University of California, Riverside

Microbiology and Plant Pathology

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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 (

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.


 Junior Specialist I 

JOB TITLE: Junior Specialist I
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.


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.


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


Akif Eskalen,,
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

Final Filing Date:  Open until filled


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

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Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Boyce Hall 1463

Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-4294