RNA-based techniques including nucleic acid isolation and qPCR.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, since this position involves preparing research progress reports and assisting the PI in publications and grant writing activities.
  • Work independently and in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Candidates with dual background in Phytophthora spp. biology and genomics will be strongly considered.
  • Experience with Next Generation of Sequencing platforms will be a plus.
  • Experience/knowledge related to plant-oomycete interactions will be a plus.
  • Candidates with experience in bioinformatic analysis of big genomic datasets will be strongly considered.
  • Strong background and publication record.
  • Greenhouse and field experience will be a plus.

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.

How to Apply / Contact: How to Apply / Contact: The position is available immediately. Screening of applications will start April 26, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a single PDF containing: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references to patricia.manosalva@ucr.edu. The subject of the email should be Assistant Specialist Position in Phytophthora cinnamomi genetic diversity”

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 Specialist Position in avocado breeding and genomics
UCR Avocado Rootstock Breeding Program
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
University of California Riverside (UCR)

Topic: "Develop and implement molecular breeding tools for genomic selection in avocado with focus on Phytophthora cinnamomi resistance”

Responsibilities: The person in this position will lead and work independently by initiating new projects and lead existing ones regarding the development and implementation of genome-assisted breeding approaches in avocado.

  • Analyze Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNPs) genotypic Fluidigm data from ~250 avocado and wild relative accessions to assess genetic relationships.
  •  Assist our collaborator to implement in the UCR program the Genotyping by Genome Reduced Representation (G-GRR) platform to generate SNPs markers.
  •  Conduct SNPs markers association studies by exploring different approaches todetect association with P. cinnamomi resistance.
  •  Conduct and analyze avocado transcriptome analyses using RNAseq at different times post inoculation.
  • Collaborate and assist with the annotation of the avocado reference genome project and the Illumina re-sequencing of UCR rootstock material.
  • Manage database, conduct statistical analyses, write publications, and assist in grants writing activities (PI/Co-PI in grants).
  • Assist in the development of high throughput methods for P. cinnamomi resistance screening among all the accessions in our germplasm.
  • Assist in the phenotypic assessment and statistical analyses of our breeding material for genetic analysis.

Minimum qualifications:

  •  Ph.D in plant genetics, genomics, plant breeding, or related areas including molecular plant pathology.
  •  Extensive experience in genomics and analyses of big sets of genomic data proven by peer-reviewed publication records.
  • Experience with statistical analyses and execution of bioinformatics pipelines for genetic studies.
  • Knowledge or experience with marker association mapping studies.
  • Applicants should have experience in DNA- and RNA-based techniques such as qPCR and cloning.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, since this position involves preparing research progress reports and assisting the PI in publications and grant writing activities.
  • Work independently and in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Candidates with dual background in biology and plant genomics will be strongly considered.
  • Experience working with tree/fruit crops genomics and/or breeding will be strongly considered.
  • Experience/knowledge related to plant pathology/plant-microbe interactions will be a plus.
  • Experience working with Phytophthora pathogens and using effectoromics to identify sources of resistance will be a plus.
  • Strong background and publication record.
  • Greenhouse and field experience will be a plus

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.

How to Apply / Contact: Candidates should submit a single PDF containing: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references to patricia.manosalva@ucr.edu. The subject of the email should be Assistant Specialist Position in avocado breeding and genomics”

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.

 

 

Junior Specialist I 

JOB TITLE : Junior Specialist I
BROAD SUBJECT AREA: Plant Pathology
CATEGORY: Science/Research/Laboratory
DEPARTMENT: Plant Pathology & Microbiology
POSITION AVAILABLE: Junior Specialist position, full time, with the possibility to do future work. Located at Science
Laboratory 1, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, UC Riverside.

