University of California, Riverside

Microbiology and Plant Pathology



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Full Time Junior Specialist Position- Roper and Borneman Labs

Posted: 8/27/2018

Job Title: A Full Time Junior Specialist position is available at the University of California, Riverside.

Area of Study: Bacteriology, Insect Assays, Plant Pathology

The candidate will be involved in a USDA-CDRE funded project centered around using the Bt toxin to target the vector (Asian citrus psyllid, ACP) of citrus Huanglongbing (HLB). The candidate’s projects will include (i) thoroughly characterizing the xylem and phloem inhabiting bacteria of citrus using culture, molecular and microscopic techniques (tracking fluorescently tagged bacteria in planta) and (ii) engineering xylem and phloem inhabiting bacteria of citrus to produce and deliver the Bt toxin into the xylem or phloem and then determining the effect of these Bt-producing bacteria on ACP survival and fecundity. Skills in culturing bacteria, bacterial genetics, molecular cloning, bacterial transformations and insect assays are highly desirable. The selected candidate will work among a multidisciplinary team of scientists that include plant pathologists, bioinformaticists, plant physiologists, citrus horticulturists, natural product chemists, chemical engineers and agricultural economists.

The position is for a full time junior specialist, available immediately and open until filled.

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.

For full consideration please submit a Curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests (no more than one page), university (unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate institution transcripts) and a list of 3 professional references. Send application materials to James Borneman, Ph.D., borneman@ucr.edu and Caroline Roper, Ph.D., mcroper@ucr.edu by email as a combined pdf.

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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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