NATURE AND PURPOSE:

A) Conduct research on new aspects of continuing projects under supervision of Principal Investigator.
B) Design lab and greenhouse laboratory experiments and methodologies, data analysis and interpretation of results, statistical analysis of data.
C) Perform molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR.
D) Support other lab personnel with various research projects.
E) The specialist will also play a key role in lab management activities involving maintenance of culture collections, lab supply inventory and general lab organization.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

I) Lab, Greenhouse and Field Experiment Support (70%)
II) Data Maintenance and Analysis (30%)
A) Maintain records of all results of laboratory and greenhouse experiments, enter them into computer spreadsheets and databases, and conduct simple analyses to illustrate results.
B) Maintain regular communication with other laboratory personnel, students, trainees, visitors, and the Principal Investigator.
C) Keep detailed records of laboratory greenhouse techniques.
D) Follow written protocols for methods developed during the course of the lab project.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants should submit: 1) a brief letter of intent outlining interest in the position, overall qualifications and experience, 2) a curriculum vitae or an Academic Biography, and 3) names with contact information for up to 3 people who have agreed to provide references. Electronic documents and email submission is encouraged.

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's Degree in Plant Sciences, Microbiology or other related fields of study preferred.

● Strong organizational, verbal and communication skills.
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

● Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Biology, or Plant Sciences
● Experience in lab work

CONTACT DETAILS:

Emma Gachomo, egachomo@ucr.edu
Department of Plant Pathology,
University of California,
Riverside, CA, 92521

Information about UCR:UC Riverside offers undergraduate and graduate education to 17,000 students and has a projected enrollment of 21,000 students by 2010. The 1,112-acre, park-like campus located in the heart of inland Southern California is in acommunity steeped in rich heritage, offering a dynamic mix of arts and entertainment and an opportunity for affordable living. Sixty miles east of Los Angeles, the campus is also within an hour's drive of Southern California beaches, mountain ski resorts and desert parks and reserves. To learn more about the campus visit http://www.ucr.edu

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

 

 Junior Specialist I 

JOB TITLE: Junior Specialist I
BROAD SUBJECT AREA: Plant Pathology
CATEGORY: Science/Research/Laboratory
DEPARTMENT: Plant Pathology & Microbiology
POSITION AVAILABLE: Junior Specialist position, full time, with the possibility to do future work. Located at Fawcett Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, UC Riverside.

NATURE AND PURPOSE:

A)   Conduct research on new aspects of continuing projects under supervision of Principal Investigator.
B)   Design field and laboratory experiments and methodologies, data analysis and interpretation of results, statistical analysis of data.
C)   Perform molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR.
D)   Support other lab personnel with various research projects.
E)   The specialist will also play a key role in lab management activities involving maintenance of culture collections, lab supply inventory and general lab organization.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

I)   Field and Lab Experiment Support (70%)
II)  Data Maintenance and Analysis (30%)

A)  Maintain records of all results of laboratory and field experiments, enter them into computer spreadsheets and databases, and conduct simple analyses to       illustrate results.
B)  Maintain regular communication with other laboratory personnel, students, trainees, visitors, and the Principal Investigator.
C)  Keep detailed records of field and laboratory techniques.
D)  Follow written protocols for methods developed during the course of this project.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants should submit: 1) a brief letter of intent outlining interest in the position, overall qualifications and experience, 2) a curriculum vitae or an Academic Biography, and 3) names with contact information for up to 3 people who have agreed to provide references. Electronic documents and email submission is encouraged.

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's Degree in Plant Sciences, Microbiology or other related fields of study preferred.

  • Strong organizational, verbal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Hired applicant must possess a valid California Driver's License.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences, Microbiology or Entomology
  • Experience in agricultural field work


CONTACT DETAILS:

Akif Eskalen, akif.eskalen@ucr.edu,
Department of Plant Pathology,
University of California,
Riverside, CA, 92521

Information about UCR:
UC Riverside offers undergraduate and graduate education to 17,000 students and has a projected enrollment of 21,000 students by 2010. The 1,112-acre, park-like campus located in the heart of inland Southern California is in a community steeped in rich heritage, offering a dynamic mix of arts and entertainment and an opportunity for affordable living. Sixty miles east of Los Angeles, the campus is also within an hour's drive of Southern California beaches, mountain ski resorts and desert parks and reserves. To learn more about the campus visit http://www.ucr.edu

Final Filing Date:  Open until filled

 

More Information 

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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